Sunday, 23 December 2012

AirAsia gets first Airbus A320 with sharklets

TOULOUSE (FRANCE): AirAsia Bhd today took delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft installed with the sharklet wing tips.

It is also the first operator of the new fuel-saving large wing tip devices.

AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar said the new sharklets, which cut fuel bills by four per cent, will enable the budget carrier to optimise costs, in a time of high fuel price.

This savings, she added, might be translated to even lower fares for AirAsia's customers.

She said the sharklet wing tips will also be fitted on previously ordered, newly-built Airbus A320's for AirAsia.

"These newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly," she told reporters after receiving the new Airbus A320 at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse,
France, here today.

Also present to hand over the aircraft was Airbus Chief Operating Officer for Customers, John Leahy.

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.

"Cost is always a key focus for AirAsia Group which has seen other key initiatives throughout the year, such as our recent relocation of operations in Thailand to a dedicated low cost terminal," Aireen said.

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. -- BERNAMA

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wow...4% fuel cut for the new Airbus A320 with sharklets...hope this will translate into their earning.

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