Makeover for Monarch aircraft G-OZBT

New livery on G-OZBT exterior

It’s not every day an aircraft is treated to a makeover, but this week a Monarch A321-231 plane was given a sparkling new treatment inside and out. Shiny new decals have been applied to the exterior, while the interior has been freshened up, with new head rest covers and fun new window shades.

Sweet dreams window shade and extra space on Monarch aircraft

Following instructions on a highly detailed technical drawing, it took two specialist technicians two nights to prepare and install the decals, with one side of the plane completed each night. Spanning some 335 square feet (31 square metres), the Monarch brand now covers a third of each side of the fuselage of G-OZBT.

First of all the fuselage was carefully cleaned and dried, before blank white decals were applied to cover existing painted-on wording. Once the self-adhesive decals were smoothed on, they were carefully trimmed and sealed around the edges.


Monarch G-OZBT left side exterior

The first of 30 aircraft to be redecorated, G-OZBT can be spotted at our London Gatwick and Birmingham bases in the UK, and will be used for flights to Faro, Menorca, Dalaman and Palma, as well as flights to Spain.

Monarch’s fleet is a mixture different sized and shaped aircraft, including A330s, A300s, A320s and B757s, which presents an interesting challenge for the operations department and graphic artists. Each of the aircraft will have decals specifically tailored to fit the appropriate fuselage and the new livery will appear on the fleet over the coming months. Keep an eye out!

Monarch A321 interior

What do you think of the new Monarch livery? Have you spotted the G-OZBT? We’d love to know! Please leave your comments below.

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About the Author:

Catrionna is the social media & content manager for Monarch Airlines and an editor of the Monarch blog. A keen traveller, she loves exploring destinations on the Monarch scheduled network and especially loves Spain and Italy.

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  • also a question, what plane was i on, monday 6th august 2012, 11:10 alicante to bhx, monarch A320 brought from first choice, green leather seat’s, very comfy, what’s the reg?, thanks!

  • Hello Catriona all planes now have the decals thought I would let you know

  • Can not find a page to say this so I’ll say it here, the advert is rubbish and would not inspire me to book anything, does not capture me and that is what an ad should do

    • Hi Graham, I’m sorry you feel that way but I’ll pass on your comments to our advertising manager. Thanks for your feedback.

  • This blog is to difficult please make it easier to comment and join it’s not someones bank account we are trying to access.

    • Hi Graham, we have put a ‘captcha’ on our blog to make sure people leaving comments were ‘real’. This is because the blog was being targetted by automated systems sending spam comments, which was wasting a lot of time behind the scenes. We could look at using a different kind of captcha if you think that would help? Thanks for your comment.

  • Yes Catrionna, The yellow should definitely go up the tail, all in favour post.

  • The scheme has changed again. It is now a more pinky colour instead of purple and the yellow has gone up the tail. It is G-OZBK which has been painted in it. It is not my picture, i found it on the net but there are problems with the link so when I find another one i will put it on here :) Also heard G-MRJK will be painted in it shortly too.

    • Hi Michael, thanks for your comment. We’re working on new livery at the moment and so you’ll see changes over the next few months. Keep an eye on the skies for the new look aircraft!

      • Hi Catriona. I flew on G-MRJK on Friday and it was in the new colours. Looks very nice.

  • Hi Catrionna

    Im affraid Im not a fan of the latest aircraft colour design at all.

    I much prefered the multi-coloured yellow and indigo “M” on the tail. It was an eye catcher.
    The new plain indigo “M” just looks dull and bland.
    Also I don’t think it looks right repeating the big “M” logo on the main aircraft fuselage (body) when you have one on the tail. It just makes it look to busy and cluttered. I would like to see in big letters on the body but without the extra “M” as this should be on the tail only.


    • Hi David, thanks for your feedback. Logos evolve over time and it’s always possible the multi-coloured look will come back one day but for now, we’ve refreshed it with an all-purple look to match the branding on the fuselage. I’ve passed your comments on to our operations team, thanks for your post.

  • An A300 has the new colours!!! It is G-MONS and i found a picture of it in the new colours on if anybody wants to see it! :)

    • Hi Michael, great stuff, thanks for letting us know about your photography – I’ll take a look. All the best.

  • Hi Catrionna,
    The new livery looks great. Much better than the Britannia which was Monarch yellow painted over Eagle red. I was in the design office when the 720’s were added to the fleet and the only yellow was a stripe between the grey and white. Most passengers when asked the aircraft colour, said yellow. It is such a dominant colour. If I have a comment I think there should be a little less yellow at the rear as it might make her bum look big in that. Can’t say until I see it in the flesh, if you know what I mean.

