Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), the
aerospace manufacturing division of the Korean Air Group, has been
selected by Airbus to supply new Sharklet wingtip devices
including a wingspan extension for the A330neo – the new variant
of the A330 Family of widebody aircraft.
terms of the agreement, KAL-ASD will manufacture the new composite
wingtip devices at its Busan facility in South Korea, and supply
them to the A330 Family final assembly line in Toulouse.
by the curved wingtips on the
A350 XWB, the A330neo’s devices will
increase overall wingspan from 60.3m of today’s A330ceo to 64m
while conferring increased lift with reduced drag.
Along with the A330neo’s latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000
engines, these new wingtips, plus other aerodynamic enhancements
and new cabin features, will enable the aircraft to achieve an
overall 14% reduction in fuel burn per seat compared with A330ceos
in service today.
The application of these incremental innovations
will allow operators to benefit from a range increase of up to 400
Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017.
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