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- Since 1967, Monarch Airlines has been dedicated to providing customers with value, quality and choice.In the early days, our business had just two aircraft: today, Monarch's fleet features 28 of the world's most modern jetliners - and each year we fly 5 million people to more than 100 destinations. Many of the airlines who were in business back in the 1960s have long since disappeared: but Monarch has always been quick to respond to changes in the market - and believes in finding ways to give customers exactly what they want. That's why some of the key events in our history reflect the major developments in jet travel itself: whenever technology has advanced we've been eager to bring the benefits to our clientele.
Here are just a few of the 'milestones' in how we've evolved as a business. In the early 1970s, the expanding holiday industry demanded faster travel. Monarch met that demand by committing to a modern, all-jet fleet: an unusual step on those days. We took delivery of our first Boeing jet - the 720B - and the first jet service took place on 13th December 1971. By 1972, we were carrying over 500,000 passengers. Ten years later, we were the first charter airline in the world to order the new Boeing 757 - a highly sophisticated twin-engine jet. We ordered 4 - and Boeing was prepared to work with us to customise the aircraft in exactly the ways we wanted.By the 1980s, many people wanted to travel independently of package tours. They wanted to book their own flights at flexible and convenient times and organise their own accommodation. Monarch recognised this need and in Spring 1985 we were awarded licenses to Malaga, Menorca and Tenerife. Our scheduled division was born.Another step forward in 1989 - with the opening of a new £6 million Boeing 757 flight simulator at Luton. This state-of-the-art simulator operated 22 hours a day for 362 days a year, not just for Monarch's own pilots, but also on hire to other companies. It could simulate any airfield n the world and any flying conditions that it's possible to encounter.In 1999, we added the Airbus A330 to the fleet. This features the new Premium cabin, with a range of upgrade benefits such as increased seat pitch and width, and in-arm or seat-back video.
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Award winning low cost airline Monarch is delighted to announce its involvement with this years Urban Music Awards, which take place on 10 November 2006.
Monarch, who have been named as the official airline partner of the awards, and are sponsor of three categories, Best Hard Dance Act, Best House DJ and Best Underground DJ, will also be rewarding all winners with a pair of scheduled flights to jet off to a top European hotspot.
Commenting on the partnership with the Urban Music Awards 2006, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled services, Tim Jeans said, “This is the first year that we have been involved with the Urban Music Awards and it is an honour to be the official airline partner to such a prestigious awards ceremony. We wish the nominees in all our sponsored categories the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them on board their winning Monarch flight in the near future”.
Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal from Aberdeen, Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester and was named as Leisure Airline of the Year in recent Travel Industry Awards. Fares on Monarch flights include complimentary daily newspapers, a refreshing hot towel service and require no additional payment for checking-in baggage; also available is a unique range of tasty hot and cold meals with prices from £3.00. Seats can be pre-booked at £5 per one-way flight to avoid the last minute free-for-all, or for only £15, why not try one of the 48 extra-legroom seats which offer up to six inches of extra space? Regular travellers are rewarded too, with a range of benefits through the airline’s loyalty scheme, Vantage Club.
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This week Monarch were honoured by our industry counterparts and recognised as the 2006 'Airline of the Year - Leisure' at the annual Travel Trade Gazette awards, held in Old Billingsgate in London on Wednesday night.
Monarch Chief Executive Peter Brown was on hand to receive the award from host Graham Norton, and was delighted to see the Luton-based carrier triumph over the other nominated airlines - Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook, BMI, and First Choice Airways.
The judging panel were impressed by Monarch's 'fresh new look and effective market repositioning' and our new online check-in service, coupled with excellent customer service.
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Monarch Airlines has today announced that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will form the core of its future long-haul fleet. Monarch’s shareholders have placed an order for six of the new aircraft, worth US$916 million at list prices, with purchase rights on a further four. The company’s current long-haul fleet is comprised of Airbus A330, A300 and Boeing 767 aircraft.
The 787 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery from the end of 2010, incorporate revolutionary cabin designs and will offer passengers improved onboard comfort with wider seats, seat back monitors, improved air conditioning, bigger windows, more stowage space, improved lighting and an altogether enhanced environment.
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