Airberlin and SWISS are the latest airlines to take delivery of airbus aircraft fitted with fuel-saving upward wingtip extensions, also called ‘sharklets’ due to their resemblance with shark fins.
Germany-based airberlin took delivery of sharklet-equipped Airbus A320s in early 2013. These planes will be operated by airberlin-owned Austrian airline NIKI. Airberlin will receive 13 more sharklet-equipped A320 aircraft by 2015.
Switzerland’s national airline SWISS also took delivery of its first sharklets-equipped plane on March 20, 2013.
The 2.4-metre-tall sharklets improve wingtip airflow and offer claimed fuel savings of between one to four percent.
Jetblue, Lufthansa and European airline Vueling have also recently received their first A320-family aircraft with sharklets.