Toulouse - The Airbus A320neo adapted for short-run operations has been certified in Brazil before its entry into service with Avianca Brasil and Azul.

On November 10, 2017, Airbus announced that it has recently obtained the A320neo certification with the SHort AiRfield Package (SHARP) solution from ANAC, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority. The system has been approved by EASA in Europe and the FAA since July 2017.

The SHARP solution consists essentially of a modification of the wing connection fairing with a Kevlar panel to improve landing performance and vortex generators on the vertical tail to improve take-off performance.

Airbus has developed SHARP in collaboration with its customers and the engine manufacturers CFM International and Pratt & Whitney. The package improves the performance of the A320neo on short runways, allowing airlines to increase the payload capacity and therefore the profitability of their operations in complex airports.

The SHARP solution consists essentially of a modification of the wing connection fairing with a Kevlar panel to improve landing performance and vortex generators on the vertical tail to improve take-off performance.

In addition to this aerodynamic modification, the brakes, engines the software of the aircraft are also adapted to the solution.

Azul, followed shortly after Avianca Brasil, each selected the SHARP system for their A320neo fleets. They are the first two Airbus customers in the world to choose this optional solution.

SHARP will be useful for the operations of the two Brazilian carriers at Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The longest run is 1,323 meters, with the addition of a mountain on one side and a bridge on the other, where the current A320 generation cannot be fully loaded.