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Monarch Airlines finalizes its deal with Boeing for 30 737 MAX 8s + 15 options

Monarch 737 MAX 8 (11)(Flt)(Boeing)(LR)

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) today finalized an order for 30 737 MAX 8s worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July when Monarch selected Boeing as its preferred bidder for fleet replacement, includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.

The 737 MAX has accumulated 2,325 orders to date from 48 customers and is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history.

Headquartered at London Luton Airport, but also operating from five other U.K. bases – London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Leeds-Bradford – Monarch predominantly serves holiday destinations around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands as well as European ski resorts. Founded in 1968, the British carrier will move to a cost effective and uniform fleet of 737 MAX 8s within the next decade.

As previously reported, on October 24, Monarch Airlines and other parts of Monarch Holdings Limited, the UK’s leading independent leisure travel group, completed a restructuring program and sale of 90 percent of the group to Greybull Capital LLP under which it secured £125 million of permanent capital and liquidity facilities.

Image: Boeing.

Monarch Airlines: AG Slide Show

Monarch to launch two ski routes from Birmingham this winter

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) has announced two new routes from Birmingham Airport – to Salzburg and Turin – as part of its winter ski program for 2014/15. Flights will commence on December 13, 2014.

Monarch flies from Birmingham (BHX) to Salzburg (SZG) and Turin (TRN).

In addition, Monarch Airlines will offer twice-weekly London Gatwick – Agadir service starting on October 28.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAI (msn 2553) climbs away from Palma de Mallorca.

Monarch: AG Slide Show

EasyJet to expand its presence at its London’s Luton Airport home, unveils the new Tartan livery at Inverness

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has agreed a new 10 year deal with London Luton Airport which could see the airline more than double its size at the airport from four to nine million passengers a year. The expansion would also see the creation of 2,500 new jobs at the airport – the UK’s sixth largest – and in the surrounding region.

London Luton Airport logo

EasyJet has 15 aircraft based at London Luton, its second largest London base, and plans to grow its capacity by around 20% over the next year – adding new business and leisure routes and increasing frequencies on some of its existing 39 routes from London Luton.

EasyJet is the largest airline operating from London Luton with 1,600 staff employed locally and 39 destinations served.

EasyJet first launched flights from London Luton Airport with one aircraft in 1995 and the airport remains the home of the airline with its headquarters based there.

London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.7 million passengers in 2013, departing to over 100 destinations. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 600 and 8,000 staff respectively and is a key economic driver for the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by EasyJet). Airbus A319-111 G-EZBF (msn 2923) in the Tartan design prepares to depart from Gatwick Airport on the south side of London.

The airline issued this statement about G-EZBF:

EasyJet today (March 31) celebrated the launch of new early morning flights between Inverness and London Gatwick by unveiling a special edition tartan plane and EasyJet tartan kilts.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony)(EasyJet)(LR)

EasyJet was joined by Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP and Highlands MP Danny Alexander as well as representatives from Visit Scotland, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and the Inverness Chamber of Commerce .

These services not only secure the long term future of air links between the Highlands and London following Flybe’s decision to exit the route but will also help to keep businesses in the Highlands connected to London.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony-1)(EasyJet)(LR)

To mark the occasion easyJet created the ‘Highland aircraft’ tartan which is the first to be registered to an airline since records started in 2008 and one of the most prominent orange designs available. The easyJet tartan also features on a special edition Airbus A319 aircraft – named ‘Inverness’ – which will operate on easyJet routes across Europe to help promote the Highlands as a tourism destination.

The new Inverness to Gatwick flights will be followed by four new easyJet routes launching this spring – Herakilon and Bodrum from Edinburgh and Spilt and Kos from Glasgow. In total EasyJet expects to carry over 5.3 million passengers on Scottish flights this year ensuring it remains Scotland’s largest airline.

EasyJet (UK): AG Slide Show

Monarch Airlines to start London Luton-Antalya flights on March 30

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) will begin offering twice-weekly Airbus A321 service from London (Luton) to Antalya starting on March 30 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAE (msn 5606) with Sharklets arrives at Tenerife Sur.

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Monarch Airlines: AG Slide Show

Wizz Air to open its 19th base in Craiova, Romania

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced its 19th base to be opened in Craiova, Romania in July 2014 with one based aircraft. A new Airbus A320 aircraft will be delivered in Craiova on July 23, 2014.

The new aircraft will support operations of a total of six Craiova routes and increase seat capacity in the first 12 months of based operations to over 260,000 seats. The airline believes this will also stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors as consumers will have access to more low cost routes. Wizz Air announced more weekly flights on the existing services to Milan Bergamo and London Luton, and announced four new routes to Barcelona, Bologna, Dortmund and Rome Ciampino, that will start operating from July 23, 2014.





