Turkish latest to opt for A320 sharklet retrofit

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Turkish Airlines has become the latest carrier to order sharklet retrofit wing-tips for its Airbus A320-family aircraft.

The flag-carrier has ordered 44 shipsets of the tip modification, bringing the total commitment by airline customers to 191 shipsets with 36 options.

Airbus resurrected its retrofit programme for the older aircraft – those not already equipped with the sharklet-ready reinforced wing structure – last year.

Some 3,500 A320-family aircraft are eligible for the retrofit. JetBlue Airways placed the first order for the tips with an agreement for 110 sets last year. Airbus has also confirmed the Turkish agreement.

The airframer expects initial in-service retrofits to start in the first half of 2015.

Airbus is also offering a retrofit for aircraft which were delivered without sharklets, but which were manufactured with the reinforced wing – enabling a simpler modification.

It has signed with 18 customers for 53 sets since the beginning of 2013. “A significant number of production retrofit sales campaigns are underway, with various airlines worldwide, with a specific focus on airlines in the Asia-Pacific region,” says the airframer.