EVA Air of Taiwan has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A321 aircraft, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The aircraft was handed over during a ceremony in Hamburg.
This A321 is the first of eight A321s with Sharklets that will be operated by EVA Air. The Sharklets should make it possible to reduce fuel usage by up to four per cent, and this translates into cost savings or adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.
Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and standard on all members of the new A320neo family.
The Airbus A321 is the largest member of the world’s best-selling A320 Family. As of today, over 9,900 A320 Family aircraft have been sold worldwide and almost 5,800 aircraft delivered to some 390 customers and operators.