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11 July 2012
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus’ fuel-efficiency “hunter” comes to the Farnborough Airshow

A320 Sharklet close up
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26 April 2012

A320 Sharklet close up

Airbus’ Sharklet wingtip devices, which are specially designed for the company’s best-selling A320 Family of jetliners, provide aerodynamic improvements that result in multiple benefits for operators

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10 July 2012

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The first production A320 jetliner outfitted with fuel-saving Sharkets was brought by Airbus to the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow

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A sleek new aircraft profile was added to the Farnborough Airshow as Airbus’ first production A320 with fuel-saving Sharkets arrived for an appearance at the aerospace industry event.
With the words: “Hunting down fuel burned” emblazoned on its fuselage, the A320 joined the Malaysia Airlines A380 and ACJ318 corporate jetliner that Airbus brought to the air show’s aircraft static display line. 
The arrival of this A320 – Airbus’ first new-build aircraft fitted with the large wingtip devices – was appropriately timed, as its touchdown occurred only hours before the announcement of Drukair’s firm order signing for an A319 equipped with Sharklets, complementing the Bhutan national airline’s existing fleet of two A319s.   
Sized at approximately 2.5 metres tall, Sharklets are specially designed for the A320 Family and will reduce fuel burn by up to 3.5 percent – resulting in an annual CO2 reduction of some 700 tonnes per aircraft – while also enhancing aircraft performance.
Sharklets are available as options on members of the A320 Family now in production, and will be standard on Airbus’ new A320neo Family.
A320 Sharklet close up
 

Airbus’ Sharklet wingtip devices, which are specially designed for the company’s best-selling A320 Family of jetliners, provide aerodynamic improvements that result in multiple benefits for operators

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