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SpringHeeledJack 4th Oct 2018 20:41

Think of all the car alarms going off! :-)

Manx 5th Oct 2018 18:24


Originally Posted by Wander00 (Post 10263821)
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.

LGS6753 5th Oct 2018 19:12

I always thought that certain Caravelles really screamed on take-off.

YVRLTN 12th Oct 2018 15:03

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.

Any helpers?

DaveReidUK 12th Oct 2018 17:23


Originally Posted by YVRLTN (Post 10272154)
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.

22/04 12th Oct 2018 17:29


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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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?

DaveReidUK 12th Oct 2018 18:15


Originally Posted by 22/04 (Post 10272277)
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. :O

cj241101 12th Oct 2018 22:22


Originally Posted by 22/04 (Post 10272277)
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.

Georgeablelovehowindia 13th Oct 2018 12:20


Originally Posted by 22/04 (Post 10272277)
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.

LTNman 18th Oct 2018 14:04

Seem to remember this airline hanging around Luton for a short while but were they Luton based?

https://i.imgur.com/06dQrRZ.jpg
Unknown source.

WilliumMate 18th Oct 2018 14:51

Based Manchester 1987/88. Mediterranean Express only had this one I think.

SpringHeeledJack 18th Oct 2018 15:37

Was that an ex-Air Bavaria machine ?

rog747 18th Oct 2018 16:34


Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack (Post 10286400)
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)

DaveReidUK 18th Oct 2018 16:37


Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack (Post 10286400)
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:

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....7f22cfb2a8.jpg

SpringHeeledJack 18th Oct 2018 19:55

So not just Paddington Bear came from deepest darkest Peru ;-) Thanks for the answers gents.

LTNman 19th Oct 2018 17:40

So that last photo throws up a question. Who was European Airline Engineering as I don't remember them.

dc9-32 20th Oct 2018 07:28

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.

arthur harbrow 20th Oct 2018 09:44

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?

rog747 20th Oct 2018 10:57


Originally Posted by arthur harbrow (Post 10287676)
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

compton3bravo 20th Oct 2018 16:19

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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