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Airbus ‘Sharklets’ ready for flight tests

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 22, 2011
Airbus will begin testing "Sharklet" wing-tip devices on its A320 deveopment aircraft, MSN 001, in the coming weeks. (Airbus.)

Airbus is set to begin flight testing of its first ‘Sharklet’ wingtip devices for the A320 Family of single aisle jetliners.

Airbus claims the 2.5 metre tall drag reducing devices will cut fuel use by up to 3.5 per cent, saving an estimated 700 tonnes per aircraft in annual carbon emission – an amount similar to the emission produced by about 200 cars.

The Sharklets is offered as an option on newly built A320s and is standard on the A320neo family, which is scheduled to begin delivery in 2015.

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