Engineering Aviation Maintenance Holding, Russia’s largest provider of aircraft MRO services, retrofitted two Airbus A320 airliners operated by S7 Airlines with Sharklets, the carrier’s press-service reports.
All the operations connected with dismounting of traditional A320 Family wing-tip devices and installation of Sharklets were carried out by the company’s specialists in Moscow. It took two days to retrofit one liner. The contract for upgrading these two A320 jets was signed by S7 Airlines and Airbus in April 2014.
“The order for retrofitting S7’s A320 liners with Sharklets is very important for our holding company, - CEO of Engineering Aviation Maintenance Holding, Vladimir Perekrestov, said. – We are the first MRO provider in Russia to train employees and prepare facilities for installation of this new wing-tip devices, and we are ready to offer this service to customers from Russia and foreign countries”.
“Sharklets improve the jet’s aerodynamics. They offer operators up to four percent 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 kg. The new wing-tip devices are 2.4 meters tall and made from light-weight composite materials. Airbus has been delivering Sharklets as an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft since December 2012. These liners have reinforced wings and can be fitted with Sharklets without any additional modifications. In 2015 the Sharklet option will become available for older aircraft (manufactured prior to December 2012)”, - the company added.
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, 18 A320s and four A321s.