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Article from BTNews 18 MARCH 2013

Monarch gets Sharklets

Luton-based Monarch Airlines has become the UK’s first operator of Airbus’ new wing tip fuel saving device called Sharklet.

Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the A320 neo Family. The new wing tip devices measure 2.4m 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 450kg.

Monarch flies scheduled operations from Birmingham, East Midlands, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and from this week Leeds Bradford.  It also operates the traditional holiday charter.  A second 174-seat A320 with Sharklets is due shortly.  The carrier still operates the Airbus A310 and Boeing 757, with both types due for retirement by the end of 2014. 

“We are delighted that Monarch Airlines has joined a growing list of operators of our A320 equipped with new fuel-saving Sharklets”, said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.  “With a 4% fuel burn reduction, the A320 with Sharklets gives Monarch a huge advantage in one of the world’s most competitive aviation markets”. www.monarch.co.uk

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