|Spring Airlines sharklet wing tips. Photo: PR Newsire|
[Avionics Today 10-09-2014] Spring Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Shanghai, China, has signed an agreement with Airbus for sharklet retrofit of its A320 aircraft in operation. Spring will be the first Chinese airline to perform retrofit of the devices, which are said to improve the aerodynamics of the A320 family and cut fuel burn and emissions by up to 4 percent.
The airline took delivery of its first A320 with sharklets, which are also said to increase mission range by up to 100 nautical miles or increase payload capability of up to 450 kilograms, in September 2013. After more than 8,500 accumulated flight hours, Spring decided to select the wing tips for all new deliveries and expand the option to its in-service fleet.