Cebu Pacific planes fly with 'Sharklets'
MANILA, Philippines - The wings of Cebu Pacific's newly arrived Airbus A320 aircraft have "Sharklets," which will reduce the budget carrier's fuel costs by up to 4%.
The aircraft with new fuel-saving wing tip devices arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday, January 21.
“In line with our strategy to operate the youngest, most-modern fleet possible, we are delighted to become one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the A320 with Sharklets,” said Cebu Pacific president and CEO Lance Gokongwei.
"Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. Sharklets offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilogram," the airline said in a statement.
Jet fuel is the single biggest operational expense of the airline. Previous volatilities in the world jet fuel prices have hurt the airline industry's financial performance.
Sharklets are optional devices available on single aisle A320s aircraft, but are standard on all members of the A320neo Family. Cebu Pacific currently operates 34 A320 Family aircraft, and has 48 more on order for future delivery, comprising 18 A320ceo and 30 A321neo. - Rappler.com