Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices.
The airline becomes the first in Central Asia to receive an Airbus A320-family jet with the new wing-tip devices.
Air Astana’s latest Airbus A320, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a two-class cabin, seating 148 passengers with 16 in business class and 132 in economy.
Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the A320 family’s aerodynamics by reducing drag.
They are made from lightweight composites and are 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) tall.
Sharklets are an option on current-build A320 family aircraft, offering A320-family operators the flexibility adding around 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers) more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms (980lb).
“With the delivery of their first Sharklet equipped A320, Air Astana will benefit from lower operating costs and extended range. Further A320 Family aircraft that will be delivered later this year will contribute to the airline’s expansion and growth plans,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers.
Air Astana started commercial service with its first Airbus aircraft, an A320, in 2006, and is currently operating one A319, seven A320s and four A321s.
To date, more than 9,400 aircraft Airbus A320-family have been ordered and over 5,500 delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide.