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Old 5th Oct 2018, 18:24
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Originally Posted by Wander00
Glad someone has mentioned the employees, BBC just moaning on and getting dramatic about people having the minor once-off inconvenience of reorganising their holiday
I think both deserve some sympathy - those who went to work for a fast growing budget airline to quickly get re-employed and those who maybe could only afford to go on the holiday destination they chose due to the rock bottom prices available but might now have to stump up a lot more than they can actually afford for last minute replacement flights. The BBC are no different to how the rest of media have covered it.
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Old 5th Oct 2018, 19:12
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I always thought that certain Caravelles really screamed on take-off.
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Old 12th Oct 2018, 15:03
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Slightly LTN related... I flew a Monarch 757 STN - BGR - BGI and back in December 1990 and I'm looking for the reg. I always thought it was MONC, but it was leased to Air Holland at the time so could not have been.

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Old 12th Oct 2018, 17:23
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Originally Posted by YVRLTN
Slightly LTN related... I flew a Monarch 757 STN - BGR - BGI and back in December 1990 and I'm looking for the reg. I always thought it was MONC, but it was leased to Air Holland at the time so could not have been.
G-MONC was actually on the German register in December 1990 (as D-ABNY with Condor), as was G-MOND (as D-ABNZ). So the only candidates for your flight (assuming it was one of the G-MONxregistrations) would be B/E/J/K.
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Old 12th Oct 2018, 17:29
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G-MONC was actually on the German register in December 1990 (as D-ABNY with Condor), as was G-MOND (as D-ABNZ). So the only candidates for your flight (assuming it was one of the G-MONxregistrations) would be B/E/J/K.

MONB was never ETOPS was it? the other three you mention all were I think though. Would suspect it would have been ETOPS on that run.Wasn't there noe not in the MON* sequence - DAJB?
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Old 12th Oct 2018, 18:15
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Originally Posted by 22/04
Wasn't there one not in the MON* sequence - DAJB?
There were several, in fact.

I was assuming that the poster had got at least some of the registration correct.
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Old 12th Oct 2018, 22:22
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Originally Posted by 22/04
MONB was never ETOPS was it? the other three you mention all were I think though. Would suspect it would have been ETOPS on that run.Wasn't there noe not in the MON* sequence - DAJB?
Don't forget G-DRJC and G-MCKE.
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Old 13th Oct 2018, 12:20
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Originally Posted by 22/04
MONB was never ETOPS was it? the other three you mention all were I think though. Would suspect it would have been ETOPS on that run.Wasn't there noe not in the MON* sequence - DAJB?
Monarch ETOPS 757s: G-MONB, G-MONE, G-MONJ, G-MONK, G-DAJB and G-MCKE.

UK - BGR was most certainly ETOPS, on the NAT Tracks.

The dates of your flights would be helpful.

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Old 18th Oct 2018, 14:04
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Seem to remember this airline hanging around Luton for a short while but were they Luton based?


Unknown source.
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Old 18th Oct 2018, 14:51
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Based Manchester 1987/88. Mediterranean Express only had this one I think.
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Old 18th Oct 2018, 15:37
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Was that an ex-Air Bavaria machine ?
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Old 18th Oct 2018, 16:34
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
Was that an ex-Air Bavaria machine ?
No Med Exp had the 475's - they had 2 but one was knackered and although painted never flew (Ex Faucett Peru)
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Old 18th Oct 2018, 16:37
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
Was that an ex-Air Bavaria machine ?
No, it's one of the two former Faucett 475 Series that Mediterranean Express acquired. The other was G-AYUW, but I don't think ME ever operated it:

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Old 18th Oct 2018, 19:55
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So not just Paddington Bear came from deepest darkest Peru ;-) Thanks for the answers gents.
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Old 19th Oct 2018, 17:40
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So that last photo throws up a question. Who was European Airline Engineering as I don't remember them.
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 07:28
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Med Ex was based at Luton, not Manchester, and in a McAlpine hangar. In fact the one where their broken 1-11 is seen. If you trawl through this thread, there are some further details about them and what they wanted to become. The 2nd 1-11 was ferried without autopilot from Mojave to Luton and never saw airline service.
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 09:44
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Now, mention of Mediterranean Express brings to mind a sub charter by Med Exp out of Manchester, this charter was carried out by a Boeing 707 which caused a flurry of controversy.
Does anyone remember this?Was it the 707 was foreign registered?
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 10:57
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Originally Posted by arthur harbrow
Now, mention of Mediterranean Express brings to mind a sub charter by Med Exp out of Manchester, this charter was carried out by a Boeing 707 which caused a flurry of controversy.
Does anyone remember this?Was it the 707 was foreign registered?
MEA rings a bell
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 16:19
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I can confirm that Med Express was based at McAlpine's at Luton. Spent many happy hours in ''operations'. Operated just a daily flight to Naples and back. Sadly only lasted one summer season.
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Old 21st Oct 2018, 08:16
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Med Ex was busy during the summer covering sub-charters for Air UK, BMA etc. I had many a happy moment hurtling down GCI's runway with a full load of 89 plus bags !!
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