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airberlin takes delivery of first A320 with sharklets

March 28, 2013, Berlin, Ger. - Germany's airberlin group took delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel saving wing tip devices, called Sharklets.


March 28, 2013
Carey Fredericks

The aircraft will join the fleet of the Austrian
based airline NIKI, which is owned by the airberlin group. Between now
and 2015 the airberlin group, Germany’s second biggest airline, will
receive 13 more A320-Family aircraft with Sharklets.

Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices,
measuring 2,4 metres and replacing the A320’s current wing tip fence.
They improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the
airline’s fuel burn and emissions by up to four per cent. Sharklets are
an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members
of the NEO Family. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators
of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an
increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

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