Indian carrier IndiGo has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices, becoming the first Indian carrier to do so.
Sharklets are wing-tip devices designed to improve the aerodynamics of Airbus A320-family aircraft. According to the manufacturer, Sharklets cut an aircraft’s fuel burn and emissions by 4 per cent on longer sectors.
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.
Sharklets are an option on new-build A320-family aircraft, and will be standard on all members of the Airbus A320neo family. According to Airbus, they give A320-family operators the flexibility of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms (992lb).
All future A320s to be delivered to IndiGo will be fitted with Sharklets.
“In little over six years since we began operating, our low fares and high service ethos at IndiGo has enabled us to grow to become India’s largest domestic carrier,” said Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo’s president. “We already operate one of the world’s youngest, most fuel-efficient fleets and our investment in Sharklet[s] will help reduce our fuel consumption even further.”
IndiGo placed an order for 100 Airbus A320s in 2005, all to be delivered by 2016. In addition IndiGo was the first Indian airline to order the Airbus A320neo, signing a purchase contract for 150 Airbus A320neo jets and 30 more A320s in 2011.
To date, more than 9,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.