IndiGo has become the first Indian carrier to take delivery of an A320 with Sharklets.
From the press release:
Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors. This milestone makes 6E the first airline globally to introduce on A320 aircraft powered by IAE engines. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the A320neo Family. They 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 kilograms. All future A320 aircraft to be delivered to IndiGo shall be fitted with the Sharklet wing tip devices.
Sharklet’s are Airbus’ answer to winglets, similar wing-tip devices which have long graced the tails of Boeing aircraft. They will help cut IndiGo’s operating costs significantly, improving the balance sheet of the airline which is already the most profitable in the country.