It’s not every day an aircraft is treated to a makeover, but this week a Monarch A321-231 plane was given a sparkling new treatment inside and out. Shiny new decals have been applied to the exterior, while the interior has been freshened up, with new head rest covers and fun new window shades.
Following instructions on a highly detailed technical drawing, it took two specialist technicians two nights to prepare and install the decals, with one side of the plane completed each night. Spanning some 335 square feet (31 square metres), the Monarch brand now covers a third of each side of the fuselage of G-OZBT.
First of all the fuselage was carefully cleaned and dried, before blank white decals were applied to cover existing painted-on wording. Once the self-adhesive decals were smoothed on, they were carefully trimmed and sealed around the edges.
The first of 30 aircraft to be redecorated, G-OZBT can be spotted at our London Gatwick and Birmingham bases in the UK, and will be used for flights to Faro, Menorca, Dalaman and Palma, as well as flights to Spain.
Monarch’s fleet is a mixture different sized and shaped aircraft, including A330s, A300s, A320s and B757s, which presents an interesting challenge for the operations department and graphic artists. Each of the aircraft will have decals specifically tailored to fit the appropriate fuselage and the new livery will appear on the fleet over the coming months. Keep an eye out!
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