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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7 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.

  6. Lord Jones says:

    I worked for Monarch Engineering at Luton for many years, and it always felt like a family company. Until the 90’s, staff could fly on the flightdeck spare seat(s). Those days have gone and sadly, so has the great Monarch. We had great times in the Luton Flying Club

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