28 JULY 2014
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With the confirmation last week at Farnborough that it is participating in a fleet replacement plan with order for 30 Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, Monarch Airlines is in effect ditching its present supplier, Airbus. There are options on a further 15 aircraft. First airline delivery of the MAX is due in 2017.
A pair of 374-seat Airbus A330-200 have been retained for long haul flights.
Monarch, now Britain’s fourth largest airline in terms of passengers carried, was established in 1967 by the Swiss Mantegazza family, who are still the major shareholder. Based at Luton it is the oldest UK airline with its original name. It has around 3,000 employees.
The Summer 2015 schedule will be geared towards short haul, pan-European destinations with more frequency and sociable flight times.
Andrew Swaffield is a recent appointment as Managing Director of the airline. His CV includes a stint as head of leisure sales in the UK and Ireland for BA: “Since I joined Monarch Airlines in April this year we have been listening to our customers and put a lot of thought into refining our schedule for summer 2015,” he said. www.monarch.co.uk
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