Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), the award-winning independent aircraft maintenance provider and division of The Monarch Group, are pleased to announce that it is the first Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) within the UK to install a set of ‘Sharklet’ wing tips devices by retrofit on Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The retrofit programme for Monarch Airlines Airbus A321 (G-ZBAE) aircraft was carried out by MAEL’s highly experienced engineering team at its new state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport in the UK. The ‘Sharklet’ wing tip devices, each measuring 2.40 metres high and weighing 200 kilograms, were successfully installed within two days.
These devices will lower fuel burn (up to 4%), reduce carbon emissions, and will lengthen the aircraft’s service life, thus maximising Monarch Airlines return on investment for the ‘Sharklet’ retrofit.
Commenting on the installation, Mick Adams, Managing Director of MAEL, said; “As an airline MRO we fully understand the needs of our customers and we are extremely pleased to be able to offer Monarch Airlines this service as we continue to remain at the forefront of aviation maintenance technology.”