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Old 11th Feb 2014, 18:26
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Any Plans for Monarch to Upgrade or Refurb their A330's?

With Thomson and now Thomas Cook upgrading their Long Haul product to offer something that is comparable with the scheduled carriers, is there any plans for the A330's to be upgraded?

These aircraft must now be 10-12 years old and they don't seem to have spent a penny on the cabins in that time! There's airlines like US Airways that have refurbed their A330-300's three times in that period...

They have never offered individual in-flight entertainment screens and they offer the dreaded 3-3-3 abreast config, which Thomas Cook are finally dropping.

Surely now the 787's are not coming, it is time for the airline to spend a bit of money on these planes! Read any reviews of Monarch on their long haul product, and none of them ever seem to be very favourable when they refer to the aircrafts amenities and general comfort.

The airline always seems to lag behind other carriers when it comes to innovation and takes a very lethargic approach to change and improving on-board passenger facilities, with a make do attitude. Other people might just call them a conservative airline!
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Old 11th Feb 2014, 18:31
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What's the aircraft mix in the expanded Luton based fleet this summer?
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Old 11th Feb 2014, 22:03
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What's the aircraft mix in the expanded Luton based fleet this summer?
I am sure it was discussed in the Luton forum and is planned to be 3x A321 and 2x A320.
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Old 13th Feb 2014, 07:08
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A winter boost: airlines look at low season flights to Mallorca - Euro Weekly News Spain
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Old 13th Feb 2014, 07:21
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Will there be a 757 goodbye flight like the 300.

First flight was on a Mon 757 and growing up in LTN that was mostly all you saw for a few years. Favourite aircraft by a million miles.
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Old 13th Feb 2014, 07:55
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Luton

Thanks gilesdavies for confirming.

Runway08 I too grew up in LTN and can remember the first Monarch 757's arriving there. I hope LTN will get a farewell flight, it seems very fitting.
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Old 13th Feb 2014, 08:45
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Good idea but there are still quite a few operators with a 752, I presume the novelty of the last A300's warrant the farewell flights.
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Old 13th Feb 2014, 08:51
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Low Season Mallorca

35+ years ago you could go to Mallorca throughout the winter, on 3 and 4 day breaks.

Dan Air were certainly contracted from BHX - seem to recall it was Mondays and Fridays using Comets - I think contracted by MATO / Ellerman Sunflight, or whatever they called themselves at that time. prices were ludicrously cheap as I recall, even by the standards of the day.

I'm guessing the same offers were made from other UK airports, so while welcome, it's hardly groundbreaking, and from my recollection of Palma as a city, not a bad move.
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Old 13th Feb 2014, 15:18
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PMI

Monarch already operate to PMI from LGW in the winter.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 08:03
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I would have the 757 farewell flights afer all they have had them for nearly 30 years and for them to still be flying today is a massive thumbs up to the engineers, best boeing ever made in my opinion.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 10:50
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Scandic,.....more than 30 years! 1982/3
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 11:14
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First Monarch 757 delivery was G-MONB on 21st March 1983, so just coming up to 31 years of Monarch 757 operations.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 13:40
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I remember its arrival at Luton. It was a big moment for Monarch after the Boeing 720 years. The B757 has served them very well over the years. It remains one of my most favourite aircraft to fly on.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 18:17
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so just coming up to 31 years of Monarch 757 operations.
Blimey, 31 years of charter operations, must be like Triggers Broom by now.
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 22:43
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Blimey, 31 years of charter operations, must be like Triggers Broom by now.
The last two are 25 years old, on a par with the oldest BA B744s.

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Old 15th Feb 2014, 18:21
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The youngest survivor entered service in April '88.
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Do you think scrap man or freighters?
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Do you think scrap man or freighters?
I think it's up to the people who they have been sold to
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I hope they get to become freighters, MONB is over 30 years old and thats still going strong for Fed Ex.
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Any news as to where the other a320 is coming from ?
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