German flag carrier Lufthansa has taken delivery at the Airbus A320 final-assembly line in Hamburg of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets. The...

German flag carrier Lufthansa has taken delivery at the Airbus A320 final-assembly line in Hamburg of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets.

Lufthansa took delivery on March 1, 2013 of its first new Airbus A320 equipped with drag-reducing, fuel-saving Sharklets. The German airline would be the first European carrier to operate an A320-family jet fitted with Sharklets

Lufthansa took delivery on March 1, 2013 of its first new Airbus A320 equipped with drag-reducing, fuel-saving Sharklets. The German airline would be the first European carrier to operate an A320-family jet fitted with Sharklets

 


Lufthansa will be the first carrier in Europe to operate Airbus A320-family jets with the new fuel-saving Sharklets.

Frankfurt-based Lufthansa will receive 21 more new A320-family aircraft equipped with Sharklets by 2015.

Sharklets are made from light-weight composite material and are 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) tall.

They are an option on new-build A320-family aircraft but will be standard fit on all members of the new Airbus A320neo family.

When it took delivery at Airbus' Hamburg facility of its first Sharklet-equipped new A320 on March 1, 2013, Lufthansa became the first carrier in Europe to operate an A320-family aircraft fitted with the drag-reducing, fuel-saving devices. The airline was due to receive 21 more new A320-family jets equipped with Sharklets by 2015

When it took delivery at Airbus’ Hamburg facility of its first Sharklet-equipped new A320 on March 1, 2013, Lufthansa became the first carrier in Europe to operate an A320-family aircraft fitted with the drag-reducing, fuel-saving devices. The airline was due to receive 21 more new A320-family jets equipped with Sharklets by 2015

 

According to Airbus, Sharklets will offer operators a fuel-burn reduction of up to 4 per cent on longer-range sectors.

They allow airlines either to add 100 nautical miles (160 kilometers) to an A320-family jet’s typical operating range or to increase its payload capability by up to 450 kilograms (992lb).

As of today, more than 9,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been sold worldwide and more than 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators.