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Airbus’ Sharklets deliver on fuel savings
12 September 2012
|A319 with Sharklets. Click to enlarge.|
Unveiled in 2009, the Sharklets—so-named because of their resemblance to a shark’s first dorsal fin—measure 2.4 meters in height, with their 200 kg (441 lbs) installed total weight offset by weight savings being introduced throughout the A320 Family airframe.
The large Sharklets provide aerodynamic improvements that result lower fuel burn, reduced emissions, increased range and payload, better take-off performance and rate-of-climb, higher optimum altitude, reduced engine maintenance costs and higher residual aircraft value.
These new fuel-saving wingtip devices represent the next phase in our ongoing development of the best-selling A320 Family. They will bring significant reduction in fuel burned: at least 3.5 per cent; in fact, our engineers are telling me that with the flight tests we’re completing now, it’s closer to four per cent.—John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers
Leahy made his comments at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show during an announcement that AirAsia will become the first operator of a Sharklet-equipped A320, receiving this milestone aircraft in December.
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