Monarch Airlines, one of the UK’s scheduled airlines, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel saving wing tip devices, called Sharklets, becoming the first UK carrier to benefit from them.
Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the A320neo Family. The new wing tip devices measure 2.4 metres tall, replacing the A320’s current wing tip fence. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilogrammes.
Monarch Airlines, is a leading UK-based scheduled leisure airline operating from six bases in the UK – London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and London Luton, where it is headquartered. Monarch Airlines is the UK’s third-largest carrier and flies principally to destinations around the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and winter ski destinations. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Monarch Group.
Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 03/18/13