Fares from**


Wed, Sun

23 July

RON 99

Rome Ciampino

Wed, Sun

23 July

RON 99


Tue, Thu, Sat

24 July

RON 129


Mon, Fri

25 July

RON 129




Days per week

London Luton

from 2 to 4

Milan Bergamo

from 2 to 3

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LWV (msn 5660) with Sharklets lands at EuroAirport serving Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

Wizz Air: AG Slide Show

Routes from the new base:

Wizz Air 11.2013 Craiova Route Map

easyJet announces 10 new routes

EasyJet (UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has announced 10 new routes which will launch as part of its summer 2014 schedule.

The new routes will operate from its London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Belfast bases to destinations across the UK and Europe.

There are four new additions to London Gatwick’s schedule with Jersey, Paris, and Newcastle strengthening easyJet’s unrivalled business network out of the airport. Important connections between London and Newcastle will be provided through new 6 per week services. Flights to Brittany, a region of France popular with British holidaymakers, will also add to the airline’s comprehensive range of leisure destinations.

Further choice is also being offered from Belfast International Airport with affordable flights to Bordeaux and Jersey. There are also four new routes launching in Scotland which will provide sun seekers with even more choice for travel further afield to both Heraklion and Bodrum from Edinburgh Airport or the option to fly to Split and Kos from Glasgow International Airport.

The ten new 2014 routes on sale now include:

  • London Gatwick to Newcastle – flying year round, six days a week from £35.49*
  • London Gatwick to Brittany – flying summer 2014, three days a week from £35.49*
  • London Gatwick to Paris – flying year round, seven days a week from £35.49*
  • London Gatwick to Jersey – flying year round, seven days a week from £33.49*
  • Belfast International to Bordeaux – flying summer 2014, once a week from £33.49*
  • Belfast International to Jersey – flying summer 2014, twice a week from £25.49*
  • Edinburgh to Heraklion – flying summer 2014, twice a week from £37.49*
  • Edinburgh to Bodrum – flying summer 2014, twice a week from £37.49*
  • Glasgow International to Split – flying summer 2014, twice a week from £35.49*
  • Glasgow international to Kos – flying summer 2014, twice a week from £37.49*

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZGL (msn 4744) lands at EuroAirport serving Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

EasyJet (UK): AG Slide Show

Monarch Airlines becomes the first UK airline to operate Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Monarch Airlines (flymonarch.com) (London-Luton) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel saving wing tip devices, called Sharklets, becoming the first UK carrier to benefit from them.

Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the A320neo Family. The new wing tip devices measure 2.4 meters tall, replacing the A320’s current wing tip fence. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

Copyright Photo:Eurospot. The pictured Airbus A320-214 F-WWBZ (msn 5526) was handed over to Monarch Airlines as G-ZBAA on March 14.

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Monarch Airlines: AG Slide Show

Monarch introduces a new “Let’s Make Flying Fun Again” ad campaign

Monarch Airlines (Monarch.co.uk) (London-Luton) has launched its third television advertisement.

The new advertisement (see below), which will be the first to use the airline”s redesigned branding, was created by Iris Worldwide and will run for three weeks on ITV in the Central, Yorkshire, Granada and London TV regions during popular programs such as ”Dancing On Ice” ”Coronation Street” and ”The Chase”. As part of the multi-channel campaign it will also be shown on other channels including Sky One, Sky Living and E4.

There will be two versions, one of 10 seconds and one of 30 seconds. The shorter advertisement will demonstrate the airline”s price offering, while the longer version will position the brand. Both will reflect the airline”s aim ”to be the customer”s choice for outstanding service” and the aspiration to put the fun back into flying. These ideals will run through other marketing projects, as the rebranding is embedded in other airline activity this year.

The advert will be further supported by national and regional press, social media, radio, email, digital and outdoor advertising in the new theme.

Kevin George, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines, commented, “We are building on the success of our previous television campaign with this latest production, which evokes happy memories, prompting our teams and our passengers to put the fun back into flying.” He continues: “With Monarch now clearly established as a scheduled airline it is important that we showcase the products on offer across our extensive network of European and Mediterranean routes.”

Monarch Airlines operates scheduled services from Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports.


Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Airbus A320-212 G-OZBB (msn 389) prepares to land at Brussels painted in the updated 2011 livery.

Monarch Airlines: AG Slide Show

EasyJet to fly nonstop Manchester-Moscow flights in the Spring

EasyJet (easyJet.com) (UK) (London-Luton) plans to launch the first ever scheduled flights between Manchester and Moscow starting in the Spring of 2013. EasyJet will operate four flights each week.

In other news, the company reported a full-year pretax profit of $504.4 million, an increase of 28 percent.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Airbus A320-214 G-EZTB (msn 3843) taxies to the gate at Manchester.

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Thomson Airways to introduce the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on May 1 to Sanford and Cancun

Thomson Airways (London-Luton) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on May 1, 2013 on the East Midlands-Cancun and London (Gatwick)-Sanford (near Orlando) routes subject to change.

Here is the complete introduction schedule: CLICK HERE

Image: Thomson Airways.

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