Monarch Airlines 1967-2017: Our Tribute

One of the UK’s largest and best-loved carriers, Monarch Airlines, last night ceased operations. 

The independent airline has operated its fleet of aircraft painted in familiar yellow colours since 1967 from a base at Luton Airport. It also had bases at other airports around the UK.

Monarch Airlines operated a fleet of Airbus A320, A321 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with a substantial order for 737 MAX 8 in place.

What the future holds for the company or the brand is not yet known, but here’s our tribute to Monarch Airlines:



Monarch Britannia on display at Duxford Museum.



Monarch 737-200 at Geneva.



Monarch 757 loading at Gatwick


Monarch A300



Monarch A321

Monarch A321


This could have been Monarch’s future. 737 MAX



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6 Responses

  1. Frank Taylor says:

    A very sad time for everyone involved.My first package holiday to Majorca in the early 70’s was with Monarch on a Boeing 720 out of Luton,great memories.

  2. Carl cumberpatch says:

    My 1st trip with monarch was to Athens on a b757 then went to Orlando via Bangor Maine on a b757 and been on numerous A320/321 sadly will be missed

  3. Paul Harpum says:

    Remember as a kid watching Monarch Britannia`s landing at Luton. Sadly going to be missed. Lasted longer than Courtline did at Luton in the seventies.

  4. DAVID McGUIRE says:

    Many times Monarch Britannias seen in Winter at Blackpool which went the same way as the airline.At least the airport is back as a G.A. airfield.Not much hope for Monarch now,the rot set in a few years back and they were on borrowed time.

  5. Ray Brazel says:

    Sad to hear Monarch Airlines has folded. I worked for them in 1979/80 while on a working holiday in the UK. We had Boeing 720Bs, 707s and BAC1-11 than. I loved it there, great people.

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