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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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Feb 8 2012 / Behind the Scenes

Too Boozed Up To Fly

Glass of whiskey

Well folks summer’s not far away and now’s as good a time as any to start booking your holiday. For me the most important thing when booking my holiday is family friendly flight times, for some it’s the dream of a secluded beach or a bustling city weekend break. Others are attracted to the bright lights of clubbing Meccas, […]

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Monarch-Airbus UK enthusiasts’ day trip on sale now!

Monarch aircraft in hangar

You’ve been waiting with bated breath. You’ve commented on our blog, sent us tweets and left posts on our Facebook page… let alone the countless emails you’ve sent us! So it is with great pleasure that we’re finally we’re able to make the announcement you’ve been waiting so excitedly and patiently for. The next Monarch Enthusiasts’ Day will begin […]

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Enthusiasts’ Day huge success, despite the snow!

Instruments in Monarch aircraft G-EOMA cockpit

Gatwick at 8am, the airport was a colourful blur of yellow flashing lights and bright yellow vehicles fitted with every kind of brush, sponge or sucker imaginable. Watching them racing around the aprons and taxiways, spray flying everywhere, sleet pattering down on windows, I started to get genuinely concerned about the viability of our second Enthusiasts’ Day trip to […]

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Team Rudolf takes to the skies with When you Wish Upon A Star charity

Team Rudolf, at your service!

With reindeer antlers and Rudolf’s famous flashing red noses on, tinsel and snow throughout the cabin and a crew buzzing with excitement, I just knew this was gonna be a flight I’d never forget. This special flight was one of four Monarch has flown this year for ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’. The charity, founded in Nottingham in 1989, […]

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Dec 9 2011 / Behind the Scenes

Fire and smoke training… not a typical day at the office!

Lisa demonstrating evacuations

At 3pm on a Friday afternoon, the alarm goes off and instinctively you know what to do. Leaving your tea half drunk and your PowerPoint presentation open on the desktop, you grab your bag and coat (even though you’re told not to) and head outside to have your head counted by a colleague in an attractive high vis jacket. […]

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Dec 9 2011 / Behind the Scenes

Introducing Lisa: Cabin crew instructor & blogger extraordinare!

Introducing Lisa, our cabin crew instructor and blogger extraordinaire!

Hi, I’m Lisa and I’ll be writing about the world behind the galley curtain every couple of weeks for the next few months. I hope you’ll enjoy my posts! Way back in the 1970’s as a young girl I was fortunate enough to have family holidays abroad. I can still recall the buzz of the airport, the smell and […]

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