Finnair launches 'A321ER' sharklet programme

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Finnair has placed an order for five new Airbus A321ER aircraft, saying it is the first customer to order this version of the A321.

Finnair says it will replace four 757s on leisure flights with the five new A321s, fitted with sharklet wingtips.

First delivery is scheduled in 2013.


Finnair explains the A321ER selection is down to economics. "It is more fuel efficient than before and it produces less emissions", sasy the carrier adding that the new wing-tip sharklets reduce fuel consumption by up to 4%.

A source at the carrier also says that the A321ER will do about 90% of the 757 operations on the carrier's leisure routes. The aircraft's range is over 2,700 nm (5,000 kilometres), which allows direct flights from Finland to the Canary Islands, says the carrier.

According to him, standardisation was also a key element. The Finnair single-aisle fleet currently consists of 11 Airbus A319s, 12 A320s and six A321-200s that are all in the low maximum take of weight of 89 tonnes. Its leisure operation has reduced the number of 757 to five from seven over the past year.


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