|First A320 with sharklets produced in China [Photo: Airbus]|
China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with sharklets, making it the first Chinese airline to use the fuel saving wing tip devices.
Not only that, but the aircraft is also the first sharklets-equipped A320 to be assembled and delivered in Tianjin. Double milestone!
The A320 (pictures on this page), powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a two class cabin, seating 158 passengers with eight in business class and 150 in economy. Wasting no time at all, its first commercial flight will be operated from Shanghai to Dalian tomorrow. Visit my Facebook page for more aircraft photos.
|China Eastern Airlines welcomes new A320 [Photo: Airbus]|
“In the near future, China Eastern will further expand our sharklet equipped A320 family fleet.”
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Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 metres tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and standard on all members of the new A320neo family.
According to Airbus, they offer operators up to four per cent fuel burn reduction on longer range sectors and provide the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.
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Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre has delivered 126 aircraft since June 2009 and plans to deliver 46 aircraft in total in 2013.