S7 Airlines, member of oneworld® global alliance, and Airbus signed a contract for installing new Sharklet wing-tip devices on two Airbus А320 aircraft operated by the carrier. The work will be carried out in spring by the specialists of the Engineering Aviation Maintenance Holding, Russia’s largest provider of MRO services, press-service of S7 reports.
«S7 Airlines operates one of the youngest and most advanced fleets in Russia. We use the cutting-edge technologies to make our liners not only comfortable but also efficient. This year we also plan to take delivery of two new Airbus A320 fitted with Sharklets», - Deputy CEO of S7 Airlines responsible for continued airworthiness, Alexey Ovsyannikov, said.
Sharklets improve the jet’s aerodynamics and offer operators up to 4% fuel burn reduction on longer range sectors and provide the flexibility of either adding an additional 180 km range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. The new wing-tip devices are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall.
The Sharklet “production-retrofit” option is being offered for newer aircraft delivered in December 2012 or later. These liners have been manufactured in accordance with the latest production standard of wings which are already capable of being fitted with Sharklets without any additional structural reinforcements. In 2015 the Sharklet option will become available for older aircraft (manufactured prior to December 2012). S7 Airlines put its first Airbus aircraft into operation in 2004. At present the carrier is the second largest Airbus operator in the region. The fleet of S7 Airlines comprises 20 Airbus A319s, 17 A320s and four A321s, the press-service explained.