UTair Aviation took delivery of its first Airbus A321 (tail number VQ-BRT), equipped with the new fuel-saving Sharklet wing tip devices. It is the fifth aircraft delivered to the carrier under a contract for delivery of 20 airliners signed in 2012, the company’s press-service reports.
"The new wing tip devices are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They offer operators up to four percent fuel burn reduction, improve the jet’s aerodynamics and help reduce СO2 and NOx emissions. Moreover, Sharklets help increase the jet’s range and payload", - the airline noted.
The A321 airliners delivered to the carrier under this contract are powered by CFM56-5B engines and feature a single-class cabin layout seating 220 passengers. UTair operates these jets on international and domestic routes with high passenger traffic. UTair Aviation will take delivery of seven more jets of the type in 2014, the press-service added.