Spring Airlines plans to adopt Airbus’ Sharklet upgrade on its A320 aircraft.
The aerodynamic winglets will allow Spring Airlines to benefit from a reduction in fuel costs by up to four per cent, an annual 900t reduction in CO2 emissions, and an increased range of up to 100 nautical miles.
Spring Airlines first took delivery of a brand new A320 equipped with Sharklets in September 2013, and now has six similar aircraft in its fleet. Since then, the carrier has evaluated the effects of the device based on the operational performances from more than 8500 accumulated flight hours.
The results have been favourable, and Spring Airlines is now ready to extend the upgrade to its entire in-service fleet. This also means the low-cost carrier will be the first Chinese airline to retrofit the fuel saving device on its fleet.
“As a low-cost operator, Spring Airlines is committed to offering our passengers the most efficient means of transportation but keeping the fares at a level which is affordable to the general public,” said Wang Zhenghua, chairman of Spring Airlines.
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