Airbus started delivering A320 aircraft with Sharklet (photo / video)
Airbus, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial aircraft, began delivering family aircraft A320 equipped with Sharklet.
"Sharklet"Is a piece made of composite materials, is 2.4 meters high, triangular in shape and is mounted on the wing tips. The "Sharklet" effect translates to reducing fuel consumption by up to 4%, CO2 emissions by up to 700 tonnes per aircraft / year, increasing autonomy by up to 160 km, increasing mass supported by up to 450 Kg.
It all started on 15 November 2009, the date when the "Sharklet" project was announced. After 3 years, on 11 September 2012, AirAsia was presented as the first airline to be in possession of an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet.
But until the delivery of the first A320 with Sharklet, it was 3 years of ground and air tests that demonstrated the effectiveness of the new changes. On 26 November 2011 was presented the first A320 with "Sharklet", and on 30 November 2011 performed the first test flight. In October 2012 is equipped with the first A321 aircraft with Sharklet (MSN 5295), and on October 23 the first flight with the new wing-mounted tips was operated. In November, the project is extended to the A319 model, and on 23 November 2012 the MSN 5327 aircraft made the first flight with Sharklet.
On 21 December 2012, AirAsia became the first airline operator to own an A320 Sharklet.
And so began a new era for the A320 aircraft family. In these tough times, more and more airline operators are calling for Sharklet tips. Below is the list of air carriers that have already owned the first A320 Sharklet aircraft.
Cebu Pacific Air - 21 January 2013
JetBlue Airways - 22 February and the first operator in North America