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Why is Monarch using wet leased aircraft?

Boeing 737 final approach

As you may have seen in press articles and in our advertising, Monarch is expanding quickly this year to offer a greater range of flights for you to choose from. While we are introducing new services, we are temporarily using aircraft operated by other airlines. One of the regulations we have to meet in these circumstances is that the […]

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Monarch launches inaugural flight from East Midlands Airport

Monarch aircraft takes off from East Midlands Airport

We are pleased to announce that we have launched our first flights from our new base at East Midlands Airport this morning, taking customers to Palma de Mallorca and Faro in Portugal. These are two of the four new routes to be offered from the new base, along with Malaga and Alicante for the remainder of this summer. For […]

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Inside the expat suitcase

candy hall final

If you work at customs, you get to look inside other people’s suitcases every day. But for the majority of us, what’s inside our fellow travellers’ suitcases remains a mystery. With the new Monarch TV ad as our inspiration, we thought it the perfect opportunity to snoop inside the nation’s suitcases. Today we’re talking to Candice Hall, a Brit […]

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What do cabin crew pack? (And what is a ‘hatbin’, anyway?)

jane final

Following on from Martin the pilot yesterday, we caught up with another airport regular, Cabin Crew member Jayne Alger. Jayne packs a suitcase like a true professional- she’s been flying with Monarch for more than twenty years! Jayne was full of wisdom on how to always be prepared, and on how flight crew always keep their uniforms so pressed […]

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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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