New Air Arabia A320s to feature Sharklets

Air Arabia has selected Sharklets for 28 out of 44 A320s ordered by the airline, deliveries of which will begin in the second quarter of 2013.

Delivery of Air Arabia’s order of 44 Airbus A320s (34 placed in 2007 and 10 in 2008) has began in the last quarter of 2010 and will make the carrier one of the region’s largest A320 operators.

“Air Arabia is on the path of a reasonable expansion, in line with the company’s vision to become one of the world’s leading airlines in terms of eco-efficiency, profit margin, innovation, and operational excellence. This new order will further contribute to the airline’s operational efficiency when we take delivery of the first Sharklet-equipped A320s in 2013,” declared Adel Ali, board member and group CEO of Air Arabia.

Sharklets were launched for development in 2009. These new wingtip devices are around 2.5 metres tall and further enhance the efficiency of the popular A320 family by replacing the aircraft’s current wingtip fence. Offered as an option on new-build aircraft from the end of 2012, the devices reduce fuel burn particularly over longer sectors. As well as increasing payload-range and improving take-off performance, Sharklets result in around 3.5% reduced fuel burn over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft.

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