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Monarch retiring Boeing 757 in November

by Matt Falcus

Monarch 757

Monarch will retire its Boeing 757 fleet in November according to the airline’s latest plans.

Unlike its Airbus A300 retirement earlier this year, which saw a specially laid-on enthusiast flight to celebrate the event, the 757 will go quietly after performing its final flights on 2nd November.

A couple of ad-hoc charter flights are planned for the type following that date, after which it will be disposed of as the airline focuses on its modern fleet of Airbus A320s, A321s and A330s

Monarch is currently undergoing a change of ownership as the Mantegazza family sells the longstanding airline to Greybull Capital. Already announced this week is the departure of strategy director Stuart Jackson, among hundreds of job layoffs planned for the restructuring of the airline, which will only focus on scheduled services in the future.

Whilst visiting Gatwick recently I took this time lapse sequence of a Monarch Boeing 757 during preparation for departure, which is a nice tribute to the type.

Monarch was one of the first airlines in the world to operate the Boeing 757 when it took delivery in 1983, alongside other UK operators Air Europe and British Airways. The fleet could be seen on charters across Europe, Africa and North America, but the natural life of the airframes is coming to an end and the airline must look forward to a brand new fleet. It recently ordered 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, and has taken a number of second hand A321s recently to bolster its capacity.


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Adrian Benson October 24, 2014 - 1:30 am

Monarch have not ordered any Boeing 737-Max8. The airline is being restructured and sold. The present owners are not prepared to invest anymore money into the Company. The potential new owners, Greybull Leasing will not commit to new aircraft until the transfer of ownership has been completed. The two A330 aircraft will probably be disposed of in May 2015 as Monarch are withdrawing from the long haul market. The only announcement so far is that Boeing is the preferred bidder regarding a future order for new aircraft.

Matt Falcus October 24, 2014 - 7:04 pm

I must add credit to Robert Mitchell for the information in this article

757 fan November 2, 2014 - 9:50 am

Does anybody know what’s happening to the 3 monarch 757? Please don’t say they are being scrapped??


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