Posted on: 13 October 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Spring Airlines is set to become the first Chinese carrier to retrofit its fleet of Airbus A320s with Sharklet wingtip devices, as well as selecting the fuel saving device for all new deliveries.
After installing six of its A320s with Sharklets from September 2013 onwards, Spring was able to observe the advantages of the lightweight 2.4 metre tall parts over an accumulated 8,500 flight hours. Airbus’s Sharklets could save the airline up to 4% in fuel costs, as well as improving mission range by up to 100 nautical miles.
“As a low-cost operator, Spring Airlines is committed to offering our passengers the most efficient means of transportation and keeping fares at a level which is affordable to the general public,” remarked chairman of Spring Airlines, Wang Zhengua. “We are willing to invest in new technologies that help us further reduce the operational cost of our all Airbus A320 fleet, which is already a benchmark of the industry.”
Following the success of line-fit Sharklets, Airbus, via its Upgrade Services business unit, entered service with the retrofit programme in February 2013 for all A320 family aircraft equipped with the latest standard wings.