Chinese start-up Qingdao Airlines has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company.

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Finland’s national carrier, which is the launch customer for the A321 equipped with Sharklets, has taken delivery of the first of five Sharklet-equipped Airbus A321s it has on order.

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Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 30 A321ceo (current engine option) and 10 A330-300 widebodies, Delta’s first order with Airbus in two decades.

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American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320-family aircraft, which is also the first Airbus A319 delivered with Sharklets installed and the 100th A320-family jet to be delivered with Sharklets.

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Nepal Airlines Corporation, Nepal’s national flag carrier, has signed a firm order for two Airbus A320s equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, firming a memorandum of understanding agreed on April 29.

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U.S. carrier Spirit Airlines has placed a firm order for 20 Airbus A321 aircraft and has opted to convert existing orders for 10 A320s to the larger A321.

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Subject to shareholder approval, easyJet has identified a future need for 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft. These will be preceded by 35 Airbus A320ceo aircraft equipped with Sharklets. Of the 135 aircraft, 85 will be for replacement, according to Airbus.

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Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel-saving Sharklets, at a ceremony during the 50th Le Bourget Paris Air Show.

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Included in the Lufthansa order ‒ signed at the Paris Air Show ‒ are 100 35 Airbus A320neo jets, 35 A321neos and 30 A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft fitted with Sharklets.

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China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices, becoming the first Chinese carrier to do so. The aircraft is also the first Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 assembled and delivered at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Tianjin.

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Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices. The airline becomes the first in Central Asia to receive an Airbus A320-family jet with Sharklets.

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The manufacturer says Nepal Airlines Corporation chose the Airbus A320 for its fleet modernization because of the type’s operating economics, performance capability for high-altitude airport operations and operational flexibility.

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Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 100 Airbus A320-family aircraft and two A380s, as well as six Boeing 777-300ERs – the Boeing widebodies being destined for Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines.

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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 airline will receive 21 more new A320-family aircraft equipped with Sharklets by 2015.

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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 LOI makes JetBlue Airways the first airline in the world to decide to retrofit its existing fleet of Airbus A320-family jets with drag-reducing Sharklets.

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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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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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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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