2008 News Archive - Flights - Happy 40th Birthday Monarch!

07 04 2008

- Airline celebrates flying the nation for 40 years with a trip down memory lane -

Monarch, the longest established airline brand still trading and flying under the same name in the UK celebrated its 40th anniversary this weekend with a special celebratory flight from Luton to Menorca on Saturday 05 April.

It has certainly been an eventful four decades and the airline has come a long way from their humble beginnings back in 1968, when a collaboration between Airline Engineering Limited (now Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd) and Cosmos, saw the launch of Monarch Airlines and the first commercial service take to the skies – flight OM118 operating between Luton and Madrid on 05 April 1968.

40 years on and passengers travelling on Monarch’s celebratory flight from Luton to Menorca took a trip down memory lane as they checked-in at retro branded check-in desks and were treated to champagne and birthday cake onboard, all served by Monarch cabin crew dressed in replicas of the original 1968 uniform – complete with yellow mini dress!

Since launch Monarch has carried over 104 million passengers.

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Picture caption: It was a trip back to the 60’s for the six Monarch Cabin Crew who operated the airline’s celebratory flight from Luton to Menorca on Saturday, in the original 1968 uniform. Pictured are Stephanie Margot, Sarah Whitty, Katie Brown, Tracy Hutton, Charlotte Southcott and Victoria Toll

Notes to editors:

Founded in 1968, Monarch is the longest established airline brand still trading and flying under the same name in the UK and is today one of the UK’s largest leisure airlines, operating both charter and scheduled flights.

The airline is the principal independent supplier of charter seats to tour operators large and small, flying to around 100 destinations across Europe, America, Africa and Asia from the UK’s principal and regional airports.

The scheduled service division of Monarch Airlines offers low cost services from Birmingham, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester Airports to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

The airline, based at Luton, operates one of the most well-equipped fleets in the skies today comprising 23 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft. The airline will also be one of the first UK carriers to take delivery of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft with six due for delivery between 2010 and 2013.

For more information, visit www.monarch.co.uk or call 0871 225 3884.

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