Indian carrier GoAir has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped Airbus A320, two days after the similarly named IndiGo became the first Indian airline to receive a Sharklet-equipped A320.
GoAir, which is wholly owned by the Wadia Group, has financed its first Sharket-fitted Airbus A320 by means of a sale-and-leaseback arrangement leasing company with Aviation Capital Group (ACG).
The aircraft is part of an order placed by GoAir for 20 A320s in 2006. Its first Sharklet-equipped A320 is the 14th aircraft to join the fleet from the order. All six subsequent deliveries will be equipped with Sharklets.
“We already operate one of the youngest and most fuel efficient aircraft fleets anywhere in the world and the introduction of the Sharklet will add further efficiency,” sais Giorgio De Roni, GoAir’s CEO. “Our investment in the every latest technology like Sharklets, and also the A320neo, is a demonstration of our commitment to our customers and to the growth of our valued airline.”
Due to strong customer demand for Sharklets, Airbus has decided that all four of its A320-family final assembly lines (FALs) will be engaged in building aircraft fitted with Sharklets. Existing FALs are located in Toulouse, Hamburg and Tianjin (which is in China) and will soon be followed by an additional A320 FAL in Mobile, Alabama.
Sharklets are an option on new-build Airbus A320-family aircraft. They offer operators the option of an additional 100 nautical miles (161 kilometers) range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms (992lb).
The Sharklet devices will be standard fit on all members of the Airbus A320neo family. In 2011, GoAir placed an order for 72 A320neo aircraft.
To date, more than 9,000 A320-family and A320neo-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.