China Eastern Airlines has received its first Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with sharklets.

The aircraft, which is powered by International Aero Engines IAE V2500 engines, is also the first sharklet-equipped A320 assembled and delivered in Tianjin. China Eastern started using the aircraft on the route from Shanghai to Dalian on 18 May.

China Eastern A320 sharklets
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"In the near future, China Eastern will further expand our sharklet-equipped A320 family fleet", says China Eastern vice-president flight operations Shu Mingjiang.

The carrier is the first in China to benefit from the up to 4% reduction in fuel costs.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news