Airbus produced its first new-build A320 with Sharklets. Seen here at its roll-out in Toulouse, MSN 5098 will is one of several A320 aircraft in the certification flight-test campaign starting in May and lasting around 600 flight hours. The Sharklet tests follow the successful ‘early flight-test’ campaign with Airbus’ A320 MSN 001 test aircraft.
Seven new-build A320 Family aircraft fitted with both CFM56 and V2500 engine types will test production-standard Sharklets. The results of the tests will lead to certification of these fuel-saving devices on each combination of aircraft model and engine selection. The first member of the family to enter service with Sharklets will be a CFM56-powered A320, in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Sharklets are expected to reduce fuel burn by up to 3.5%, leading to annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft. This is equivalent to the CO2 produced by around 200 cars annually.
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