Continuing the theme of winglets on planes – or as Airbus calls them “Sharklets”, EVA Air becomes the second operator to operate the Airbus A321 (the stretched A320) with new Sharklets.
EVA Air A321 – Image: Airbus (also wearing testing registration and a German registry…)
Those of you who have a keen eye will note this plane is not painted in EVA Air’s normal White, Green and Orange, but Star Alliance group colours – and it’s looking rather sharp for it – especially on the Sharklets.
Under the wing, showing off the Star Alliance Sharklet – Image, Airbus
EVA Air is leasing the aircraft from GECAS, and represents the first of eight sharklet equipped aircraft to join the EVA Air fleet.
Sharklets offer a 4% fuel saving on long-range flights – adding an extra 100 nautical mile range or an extra 450kg of payload to the aircraft.
A 4% reduction of fuel costs doesn’t sound a lot, but over time – this adds up, reducing the long-term fuel bill and hopefully keeps fares and cargo costs lower.
And no, it’s not painted in Hello Kitty titles. Try EVA Air’s larger A330’s or Boeing 777-300ER for that…