Oneworld carrier Finnair is to order five 'sharklet'-equipped Airbus A321s to replace Boeing 757-200s in its leisure fleet.

The airline becomes the launch customer for the model, which will be fitted with the new 'sharklet' wingtips designed to improve efficiency and extend range.

Finnair, which has been seeking a replacement for the 757s which conduct its leisure services, says the first delivery of the A321s will be in 2013. They will replace four 757s.

No engine selection for the twin-jets, which will have around 200 seats, has yet been made.

Air New Zealand has already disclosed plans to fit A320s with the sharklet wingtips.

Finnair A321
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Source: Air Transport Intelligence news