Airbus delivers first sharklet-equipped A320 to Avianca

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Colombia-based Avianca has taken delivery of the first sharklet-equipped Airbus A320.

The 2.4m (7.87ft) winglet reduces fuel consumption by 4% compared to an A320 without sharklets, Avianca says. It also improves range by 185km (100nm) or increases payload 452kg (992lb), says the airline.

The sharklet-equipped A320 is part of an order by AviancaTaca Holdings for 36 aircraft featuring the new winglet.