Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Nov 21, 2011
Airbus says it has completed installation of the first set of ‘Sharklet’ wing-tip devices on the A320 development aircraft (MSN 001), preparing for the flight-test campaign in the coming weeks.
Sharklets, which have been specially designed for the Airbus A320 Family, will reduce fuel burn by up to 3.5 percent.
These new wingtip devices are around 2.5 metres tall and will replace the aircraft’s current wingtip fence. Offered as an option on new-build aircraft, as well as being standard on the A320neo Family, Sharklets will also enhance the aircraft’s payload-range and take-off performance.