A few days ago, British low cost carrier Monarch Airlines faced their operations being stopped completely. As their ATOL license was secured and renewed, operations are back to normal (If you’ve booked with Monarch recently, no need to panic!). Two United 747-400’s flew over from the USA to help with the situation, unfortunately one never flew to my local airport Birmingham (BHX) when they were scheduled to! Sorry if I brag on about the airline, but we all have our favourite airlines ;)
If you don’t know about Monarch, they have not long become a low cost carrier in England. They are officially the oldest airline in the UK to keep their original name since they started back in the early 1960’s. With past aircraft including the legendary McDonnell Douglas DC-10, Boeing 767, Boeing 757 and the vintage Bristol Britannia, they used to be an international carrier flying to the USA, South Africa and charters to Asia. Since a new takeover a few years back, the new aquisation meant that the owners decided to scrap all long haul routes and instead operate shorter haul routes in Europe; with their longest routes now being Cyprus, North Africa and Sweden.
Currently, Monarch operate 34 aircraft made up of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321’s. With 43 destinations in Europe and one of the best ratings in British aviation, the A3 fleet has done them well for over 15 years. Now things must change, and Monarch confirmed a few years back that they will be scrapping the entire Airbus fleet and replacing it with the new Boeing 737-8 Max. With over 30 aircraft on order, the deal is worth over a staggering $3.2 Billion. Monarch have previously operated the beautiful classic 737-200, and say that the new 8-Max will be more cost effective, meaning that they will obtain the newest fleet in the UK.
Ive applied to become an apprentice on Monarch’s Engineering business. Based at London Luton Airport (EGGW), they have hubs at London Gatwick (EGKK), Leeds Bradford (EGNM) and their largest hangar at Birmingham (EGBB). Would adore to work on what is going to be an amazing new fleet aircraft, for who I consider to be the best airline in the UK!