UK maintenance provider Monarch Aircraft Engineering has completed the first sharklet retrofit installation on its parent carrier’s Airbus A320 fleet.
The aircraft – an International Aero Engines V2500-powered A321 (G-ZBAE) built in 2013 – underwent the modification at the MRO provider’s hangar in Birmingham.
Installation of the 2.4m-high (8ft) wingtip devices, which weigh around 200kg (440lb), was completed within two days.
Aside from lowering fuel burn, the modification should also increase the aircraft’s service life, says the MRO specialist.
It adds that it is the first UK maintenance provider to undertake sharklet retrofit installations.