A deal to help cut fuel consumption by Monarch Airlines’ aircraft has been agreed with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.
The three-year agreement will see the scheduled leisure airline’s fleet of 30 aircraft use an environmentally friendly EcoPower engine wash service at its bases at Manchester, Luton and Gatwick.
The system claims to reduce fuel burn by as much as 1.2%, eliminating approximately three pounds of carbon dioxide emissions for every pound of fuel saved, while also decreasing engine gas temperature.
The carrier’s technical director Mick Adams, confirming the deal at the Paris Airshow, said the service “supports our commitment to continuously improving our environmental performance”.
He added: “From 1990 to 2005, we improved our fuel efficiency by 20.9% and our goal is to further improve our fuel efficiency by 6.8% by the end of 2015. “The EcoPower engine wash will further reduce our fleet’s fuel consumption helping us achieve this goal.”
Pratt & Whitney Product Line Management vice president Lou Quattrocchi said: “EcoPower engine wash service is a fast and cost effective way for Monarch Airlines to further reduce its carbon footprint, one of the airline’s top priorities.
“The closed-loop system collects and recycles water making the entire process environmentally friendly. This is in line with Monarch Airlines initiative to promote green practices internally and externally.”
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