aircraft & regulations - investment in technology
Monarch has always led the way in the introduction of new safety technology. Our fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft is one of the most up-to-date in the industry.
We were the first UK airline to introduce the advanced new Airbus A330-200 long haul aircraft and the first to achieve the demanding Extended Range Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval on this aircraft. This has built on the many years of successful ETOPS operation with our Boeing 757 and Airbus A300-600 aircraft.
Being at the forefront of technology is not a recent phenomenon for Monarch. The company was a launch customer for the successful Boeing 757 and was the first charter carrier in the world to operate the type in 1983. This proud achievement was echoed in 1999, when Monarch again became the first charter operator of the new Rolls Royce Trent powered Airbus A330-200.
This investment policy is not only applied to new aircraft. Monarch has recently fitted improved Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) to the whole fleet, years in advance of the forthcoming regulatory requirement. Additionally, although all new aircraft delivered to Monarch are now equipped with Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems (EGPWS), we have also chosen to fit the same enhanced systems to existing Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
Monarch has set up its own Air Safety Reporting System, which is designed to share collective industry operational experience and expertise. The company is introducing Quick Access Flight Data Recorder (QAR) routine monitoring to improve safety oversight.