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Friday, March 1, 2013

Lufthansa Receives First Sharklet-Equipped A320

Airbus announced the delivery of the first A320 equipped with sharklets to Lufthansa, the first European carrier to receive the aircraft featuring the fuel-saving wing-tip devices.

(Photo provided courtesy of Airbus.)

The sharklets improve the aerodynamics of the aircraft with a fuel burn reduction of up to four percent, allowing increased range and payload capability for operators.

Lufthansa has an order for 21 additional A320 family aircraft equipped with sharklets, with deliveries expected to be complete in 2015, Airbus said.

(Photo provided courtesy of Airbus.)

Airbus also recently announced the first North American carrier to debut an A320 equipped with sharklets, New York-based JetBlue, who also signed a letter of intent to retrofit its entire in-service fleet of A320s with sharklets. More

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