Low-cost carrier Jetstar Japan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wingtip devices, becoming the first Japanese carrier to operate an Airbus aircraft with Sharklets.

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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.

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Frontier Airlines is launching six-times-weekly non-stop service between its hub at Denver International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on May 16.

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IndiGo, India’s largest carrier in terms of market share and its most consistently profitable airline, took delivery of the Sharklet-equipped new A320 on January 28, 2013. The aircraft is the 62nd new A320 delivered to the Indian carrier, which operates an all-Airbus fleet.

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Subject to receiving government approval, JetBlue Airways plans to launch daily non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Juan Santamaría International Airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica, on June 27.

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Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines has ordered three Airbus A320neos and three Airbus A319s and A320s, according to engine manufacturer CFM International.

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BOC Aviation’s order includes A320 and A321 versions of both neo (new engine option) and ceo (current engine option) versions.

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The contract, signed in December, represents the first direct purchase by Citilink from Airbus. It follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 Airbus A320 and 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink.

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JetBlue Airways is now selling tickets for the daily non-stop service it is launching on June 13 between Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Medellin’s José María Córdova International Airport.

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Subject to government approval, Dragonair will launch a new three-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Da Nang on March 28.

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US Airways will begin non-stop, daily year-round service from its international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport to Salt Lake City, Utah on June 8.

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The stylish fledgling carrier has earned customer loyalty from many travelers who have flown it, especially frequent fliers fatigued and frustrated by the vexations of U.S. domestic air travel.

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The A320 family’s Sharklets are made from lightweight composite materials and are 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) tall. These newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly.

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Allegiant Travel Company expects the average age of the Airbus A320 aircraft at delivery to be 12 years. They will be outfitted to seat 177 passengers in all-economy configuration and will be powered by CFM56-5B engines. The A320s have most recently been operated by Spanish carrier Iberia.

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JetBlue Airways intends to serve Medellin in Colombia daily from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from June 2013. Subject to receiving government approval, JetBlue Airways plans to make tickets for its Medellin flights available for purchase in January.

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The order covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the AirAsia network.

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Starflyer already operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s, the first of which was delivered in Toulouse exactly seven years ago. With the aircraft delivered on December 12, the airline’s fleet will raise to eight A320s and it has another six to be delivered via lease and direct purchase.

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From April 2013, Virgin Atlantic will operate six round-trips a day between Heathrow and Edinburgh, and three between Heathrow and Aberdeen. It will also use three of its existing Heathrow slot pairs to fly three daily round-trips between Heathrow and Manchester from March 31.

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According to the manufacturer, EASA European certification for CFM56-powered Airbus A320-family jets with Sharkets will be followed very soon by certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

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