AirAsia becomes first operator of Airbus' Sharklet equipped A320

(Photo: Airbus)

(Photo: Airbus)

On December 21 Airbus delivered the first A320 equipped with Sharklets.  AirAsia
becomes the first operator of the new fuel-saving large wing tip devices which are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and are standard on all members of the A320neo family.
Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 metres tall.  These newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft.  Airbus says the Sharklet’s cut airlines’ fuel bills by around 4% and offer the flexibility to A320 family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilogrammes.
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia commented: “We are extremely proud to be the first airline in the world to take delivery of an A320 fitted with
Airbus’ new, fuel saving Sharklets.  AirAsia has a long-standing, special relationship with Airbus and as we grow our network with our all A320 fleet, these new wing tip devices will contribute to fulfilling our goal of being the most efficient, innovative low cost airline in
the world.”
Airbus says that due to the very strong customer demand for Sharklets, all its single-aisle
final assembly lines (FALs) will be engaged in building A320 Family aircraft with Sharklets.  These FALs are located in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Tianjin (China) and will soon be followed by an additional A320 FAL in Mobile (Alabama, USA).
AirAsia is Airbus’ largest A320 family airline customer.  The carrier recently (December 13) placed a new order for 100 more A320 Family aircraft including 36 A320ceo aircraft with Sharklets.