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What does a pilot pack? Monarch is on the case

martin final

You might have seen our new TV ads, calling on Britain to ‘get your suitcases out’ and try out one or two of the new Monarch routes. To celebrate, we’re running a month of suitcase-themed fun and today we’re looking inside the suitcases of our staff and customers. Starting with… a pilot, naturally! Head of Pilot Training Martin Dudley […]

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Jul 16 2012 / Behind the Scenes

Aviation Enthusiasts Trip Report – Milan Malpensa

Enthusiasts Day Malpensa Milan

Always keen to be involved in areas outside Cabin Service, Andrea Cristino jumped at the opportunity to help host Monarch’s recent Enthusiasts’ trip to Milan. This is his trip report. “On the afternoon of 5th July, fully briefed by Toby, I waited at the Gatwick ticket desk to greet the 16 guests who had reserved places from Gatwick. The excitement […]

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Jun 22 2012 / Behind the Scenes

Then and now – Lisa’s cabin crew retrospective

Monarch cabin crew 1990s

Our cabin crew blogger Lisa comes over all nostalgic about how air travel has changed since she’s been flying… and hopes her reminiscing doesn’t reveal her age! After reminiscing with the girls and having a good giggle… it got me thinking about how much has changed on-board over the last 25 years whilst I have been flying around in […]

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Enthusiast events head to Italy!

Enthusiasts' Day aircraft

  After a short break, the Monarch Enthusiast Days are back! Whether you’ve been a regular on our popular events, or have been dying to hear about the next one, the next event is imminent and we’re going international! On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July, we’re taking the Enthusiast Day concept to Italy.  We’ll be offering you the […]

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You’re invited to a LIVE Facebook chat about inflight food!

Charlene Kane customer services director Monarch Airlines

Join our customer services director Charlene Kane for a LIVE Facebook chat about our onboard menu on Tuesday! Here at Monarch we’re always looking for ways to get to know you better, so we can tailor our services to your needs and make improvements. Many of you are now on Facebook and some of you even ‘like’ our page and post […]

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10 things not to ask your cabin crew

Monarch cabin crew

A wee while ago we asked our Facebook fans what kind of posts you’d like me to write about. One of the most repeated questions was, funnily enough, what kind of questions do I hear all the time? I’m pretty sure every job comes with FAQs and I expect you all respond professionally and courteously (as I do of course), but in […]

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Italy in 3D takes over the runway at Gatwick

Monarch Italy 3D Artwork London Gatwick Airport

To celebrate the launch of our eight new flights to Italy, a host of Roman gladiators, Veronese opera singers and Venetian gondolas surprised passengers at London Gatwick Airport as a huge 1,000 square feet 3D artwork took over the runway. The new destinations, which launched this week, include the beautiful and historic Italian cities of Milan, Rome, Venice and Verona. […]

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Monarch staff keep calm and carry on during Spanish strike

Monarch aircraft fins

As many scheduled airlines cancelled flights amidst the Spanish general worker strike yesterday, we were pleased to be able to operate our full planned schedule of flights with minimal disruptions. Monarch carried a total of 7,874 customers to and from Spain (including Canaries and Balearics) on 44 flights. Our passengers experienced minor delays throughout the day, with the maximum delay being an hour.  Managing Director Kevin George said […]

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Mar 12 2012 / Behind the Scenes

A big day out for aviation enthusiasts

Enthusiasts' Day aircraft

Toby Hillier, organiser for our Monarch Aviation Enthusiasts’ Days, takes us through his experience of our latest trip. “The third in our series of Enthusiasts’ Days was a truly special experience. A group of keen aviation buffs and Monarch team members were privileged to be the first visitors welcomed to the Airbus A350 wing plant in Broughton for an exclusive peek behind the scenes, […]

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Mar 2 2012 / Behind the Scenes

What cabin crew really get up to before a flight

Monarch cabin crew

  This week, our cabin crew blogger Lisa writes in response to the questions you posed on our Facebook page. Rather than answering one, she’s done three… how kind is that! Rachel Hunt asks: What cabin crew have to do before passengers embark a flight & after they disembark a flight? Lisa answers: Cabin crew must report for duty […]

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