Tuesday, September 11, 2012
AirAsia to Operate First Airbus A320s With Sharklets
Airbus on Tuesday announced AirAsia will become the first airline to operate the A320 with sharklets.
The Airbus sharklets are bent-back wing tips that provide aerodynamic improvements resulting in lower fuel burn, reduced emissions and increased range and payload, the airframe manufacturer said. Airbus predicts the sharklets will result in close to 4 percent fuel savings on longer sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 1,000 tonnes per aircraft.
"The A320 has played a key role in our success, enabling us to offer our passengers the lowest fares possible and completely redefine short haul travel in Asia,” said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO. “Now we are looking forward to become the first airline in the world to start operating this most fuel-efficient aircraft.”
Sharklets will be fitted on previously ordered A320s for AirAsia, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter. In 2011, AirAsia placed an $18 billion order for 200 A320neos.