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Friday, March 15, 2013

Monarch Becomes First U.K. Airline to Receive A320 with Sharklets

Monarch Airlines is the first U.K.-based carrier to take delivery of an A320 equipped with sharklets, Airbus fuel-saving wing tip devices.

Sharklets are an option on new-build A320s, helping to reduce aircraft emissions and fuel burn by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft.

The airline expects to receive a second A320 with sharklets in April. Both aircraft will be based at Leeds Bradford Airport where Monarch is scheduled to launch flights to new destinations beginning this summer.

The new A320 is part of an expansion plan announced by Monarch in November 2012 to add 45 replacement and expansion aircraft to its fleet through 2021.

“Basing the new aircraft at Leeds Bradford demonstrates further commitment to the airline’s expansion in the north and coincides with the launch of twelve new routes out of the Yorkshire airport, giving greater choice to our new customers in the area. We are also pleased to be using the new sharklet technology, which will be both more environmentally friendly and more economic as we embrace the benefits of new aircraft design,” said Kevin George, managing director of Monarch Airlines. More

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