In April, Chilean carrier LAN Airlines equipped its first Airbus A320s with fuel-saving wingtip devices known as ‘Sharklets’. In addition to improving the aircraft’s fuel efficiency, these devices cut CO2 emissions by 4% and reduce the noise footprint.
LAN and Brazilian partner TAM will equip more than 100 aircraft with this technology through 2017, requiring a total investment of US$100 million.
“Commercial aviation emits 2% of global CO2. In LAN and TAM we are constantly committed to reducing that number through concrete actions,” said Justin Siegel, senior projects manager of the holding company LATAM Airlines Group.