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 aircraft are operated using these airlines’ own pilots and crew – in airline industry terms this is called ‘wet leasing’.
Wet leasing aircraft is common practise in the airline industry, particularly when an airline needs to obtain aircraft very quickly and on a short-term basis. Wet leases are often used to introduce new routes or supplement an existing fleet during peak season, such as we are doing at the moment.
Please be assured that safety is our Monarch’s first priority and we would never compromise upon this. Monarch has carefully selected four airlines to operate this contract and the requirements routinely stipulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority have been met.
We are now busy acquiring new aircraft and recruiting cabin crew and pilots so that we can provide the full Monarch Airlines service on our own aircraft as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you are flying on a new route where we are operating wet leased aircraft, the flight number will remain the same, you may notice some differences from a normal Monarch Airlines flight.
As the cabin crew are employed by the airline which operates the aircraft, they will not be wearing a Monarch Airlines uniform and the appearance of the cabin will be different. There may also be some changes to the service we are able to offer you, for example extra leg room seats may differ. The same pre-ordered food will still be available and you will be able to purchase snacks and drinks onboard, however tax free products will not be available. If you have ordered any of our additional services, we will be in touch before your flight to explain the options that we are able to offer you.
If your flight is to be operated by an alternative carrier, we will advise you in advance if possible, then again at check-in and as you board, as explained in our Terms and Conditions (paragraph nine).
Please bear with us during the short period we are using alternative aircraft. We look forward to welcoming you on board one of our own Monarch Airlines aircraft soon.
For further information see our FAQ.
For further information on wet leasing, please visit the CAA website.
If you’d like to know more about specific flights operated on wet lease aircraft, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your flight number and date of travel.