jetblue goes to the sharklets / by Eric Dunetz

     Today jetblue airways introduced its first Airbus A320 aircraft to be fitted with Sharklet technology. At an event at John F. Kennedy Airport the airline celebrated becoming the first North Ametican carrier to operate a Sharklet equipped aircraft. jetblue also becomes the first airline in the world to install the Sharklets as a retrofit.

     jetblue expects to retrofit five aircraft in 2013 while also taking delivery of seven brand new aircraft which will already have the Sharklets installed from the production line. The Sharklets should produce better fuel efficiency and the airline hopes to get up to a three percent less fuel burn on long haul flights.  jetblue expects to save $350,000 per aircraft per year and $45 million per year fleet wide.

     Complete retrofit of Sharlet technology on jetblue's entire fleet is not expected to be completed until 2016 or 2017