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 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.
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.