Triumph Aerostructures will furnish the wing reinforcement kit that allows for the installation of Sharklets on the Airbus A319 and A320 in-service aircraft. Sharklets took to the sky for the first time in 2011. They are 2.4-meter-tall wingtip devices that give pilots the flexibility to either add an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kg. Made from lightweight composites, these wingtip devices offer up to four per cent overall fuel burn savings.
The kit consists of multiple sub-assemblies and components to reinforce the wing for the Sharklet loads. Production will be done at the company’s Nashville, Tenn. facility, with first delivery expected early 2015.
“This is a significant win for Triumph, strengthening our long-term relationship with Airbus,” said Jeffry D. Frisby, Triumph president and chief executive officer. “With more than three thousand A319 and A320 in-service aircraft eligible for the retrofit and strong operator demand, the outlook for the program is solid. We look forward to working with Airbus and the operators in supporting this retrofit program.”
Triumph Group, Inc., headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs and overhauls a broad portfolio of aerostructures, aircraft components, accessories, subassemblies and systems.
The company serves a broad, worldwide spectrum of the aviation industry, including original equipment manufacturers of commercial, regional, business and military aircraft and aircraft components, as well as commercial and regional airlines and air cargo carriers. Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division designs, tests and manufactures aerostructures for commercial, military and business jet aircraft.