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The tour operator (then named Cosmos) was born
Aircraft Engineering was founded in March 1967 and entered jet maintenance. A hangar facility was opened at Luton Airport.
Monarch Airlines’ first commercial flight was on 5 April 1968, a charter flight from Luton to Madrid on a Bristol 175 Britannia 300 . The airline's initial fleet comprised of two Bristol Britannia aircraft.
In 1969, after the acquisition of additional Britannias, bringing the fleet to six, Monarch carried 250,000 passengers.
Monarch entered the jet age in 1971 when three Boeing 720Bs joined the fleet. The airline's first commercial jet service took to the air on 13 December 1971.
In 1972, the airline carried 500,000 passengers in one year for the first time.
By 1976, Monarch had transitioned to an all-jet fleet following the sale of the airline's last Britannia aircraft.
In 1979 Airline Engineering changed its name to Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) and opened line maintenance facility at Manchester Airport.
The tour operator added flights from Manchester and Birmingham with an increased range of destinations.
At the end of 1980, Monarch Airlines took delivery of its first new jet aircraft, two Boeing 737-200 Advanced. The addition of the 737s grew Monarch's fleet to 11 jet aircraft.
In 1981, new maintenance line stations were opened at Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester and Berlin Tegel. This was the first time Monarch Airlines carried a million passengers in a single year.
1981 was also the year a line maintenance facility was opened at Gatwick by MAEL and Monarch became the first charter airline to order the Boeing 757-200. It entered service in the spring of 1983.
In spring 1985, the CAA awarded Monarch Airlines licences to begin scheduled services to Málaga, Minorca and Tenerife and the airline launched its first-ever scheduled service from Luton to Minorca on 5 July 1986 – it was named Crown Service.
In 1986 Monarch took delivery of its first Boeing 737-300 aircraft.
1988 the airline carried more than two million sector passengers and opened a hangar facility at Luton airport.
The tour operator became the first mainstream company to introduce all-inclusive European holidays.
In 1990, Monarch introduced the Airbus A300-600R, its first wide-bodied aircraft into the fleet and in 1993 the first Airbus A320 arrived.
In 1991 MAEL opened a line maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport.
Following the arrival of A330 aircraft in 1999, Monarch started long-haul flying, another first for the airline.
2000 - 2010
In 2000 MAEL opened a hangar facility at Manchester airport and in 2001 MAEL started expansion into Europe.
The DC-10 was retired from service in 2002.
In 2003, Monarch opened a new base at Gatwick Airport with services to Alicante, Faro and Málaga and MAEL opened line maintenance facilities in Spain and the Canaries.
This was soon followed by the opening of a base at Birmingham airport in 2005.
Flights from Manchester also started during this year and Monarch became the airport's second-largest passenger airline.
2011 - 2017
From 2010- 2015 many new routes started including Croatia, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy Spain and Portugal.
In December 2012, a new base opened at Leeds Bradford Airport.
Monarch Airlines offered capacity for eight million passengers in 2012/13 and strengthened its scheduled services.
In 2013 Monarch Aircraft Engineering opened a Training Academy at Luton Airport, secured maintenance approvals on Boeing 737NG, Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E-Jet series and adds Boeing 787 Dreamliner training capability.
A new state-of-the-art hangar facility is opened at Birmingham Airport.
In July 2013 the Monarch Foundation was established – the cornerstone of Monarch’s
corporate responsibility programme
In October 2013, the Group announced the roll-out of the Olympics-inspired ‘WorldHost’ customer service training programme. Monarch was the first European airline to do this.
In 2014 the airline named Boeing as preferred supplier for new narrow body fleet and Monarch confirmed the order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with an option for a further 15. The first is due for delivery in the spring of 2018.
On 24th October following a restructure of the Group, Monarch was acquired by Greybull Capital LLP
In 2015 the Group consolidated all travel brands under Monarch name, operated its last charter flight and ended long haul flying
2015 saw the start of strengthening and reorganising the European network transforming the company into a modern, low cost scheduled European leisure airline group.
In October 2016 Monarch announced the biggest investment in its 48 year history, a £165 million investment from its majority shareholder, Greybull Capital.
In 2016 Monarch was voted the world’s most punctual low cost carrier in OAG’s Punctuality League 2016 and was appointed a Gold Trusted Service award by Feefo, the independent trusted ratings and reviews platform, in February 2017.
In May 2017 the airline was voted as a winner in the ‘Regional & Low Cost Airlines’ category based on customer reviews on Trip Advisor over the last year.
At the Paris Air Show in June 2017, Monarch confirmed the additional 15 Boeing 737 Max8 aircraft, announced a joint venture partnership with Boeing and Boeing's Global Fleet Care for its entire 737 MAX fleet.