Germany’s airberlin group has took delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel saving wing tip devices, called Sharklets. The aircraft will join the fleet of the Austrian based airline NIKI, which is owned by the airberlin group. Between now and 2015 the airberlin group, Germany’s second biggest airline, will receive 13 more A320-Family aircraft with Sharklets.
Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices, measuring 2.4 metres and replacing the A320’s current wing tip fence. They improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by up to 4%. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the NEO Family.
Airbus says they offer the flexibility to A320 Familyn operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.