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.
The Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 is the second of four to be leased by Hong Kong Aviation Capital to Jetstar Japan.
Sharklets are an option on new-build Airbus A320-family aircraft, and will be standard on all members of the A320neo family.
The new wingtip devices measure 2.4 meters (7.7 feet) tall, replacing the A320’s current sideways-V-shaped wingtip fence device. They offer the flexibility to A320-family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles (161 kilometers) more range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms (992lb).
“We are very happy to be the first operator of the latest version of the cost efficient A320 in Japan,” says Miyuki Suzuki, president of Jetstar Japan. “The new Sharklet-equipped A320 will help us to save on fuel costs and allow us to continue to offer low fares to our customer.”
“With a 4 per cent fuel burn reduction, the A320 with Sharklets makes Jetstar Japan one of the most fuel efficient airlines and gives it huge competitive advantages in one of the world’s most challenging markets,” says John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.
Launching operations in July 2012, Jetstar Japan is a joint venture among the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation.
Jetstar Japan operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s, and this will grow to 24 aircraft by the end of 2014.
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.