JetBlue Airways has signed a letter of intent with Airbus to acquire 110 ship-sets of Sharklets to retrofit the airline’s in-service A320s.
The letter of intent makes JetBlue Airways the first airline in the world to decide to retrofit its existing fleet of Airbus A320-family jets with drag-reducing Sharklet wing-tip devices.
Deliveries of the Sharklets to JetBlue Airways are scheduled to start in 2014.
Last week, JetBlue unveiled the first of its Airbus A320 aircraft to be outfitted with Sharklets. The wing-tip devices are expected to improve the aerodynamics of Airbus A320-family aircraft and cut fuel burn and emissions by up to 4 per cent.
“Airbus has been a tremendous partner in developing the Sharklets solution for our A320 fleet; we believe we have made an excellent choice for our aircraft,” says Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. “We feel the Sharklets are a prudent investment in our fleet, our environment and our people that will maximize performance and efficiency, while minimizing our carbon footprint.”
Sharklets are an option for current-generation A320-family aircraft and offer JetBlue the option of an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 1,000 pounds.
The new wing-tip devices will be standard fit on all members of the Airbus A320neo family.
JetBlue is not only the first carrier to fly with Sharklets in North America but, with the conclusion of this agreement and the retrofitting, will have the largest A320 fleet in the world with Sharklets. JetBlue’s future Airbus A320-family deliveries will come already outfitted with Sharklets.