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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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May 20 2013 / Behind the Scenes

Monarch aircraft G-OZBZ gets a fresh new look

Monarch Airlines aircraft G-OZBZ during repaint - masking

Ever wondered what it takes to paint an aircraft? We take a look behind the scenes as Monarch aircraft G-OZBZ is given a fresh new look before it enters into service in the Monarch fleet. The story in numbers: • Monarch aircraft model A321 – registration G-OZBZ • 9 days to paint the aircraft fuselage & fin • 10 […]

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Monarch celebrates new flights to Malta from East Midlands

Couple from East Midlands celebrates 40th anniversary in Malta flying with Monarch

You never know where you’ll find romance… but this week Monarch staff at East Midlands Airport discovered a love story dating back four decades. Nottingham couple Janet and Henry Pavier first visited Malta for their honeymoon 40 years ago. To celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary in style, the couple have returned to the island on Monarch’s inaugural flight to […]

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Video: Getting Passengers the Mood for Verona at Gatwick Check-in

Monarch Airlines yellow tailfin

Never mind Gangnam style… we surprised unsuspecting passengers checking in for our inaugural Verona flight at Gatwick Airport yesterday, opera style! Soprano, Alison Langer and Mezzo, Bethan Langford, both students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, were on hand to get passengers in the mood for their trip to the opera loving destination, by singing a variety of […]

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How adorable are our mini cabin crew?

Monarch Airlines mini cabin crew Leeds Airport

How adorable are our mini cabin crew? Ridiculously cute brother and sister Lewis (8), and Kessia (5) helped us launch our new summer flights from Leeds Bradford yesterday. We already offer flights to Faro, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Majorca and Tenerife from Leeds. New routes to Antalya, Barcelona, Bodrum, Heraklion, Menorca and Rome will launch over the coming few weeks. For […]

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Give us an M!

Leeds students make a Spotty M to celebrate Monarch launch at Leeds Bradford Airport

To celebrate the start of summer departures from our newest base, a group of Leeds City College & The Aviation Academy students created a giant Monarch spotty M outside Leeds Bradford Airport yesterday. More than 40 students, accompanied by staff from the faculty, were on hand to help mark the occasion. The summer programme of flying includes flights to […]

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Universities Day 17 April – book your flight & hangar tour now!

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd hangar tour Universities Day

Are you an aviation or engineering student? Would you like to see behind the scenes at Monarch Airlines and Monarch Aircraft Engineering and meet the people that make the UK’s leading leisure airline tick? Well now you can! On Wednesday 17th April, Monarch are hosting our second Universities Event, welcoming air transport, engineering, cabin crew and travel & tourism […]

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