Airbus: Sharklet Retrofit for Older A319s & A320s

Courtesy of Airbus
Courtesy of Airbus
Courtesy of Airbus
Courtesy of Airbus

This is pretty cool news!

Airbus says they will offer retrofitted sharklet wing tip devices for older A319 & A320 series jets starting in 2015. They will perform the same retrofit modification for the A321 series jets at a later date.

Currently, sharklets have only been available on newly manufactured Airbus jets. The benefits include about a 4% reduction in fuel consumption and about an extra 100 nautical miles in range.

According to Airbus, sharklet installation can be completed in approximately 13 days.

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