    • Ha ha, I’m sure she’ll look great whatever she’s dressed in. Thanks for your comments, Peter.

  • Hi, we flew back from Tenerife on 21st October to Manchester arriving early morning 22nd.. We understand that the aircraft was 25 YEARS old!! It was a wide bodied aircraft with 3 – 3 – 3 seat configaration. We had paid extra for leg room seats. Very surprised that the seat appeared to be very old and the tables were concealed in the seat arms!! When these were opened up I considered them to be very unsafe for the hot cup of coffee I ordered. Will these seats be phased out in the near future as I feel that the table is dangerous.

    • Hi Tom, just to let you know I have passed this to our operations team for comment and I’ll come back to you with something further soon.

  • The new livery looks OK but I think the Crown on the fuselage needs to go, one of the things unique about the crown on all Monarch livery’s is it should only be on the tail. This tradition needs to continue! I also like the idea of a yellow tail if your not going to continue putting yellow on the tail crown, with these 2 additions, you will have a fantastic livery.

    • Hi Michael, thanks for your feedback. I’ll make sure this is passed on to our operations and design teams.

  • Hello. Do we know which is the next aircraft to be painted? Hopefully G-OZBN or one of the A320’s.

    • Hi Michael, I’m sorry I don’t know which aircraft will be next to be re-branded but they’ll be rolling through the process over the next few months. Thanks!

  • hi is there anything better for wheelvchair dependant passengers instad of the woefully inadequate miniscule.,and degrading aisle seat and being lifted ito place by incompetant lifgters

    • Hi Ray, I’m sorry to hear you had a poor experience boarding with us. I have passed on your email address to our customer services team and have asked them to email you directly to find out more about this.

  • Have the design team considered continuing the yellow painted section up onto the tail? A yellow tail behind the new purple logo would finish off this scheme perfectly!

    • Hi Andrew, that’s a good suggestion, I’ll pass it on to our operations department. Thanks for your feedback.

  • Hey the new billboard titles look great, it’s about time Monarch shouted about their amazing brand! I also love the new window blinds!

    It’s a shame, however, that the three spots on top of the spotty M in the tail are no longer yellow, it makes it look a little bland. Apart from that, can’t wait to see it rolled out across the rest of the fleet.

    • Hi Jack, thanks for your feedback. The new look livery will roll out across the fleet over the coming months so keep an eye out!

  • Hi Catrionna,

    As the social media executive for Monarch Airlines and an editor of the Monarch blog.

    Why do you not have a “Pic” or “Avitar” so we can all see.. who you are?

    Looking forward to your update

    Terry AKA the aviator ;-)

    • Hi Terry, I’m a bit shy to put my photo online but I’ll have a think about it. Thanks for your post.

  • It’s ok putting the sticker on decals and doing a few paint jobs !!! But most people I have spoken to on my trips with you which is about 5 return journeys per year. WHERE’S WIFI ON AIRCRAFT !!!!!!!!

    • Hi Darlene, Wifi is certainly an increasingly popular request and we are currently looking into this. Thanks for your post.

  • It would be better still if they saved the money and had a row of seats taken out instead to give a bit more room. Oh and a compulsory creche in a soundproof section on all flights. Thank you :-)

    • Hi Diane, thanks for your comments, I’ll pass them on to our operations team.

  • Do like the new titles & the interior looks great.. Such a pity that the yellow was taken out of the crowned ‘M’ though! Don’t think it looks the same in all indigo..

    • Thanks Neill for your post. It’s interesting that you’ve noticed that detail! I’ll pass on your feedback to the design team.

  • Looks great Monarch! Just a couple of things, any chance of seeing bigger sized pictures? and also there looks to be a couple of typo’s on the bottom paragraph. A33O’s has been typed instead of A330s – same goes for the A320s.

    • Hi Ryan, it really slows down the page load time to have much larger photos than this. However, if you go to our Facebook page there is an album with lots more to see. Thanks for the heads up about the typos – I’ve fixed those now. Thanks for your feedback and have a lovely weekend.

  • I have been flying with Monarch for ten years now 2-3 times a year and the comfort, and cleanliness of the aircrafts is second to none x

    • Thanks Dawn, that’s very kind of you to say. I’m sure our cleaning crew and engineers will really appreciate your feedback. Have a lovely weekend.

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