2008 News Archive - Flights - High flying Valentine’s proposal!

15 02 2008

- Monarch passenger says ‘I will’ at 35,000 feet -

Love was most definitely in the air onboard a Monarch flight from London Luton to Alicante yesterday as an unsuspecting passenger received a special Valentine’s proposal at 35,000 feet.

Sharalyn Anderson, aged 52 from Leigh on Sea was bowled over when, instead of being served the usual in-flight meal, she received a special Valentine’s card hand delivered by Monarch’s Cabin Crew with the all important proposal from boyfriend Mick Hill (53).

After the initial shock and once Sharalyn had accepted the proposal, Monarch captain Andy Farrell made a special announcement to the rest of the passengers onboard and Cabin Crew aided the celebrations by cracking open a bottle of champagne for the special couple.

A stunned Sharalyn said, “I’m absolutely amazed! I had no idea what Mick was planning as he led me to think that he didn’t believe in Valentine’s Day, so I was surprised to receive a card let alone a marriage proposal. I had no hesitation in saying yes and would like to thank the Monarch Crew for making the occasion so special.”

Mick, from Louth in Lincolnshire, who is a regular flyer with Monarch, met Sharalyn, a specialist nurse in the Colchester area with specific responsibility for MS sufferers, in the departure lounge at Luton Airport in May last year. He said, “I fly regularly to Alicante as I own a sail boat there and like to visit for the weekend, so it must have been fate that we ended up sitting next to each other in departures at Luton airport last May and got chatting. We decided to exchange numbers and the rest, as they say, is history!

“I thought that as we met at the airport it would be very fitting to propose mid-flight and what better day than Valentine’s Day! I was nervous of what Sharalyn’s reaction would be but I’m over the moon she said yes and look forward to continuing the celebrations in Alicante this weekend.”

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Photo caption:

Pictured are – Mick Hill and Sharalyn Anderson with Monarch crew and Captain Andy Farrell

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Notes to editors:

Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal and Cyprus from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports and was named as Leisure Airline of the Year in recent Travel Industry Awards for the second year in succession. In addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a unique range of tasty hot and cold meals onboard with prices from £3.00. Seats can be pre-booked at £5 per one-way flight to avoid the last minute free-for-all experienced on some other airlines, or from only £15, extra-legroom seats are available, which offer up to six inches of extra space. Regular travellers are rewarded too, with a range of benefits through the airline’s loyalty scheme, Vantage Club.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights can also avoid the queues at the airport and take advantage of online check-in which is available between seven days and 4.5 hours prior to departure.

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

Founded in 1968, Monarch Airlines is part of the Monarch group of companies together with Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd and tour operators Cosmos and seat-only specialists Avro. Monarch is one of the UK’s largest leisure airlines and 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 airline, based at Luton, operates one of the most well-equipped fleets in the skies today comprising 23 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft.

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