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Published on : Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tigerair today took delivery of the first of its in-service A320 aircraft to be fitted with Sharklets post-production. This A320 aircraft, which also bears the airline’s refreshing new livery, was unveiled at Sepang Aircraft Engineering, a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Kuala Lumpur.
Sharklets are large wing-tip devices made from light-weight composites. Measuring 2.4 metres tall, they were designed to enhance the A320’s payload range performance by 100 nautical miles, or a capacity increase of up to 450 kilogrammes. Sharklets further contribute to the eco-efficiency of the A320’s performance by offering up to four per cent reduction in fuel consumption. In-service data reveal that this translates into an estimated 3,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide reduction per aircraft, per annum.
Commenting on Tigerair’s modified A320s, Group CEO of Tigerair Mr Koay Peng Yen said,
“The increase in travel demand over the recent years across our network has led to higher
aircraft utilisation for Tigerair. These Sharklets will enable us to significantly reduce our
carbon footprint, while maximising fuel efficiency. Being the first airline in Asia to be
retrofitted with Airbus Sharklets is also a win-win for us as it enables us to do our part for the environment while giving us a competitive advantage in the industry.”
“Airbus Congratulates Tigerair on becoming the first airline in the asian region to retrofit fuel-saving Sharklets on an in-service aircraft,” said John Leahy, Cheif Operating Officer, Customers,Airbus. “The Sharklets will see Tigerair benefit from even lower operating costs and enhanced efficiencies’enabling the airline to continue offering great low fares wherever it flies.’
In addition to its existing fleet of 49 A320s, Tigerair will take delivery of another 19 aircraft as part of its network expansion strategy to offer greater choice and value to its customers.
Most of these 19 aircraft will be fitted with Sharklets, and delivered by the Financial Year
Source:- Tiger Air