2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch announces order for Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners

18 08 2006

Monarch Airlines has today announced that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will form the core of its future long-haul fleet. Monarch’s shareholders have placed an order for six of the new aircraft, worth US$916 million at list prices, with purchase rights on a further four. The company’s current long-haul fleet is comprised of Airbus A330, A300 and Boeing 767 aircraft.

The 787 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery from the end of 2010, incorporate revolutionary cabin designs and will offer passengers improved onboard comfort with wider seats, seat back monitors, improved air conditioning, bigger windows, more stowage space, improved lighting and an altogether enhanced environment.

Using 20% less fuel per passenger than similarly sized aircraft, the Boeing 787 is also designed for the environment with lower emissions and quieter takeoffs and landings.

Monarch’s CEO, Peter Brown commented, “After months of extensive evaluation, we are delighted to have concluded that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is the ideal aircraft to replace Monarch’s existing fleet of wide-bodied aircraft. With delivery scheduled between 2010 and 2013, we are confident that their introduction into our fleet will provide us with an unbeatable product offering and greatly enhance the onboard passenger experience on our flights.”

Also commenting on the announcement, Marlin Dailey, senior vice president of Sales for Europe, Russia and central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airlines said, “The 787 has proven appeal in the long-haul leisure market, with faster cruise speeds enabling shorter sector times on flights. Monarch passengers will now be able to take advantage of these as well as benefiting from the cabin enhancements within the aircraft, making for an all-round improved flying experience.”

Monarch currently operates a fleet of 28 aircraft, serving over 100 destinations world-wide. Services are split between scheduled and charter flights, with the airline carrying over 6 million passengers per year.

Full details on all Monarch services can be found on www.flymonarch.com.

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Notes to editors:

Monarch Airlines operates both low-cost scheduled and charter services.

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

The airline, based at Luton, operates one of the most well-equipped fleets in the skies today comprising 20 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft.

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