Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) will add five winter routes starting in December from London (Gatwick) and Manchester. From LGW, the carrier will add seasonal service to Innsbruck (December 5), Geneva (December 12) and Salzburg (December 19). From MAN, the airline will add Geneva (December 19) and Lyon (December 20) with Airbus A320s and A321s per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 G-OZBT (msn 3546) completes its final approach to the runway at London (Gatwick).
Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) officially retired its last Airbus A330 from revenue service on April 30. The last flight, operated by the pictured Airbus A330-243 G-EOMA (msn 265), was a short trip between the carrier’s two bases of London Gatwick and Birmingham and arrived to the signature water canon salute. Collectively, the A330 racked up over 30 million miles for the UK carrier. But as one door closes, another opens. The ending of A330 operations marked the beginning of a new age for Monarch, as it has completed it’s transition to a fully scheduled airline.
The airline said through it’s Facebook page on April 30:
“Today the last remaining Airbus A330 in Monarch’s fleet operated its last flight for the airline, leaving the London Gatwick airport at 2.20 pm (1420) and landing at Birmingham Airport at 3.20 pm (1520).
This special day also marks a new chapter for us, as we become a completely scheduled airline.
We are very excited to see what the future holds and look forward to flying you to the best city and sun destinations in Europe!”
Report by Assistant Editor Oliver from Manchester.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. G-EOMA lands at Geneva prior to the last flight.
According to a statement by ECAir, the airliner was seized at Paris (Charles de Gaulle) on April 11.
According to ECAir (translated from French);
“This seizure is considered by Equatorial Congo Airlines as manifestly illegal because it is based on a judgment by opposing parties other ECAir and the amount awarded in this judgment is not due to any hypothesis by Equatorial Congo Airlines. Equatorial Congo Airlines will assert its rights in court to release from the seizure and to obtain compensation for damages in a short time. The company has made arrangements to limit any inconvenience that may be caused to its passengers. Our lawyers are hard at work to recover the Boeing 757-200.”
In the coming weeks, Equatorial Congo Airlines plans to continue to expand its network with the opening of its third intercontinental (Beirut) and new regional destinations (Luanda, Abidjan, Yaounde, Bangui, N’Djamena).
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister-ship Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) lands in Geneva, the home of PrivatAir.
Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) is adding three new routes this summer from Geneva. According to Airline Route, Swiss will add summer service from GVA to Biarritz (twice-weekly starting on June 25), Dublin (four days a week effective June 26) and Algiers (three weekly flights, effective June 27).
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 HB-JLR (msn 5037) taxies at Geneva.
Darwin Airline (Etihad Regional) (Lugano) will drop routes from Zurich to Lugano and Linz and from Geneva to Toulouse and Nice. The four routes were unprofitable.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has restated its confidence in the regional carrier. Darwin is attempting to finalize its business relationship and investment by Etihad with the European regulatory authorities.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Darwin Airline SAAB 2000 HB-IZP (msn 031) in the Etihad Regional colors taxies at Geneva.
Etihad Regional aircraft slide show:
El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) will introduce nonstop Tel Aviv – Boston service on June 28. The route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3Q8 ER 4X-EAK (msn 27600) departs from Geneva.
El Al aircraft slide show: