Etihad Airways has signed a contract with Airbus
to equip 17 of its future A320s on order, with Airbus’ fuel saving
The new wingtip devices measure 2.5 metres tall,
replace the aircraft’s current wingtip fence and will reduce fuel
burn particularly over longer sectors.
of the Sharklet-equipped A320s to Etihad Airways will begin in the
third quarter of 2013.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier
started taking delivery of its 20 A320s on order in the last
quarter of 2011. Once in service, the A320s equipped with
Sharklets will make Etihad Airways’ single-aisle fleet one of the
most modern and fuel efficient in the Middle East.
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan,
said, “In today’s climate, our airline is fully focused on maximizing the environmental efficiency of the entire fleet. By growing our fleet with the modern, fuel efficient
Sharklet-equipped A320, we’ll be able to reduce fuel burn which is
central to our goal of growing profitability in the years ahead.”
Offered as an option on
new-build aircraft from the end of 2012, the devices increase
payload-range and improve take-off performance. Airbus says that the new wing tip
devices will result in around 3.5% reduced fuel burn over
longer sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around
1,000 tonnes per aircraft.
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