First Airbus A320 With Sharklets
AirAsia is the first operator of the new fuel-saving large wing tip devices which was installed in its new Airbus A320 aircraft. The new sharklets is expected to cut fuel bills by four per cent, will enable the budget carrier to optimise costs, in a time of high fuel price.
The newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly. The new Airbus A320 is AirAsia Group’s 115th aircraft and will be used to serve the routes plied by AirAsia Malaysia.
The Airbus A320 with Sharklets will offer the flexibility of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilogrammes.
The AirAsia Group across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan, utilises a 100 per cent Airbus A320 fleet, and there are 33 more aircraft expected to be delivered to the AirAsia Group in the various countries next year.
AirAsia also recently announced a firm order of an additional 100 Airbus A320 aircraft, including 36 A320ceo (current engine option), with Sharklets.
Altogether, AirAsia has ordered 475 single aisle aircraft from Airbus, comprising 264 A320neo (new engine options) and 211 A320ceo. Additional delivery slots for these aircraft are scheduled up to 2021.