Book now for the last commercial flight of Monarch Airlines Airbus A300-605R

We are pleased to announce details of the very last commercial flight service on its long serving Airbus A300-605R. On Sunday 13th April 2014, this special Monarch flight ZB300 will depart Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal at 2.40pm, for a leisurely flight to Birmingham International Airport, arriving at 3.40pm.

The aircraft, in 347-seat configuration, will be sold to capacity. Seats on the flight are priced at £74 per person, inclusive of airport taxes and charges. Don’t miss out on this very special opportunity.

 

One of Monarch's last A300 aircraft- G-OJMR

The History of the A300 at Monarch

The A300 aircraft type has been in service with the airline since 1990, and has carried more than 20 million holiday makers while in Monarch colours. The final A300 airframe in the fleet, G-OJMR, will be retiring on Sunday, 13th April 2014, having served the airline for 23 years after being delivered new 1991. In a fitting end to this aircraft’s service, the final flight will be piloted by the Chief Pilot of Monarch Airlines, Martin Pound. Martin has served Monarch for over 36 years and in 1991, was the pilot charged with flying the first A300 into service.

Monarch’s A300s are the final passenger-carrying examples in service with a European airline, and with its impending retirement from service, the passenger variant of Airbus’ first entry in to the commercial airliner market, will become a very rare sight in European skies. To celebrate the life of this workhorse of the airline industry, Monarch will be giving enthusiasts one last chance to book on the aircraft by opening up the last commercial flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Birmingham.

Monarch A300 aircraft retires

About the flight

On Sunday 13th April 2014, this special Monarch flight ZB300 will depart Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal at 2.40pm, for a leisurely flight to Birmingham International Airport, arriving at 3.40pm.

The aircraft, in 347-seat configuration, will be sold to capacity. Seats on the flight are priced at £74 per person, inclusive of airport taxes and charges.

Customers can select a particular seat at the point of purchase, or afterwards if you choose, subject to availability. Seating will be priced as follows ;

Window Seats: £25 per person
Aisle Seats in window row: £15 per person
Middle Seats in window row: £11 per person
Aisle Seats in middle row: £5 per person
Middle Seats in middle row: £1 per person

This flight will operate as a hand luggage only flight and normal hand luggage restrictions will apply.

NB:

[1] Refunds will not be offered to passengers booking window seats if the weather is inclement, or if visibility is poor.

If passengers choose not to reserve a specific seat, one will be allocated free of charge at check-in on the day of the flight.

Booking fees will apply to bookings made with a credit card.

One of Monarch's few remaining A300s -2

How to book

Monarch Airlines call centre:

If you have any trouble with the website, or would prefer not to use it, bookings can be made via the Monarch Airlines call centre. You will be charged for these calls. The telephone numbers are shown below;

If calling from the UK: 08719 40 50 40 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras)
If calling from Overseas: 0044 8719 40 50 40

For opening hours, see http://www.monarch.co.uk/faq/flights/contact-us/phone-us

FAQs

Is it possible to arrange a second flight from another base e.g. Manchester?

We have tried to arrange this flight in order to provide as many enthusiasts as possible with the opportunity to travel on this aircraft, and by making the aircraft available on a Sunday afternoon. There are no plans to arrange a Manchester departure on this aircraft prior to its retirement because the aircraft will be Gatwick-based until 13th April 2014, the date of the farewell flight

Is Monarch able to arrange transport to and from the airport?

Due to the level of complexity in providing onward ground transportation to almost 350 passengers to points all over the country, Monarch cannot assist in onward travel.

Is it possible to book the flight online?

Unfortunately the Enthusiasts Flight is not available for purchase online.

Do I need to bring a passport?

On the day of the flight, please bring some form of current, valid Government-issued photo identification, such as a passport, driver’s licence or national identity card to the airport.

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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.

9 Comments + Add Comment

  • Awww sad it’s going, I was lucky to travel on one of these last June to Tenerife, in-fact both times I’ve flown from LGW/TFS – TFS/LGW was on one of these :-(

  • I to would like to congratulate Monarch for accommodating enthusiasts. I have not yet flown on an A300 so am looking forward to this pleasure flight. It would be great to preserve even part of the aircraft – maybe the forward fuselage alongside the Monarch DC-10 at Manchester?

    • Hi Derek, thanks for your kind feedback. This has been passed on to our Enthusiast Days organiser, who’ll be pleased to hear this. I hope you’re joining us on the flight?

  • How do I book this? I can’t seem to be able to book it through the website

    • Hi Taylor, we don’t currently offer online bookings but details about how to book via our contact centre are included in the post. Thanks for your comment.

  • Unfortunately I cannot attend this event. However, I hope you will be running a last commercial flight of a Monarch 757. I’m aware that the remaining 757’s in the Monarch fleet are up for sale/retirement in 2014. A “last commercial 757 flight” event would likely be a sell-out given the popularity of the aircraft.

    Luckily, my ski trip starts on MON2072 (Gatwick-Innsbruck 757), this January :)

    • Hi Roy, thank you for your comments, which have been passed on to our Enthusiast Days event organiser. If you’d like to be included on the email list and learn about upcoming events, please send an email to enthusiastdays@monarch.co.uk.

  • How nice would this look retired next to the Bristol Brittannia at Duxford IWM! Fantastic well served aircraft!

  • Excellent, well done Monarch for catering again to the enthusiast community, and at a reasonable price. A fitting end for your A300’s.

    David

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