Spring Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in
Shanghai, has signed an agreement with Airbus for Sharklet
retrofit of its A320 aircraft in operation.
Airbus says that thanks to this aerodynamic
upgrade, Spring Airlines’ retrofitted aircraft will benefit from a
reduction in fuel costs by up to 4%, an annual 900t reduction in
CO2 emissions, an increased mission range by up to 100 nautical
miles and improved performances at high elevation airports.
Spring Airlines took delivery of its first A320
with Sharklets in September 2013. Since then the operator has been
evaluating the effect of Sharklets on the operational performance
of its fleet of six Sharklet-equipped A320s. Based on the proven
operational advantage observed from more than 8500 accumulated
flight hours, Spring Airlines decided to select Sharklets for
all its new deliveries and now has decided to expand the option to
its in-service fleet as well.
“We are delighted to be the first
airline in China to perform Sharklet retrofit to our aircraft in
operation,” said Wang Zhenghua, Chairman of Spring Airlines. “As a
low-cost operator, Spring Airlines is committed to offering our
passengers with the most efficient means of transportation but
keeping the fares at a level which is affordable to the general
public. 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,” Wang added.
Sharklets are made from light-weight
composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on
new-build A320 Family aircraft and standard on all members of the
new A320neo family.
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.
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