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 in Manchester on Friday 2 March!

The new itinerary has been developed in conjunction with Airbus, based on feedback on social media and various aviation forums from avgeeks, plane spotters and aviation enthusiasts all over the world! We hope you’ll join us on this unique day trip.

Our Enthusiasts’ Days in October and December sold out within just a few days of going on sale – so don’t miss out this time -places are popular and limited!

The day trip on Friday 2 March includes return flights on a Monarch Airlines A320 aircraft from Manchester to Chester, a unique behind-the-scenes tour at Airbus hangars and presentation with Q&A session, followed by a buffet lunch. On return to Manchester Airport we’ll take you on a fascinating guided tour of the Monarch Aircraft Engineering hangar and answer any questions you may have about the aircraft and operations there.

The whole event will be escorted by highly enthusiastic Monarch Airlines & Engineering staff members who are all highly knowledgeable about aircraft and the aviation industry in general. The team will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions, while the factory tours will be led by Airbus members of staff. Each enthusiast will visit 2 of the 3 factories at Airbus.

Airbus UK (Chester) – Day Trip Itinerary – Friday 2nd March 2012

0600 – Assemble at Monarch Airlines’ check-in, Terminal 2, Manchester Airport

0800 – Board “Enthusiasts Only Flight” MON380 to Chester

0820 – Depart on MON380 to Chester on Monarch Airlines A320-200

0900 – Arrive at Chester and transfer to Airbus Conference Suite

1000 – Airbus presentation, video and Q & A session

1100 – Tour groups set up, separate and visit various Airbus factories, accompanied by Monarch and Airbus staff
- North Factory – A350 Wing Plant
- East Factory – Long Range / Single Aisle Plant
- West Factory – A380 Wing Plant

1215 – Buffet lunch at Airbus Old Canteen / Function Room, courtesy of Airbus

1315 – Tour groups continue tours of Airbus factories

1530 – Depart on “Enthusiasts Only Flight” MON350 to Manchester, on Airbus A320-200

1640 – Escorted tour of the Monarch Aircraft Engineering hangar

1800 – Coach transfer to Manchester Airport Terminal 2

1810 – Arrival back at Terminal 2 & Goodbyes

All this for just £129 per person. Places are limited for this unique event – so book now!

Included in the price: Fares and taxes for your round trip flights to Chester, buffet lunch organised by Airbus, transfers be tours of the various Airbus factory sites and tours of the Monarch Aircraft Engineering facilities at Manchester Airport.

Excludes: Credit Card booking fees (4%), seat reservation charges (£4.99 each way per person)

Book now! Monarch Airlines reservations: 0843 227 1312 (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras)

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About the Author:

Catrionna is the social media executive 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.

8 Comments + Add Comment

  • The third enthusiasts day sounds great! Unfortunately Manchester is a bridge too far for me. Will there be a Gatwick enthusiasts day organised in the future?

  • cant wait to book, its just a pitty that the booking lines servers where down today :-( , will hope for tomorrow :-)

    • Hi there, you’re keen! You shouldn’t have any problems now if you’d like to try again. Sorry about that!

  • sounds great!, i shall be attending this one, is there any chance of an airbus a300 operating one of the flights?

    • Hi Sam, there is only one apron at Broughton that is capable of handling anything larger than an A320, and this is reserved exclusively for the Beluga shuttle operation to Toulouse and to Hamburg. The event organiser asked to be able to use an A300, but this request was denied. Thanks for your post.

      • Thanks for the quick reply on my last comment, just a thought… and i am sure some of the other enthusiasts would agree would there be able to be a tour of the inside of one of your a300′s at some point during the day that would make a fantastic day that little bit better!

  • Hi,

    It’s great to hear Monarch are organising another enthusiasts trip. However, why the a320 and not a classic like the a300 aircraft? I would have booked myself on the trip if not for this fact :(

    • Hi Wayne, there is only one apron at Broughton that is capable of handling anything larger than an A320, and this is reserved exclusively for the Beluga shuttle operation to Toulouse and to Hamburg. The event organiser asked to be able to use an A300, but this request was denied. Sorry to disappoint you! Thanks for your post.

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