World's 1st Airbus A320 with sharklets lands in Clark

Posted at 01/16/2013 4:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The world’s first Airbus A320 with sharklets, operated by AirAsia Berhad Malaysia, landed in Clark International Airport on Wednesday.

The environment-friendly plane, carrying 180 passengers from Kuala Lumpur, landed at 10:15 a.m.

AirAsia Inc. CEO Maan Hontiveros and CIAC President Victor Jose Luciano are seen the Clark airport’s tarmac to celebrate the arrival of AirAsia’s A320 with sharklets, an environment-friendly aircraft. Photo courtesy of AirAsia

AirAsia Inc CEO Maan Hontiveros said the new wingtip devices installed in the Airbus A320 will contribute to the airline's goal of being the most efficient airline in the world.

"These new Airbus A320 with Sharklets aircraft will enable savings of 4% in fuel consumption, corresponding to an annual carbon reduction of around 1,000 tons  per aircraft," she said.

The "sharklets" or wing-tip devices of the Airbus A320 helps reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the plane's aerodynamics.  It also allows the plane to add around 100 nautical miles or increase its payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

"We are honored to be part of a history that enables people to move and connect via modern and efficient way. AirAsia’s state-of-the-art and environment-friendly aircraft will certainly redefine air travel experience in the country and in our neighboring countries in Asia,” Clark International Airport Corp. president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano said.

AirAsia recently placed a new order of 100 more Airbus A320 aircraft including 36 A320ceo aircraft with Sharklets.
Philippines' AirAsia will take delivery of three aircraft this year.

"Our guests can look forward to new routes from AirAsia this year as we add connectivity to other parts of Asia as well as increase frequency to existing routes making air transport via Clark International Airport more exciting than ever," Hontiveros said.

Philippines' AirAsia flies from Clark International Airport to Singapore, Taipei, Davao, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.