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Jul 8 2014 / Behind the Scenes

Happy 75th Birthday to Birmingham Airport!

Monarch Airlines inflight service 1968

As Birmingham International Airport celebrates its 75th birthday today, a very impressive milestone, we’d like congratulate our colleagues for their success and take a look back at our long friendship. We’ve been flying from Birmingham International Airport since we were founded, back in 1968 – some 46 years! In the mid-90s, we based an aircraft there to service our chartered operations. In […]

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Jun 11 2014 / Behind the Scenes

Tunisian Travels

Tunisia

  I was recently lucky enough to get on one of the first flights to Tunisia from Manchester – one of Monarch’s new routes for summer 2014.  I’ve never been to Tunisia before, but as a fan of that part of the world and North African cuisine I was particularly excited. After an early start in Manchester and a […]

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Celebrating 25 years of service of the A300-605R

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In what will be an emotional day for many of us at Monarch Airlines, our last Airbus A300 will be given a fond farewell on Sunday 13 April, with a final commercial flight from London Gatwick Airport to Birmingham Airport. Weather permitting, the flight will incorporate a 1,000 foot flyby at Manchester Airport, straight down runway 5L/23R. In a […]

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Saturday Night Takeaway Plane – Win a trip to Florida!

Saturday Night Takeaway Plane - Monarch prize partner

Did you know? Monarch Airlines is the official TV prize partner for ‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’; the prime-time, live Saturday night family entertainment show on ITV. We are pleased to be able to offer our customers the chance to win places on the Takeaway Plane. We have four fabulous prizes up for grabs! Each prize includes flights and accommodation […]

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Mar 7 2014 / Behind the Scenes

The Women of Monarch Airlines

Charlotte Berrigan

We’re lucky to have an amazing team on board (excuse the pun) at the Monarch Group – with more than 3,200 talented and passionate men and women occupying roles as diverse as marketing, administration, tour operations, web development, finance and flight operations.  Almost half of The Monarch Group’s staff are women, including 82 percent of our cabin crew, 5 […]

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Feb 14 2014 / Behind the Scenes

Were you one of our lucky Valentine’s Day travellers?

Valentine's Day complimentary champagne couple

Were you one of 35 lucky couples to receive complimentary champagne and chocolates onboard on Valentine’s Day? Our cabin crew have chosen the couple or person on board each of 35 ex-UK flights that demonstrated genuine kindness, respect and consideration for their travelling companion or fellow passengers. It’s how we like to share the love on Valentine’s Day! If you’re […]

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Book now for the last commercial flight of Monarch Airlines Airbus A300-605R

Monarch A300 aircraft retires

We are pleased to announce details of the very last commercial flight service on its long serving Airbus A300-605R. On Sunday 13th April 2014, this special Monarch flight ZB300 will depart Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal at 2.40pm, for a leisurely flight to Birmingham International Airport, arriving at 3.40pm. The aircraft, in 347-seat configuration, will be sold to capacity. Seats on the […]

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Dec 20 2013 / Behind the Scenes

Birmingham Hangar Opening – Celebratory Flypast

Monarch fly past at BHX Hangar opening

After much anticipation and excitement, Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) announced the official opening of the Birmingham hangar Opening on time and on budget, the fantastic state-of-the-art facility was given a formal ceremony that matched it in brilliance. As a Monarch celebration on this scale wouldn’t be complete without a fly past, MAEL Managing Director Mick Adams and his team […]

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Monarch staff training for Olympics-inspired customer service

Monarch cabin crew and customers onboard A321

We’re excited to announce we’re rolling out WorldHost training – the programme that thousands of volunteers and staff underwent for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics. The course will be delivered across The Monarch Group, with tailored programmes for differing roles – from cabin crew to call centre staff, resort representatives to aircraft engineers. Every member of The […]

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Midlanders, look out for the Monarch Ice Cream Van!

Monarch Ice Cream Van

If you live in the Birmingham and Midlands area, keep an eye out for the Monarch ice cream van! Starting Saturday 29 June, we’ll be visiting a variety of leisure centres, supermarkets and other key shopping areas to give away yummy soft-serve ice creams for three weekends over two weeks. Look out for the van, complete a competition form […]

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