Posted on: 04 February 2014 by Mark Howells
Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has announced that it is the first maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) within the UK to install a set of ‘Sharklet’ wingtip devices by retrofit on Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The retrofit programme for a Monarch Airlines Airbus A321 was carried out by MAEL’s engineering team at its new maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport in the UK. The ‘Sharklet’ wingtip devices, each measuring 2.40 metres high and weighing 200 kg, were successfully installed within two days.
The Sharklets will lower fuel burn by up to 4%, reduce carbon emissions, and will lengthen the aircraft’s service life, thus maximising Monarch Airlines’ return on investment for the retrofits.
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.”