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Old 10-07-2017, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This week saw the demise of what I've always regarded as something of a British aviation institution, namely Monarch Airlines. For many years I was involved in the restoration of their Bristol Britannia 312 G-AOVT at Duxford Cambridgeshire. On the day of the official handing over of the aircraft to the Duxford Aviation Society, we met the founders of Monarch, Messrs Hodgson and Peacock, two thorough gentlemen who had a real love of the company they founded, its employees, and for the Britannia in particular. I worked for the company for a year in 1983.

Monarch was one of the generation of British charter airlines, who along with the pioneers Dan Air, Laker, Autair/Court Line, and Euravia/Britannia Airways brought the concept of package holiday charters to sunnier climbs to the public. Britannia Airways lives on as part of TUI of course. I shall always remember the sound of the Monarch 720Bs thundering over the rooftops of Luton, as I'm sure do many of the local residents!

Here is a photo taken at Duxford on the day Monarch gave us in the DAS 'the keys' to 'VT. In the group photo taken in front of the aircraft are those of us who took part in the original restoration. That's me standing fifth from the left, yes I had more hair back then, also in the picture on the right are the company founders and some cabin staff who flew on the Britannia.

The Britannia is now in the hands of another generation of 'caretakers' who do a fine job of looking after her. I recently visited 'VT after a gap of some 35 years. I'm not ashamed to admit that it brought a tear to the eye to see her looking so magnificent following a recent total external repaint, she's a tribute to those who look after her today, and to the airline who donated her all those years ago.

Pictured below is my Pacmin 1/100 A330-300, one of two Monarch models in my collection. I do have the Corgi Britannia, although sadly they saw fit, for reasons best known to themselves, not to adorn the model with the reg G-AOVT, pity.

Farewell Monarch, you'll be sadly missed

Neil.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I always remember the Monarch DC-10s and A-300-600s, rare beasts for charter airline use back in the 90s. Sad to see them go so suddenly, especially after their bumper 737 order which will never coke to fruition now. I have only one Monarch model, the ARD200 737-200.
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Hi Neil,

Thanks for starting this thread. Also, thanks for the info and the pics.



In the USA when airlines run into financial difficulties, they choose to go into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This allows the company time to re-organize, downsize, get a handle on its' expenses, in order to hopefully emerge from bankruptcy.

Should a USA airline that's in chapter 11 bankruptcy, not do a financial turnaround and is forced to close down permanently, then the company goes into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which basically means that the company closes down and all assets are sold to the creditors.

Certainly, Monarch executives would have seen the financial signs many months ago and took steps to reduce their operations, staff etc, in order to stay in business.

I know that the bankruptcy laws are different from the USA to the UK but, it's a shame that Monarch had to abruptly close down.



So said to see any commercial airline company go out of business.

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Old 10-08-2017, 05:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Andy. That Monarch 737-200 is a nice model for sure. Whilst I was working for the airline at Gatwick and we had the 737-200s there, along with the BAC1-11 and the first of the then new 757s. I seem to remember that one of the 737s had a German registration, but it was a long time ago so I may be wrong on that. As you mentioned, Boeing must be disappointed that the 737 and 787 order is now not going to happen. The 787 would have looked good in the Monarch scheme.


Hi Robert. Thanks for the kind comments and info on chapter 11. A shame to see the airline fall, another for the airline history books.

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You're very welcome.

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I loved the Monarch scheme, and flew them many times, it's such a big shame. I actually flew on a the only Monarch 737-800 (which flew for a very short while) about a month ago. So glad to have caught it, and I have decals to create it in 1/200 now. I also have a couple of other models, the 1/72 737-300 and also a (work in progress) A330 in final scheme. Hope you like them!
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Very nice models there. My A330 is a -300, I don't think that Monarch ever flew them though. I didn't know that the 737-800s had actually entered service. A great shame all round. Is the 737-300 your handywork?

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I'm so sad Monarch has failed. Such a proud airline. I too have fond memories flying them to the sun. I have three Monarch models and would love more but I've found them to be quite rare.

The 737 is 1/100 made by Airjet. The 757 is 1/100 made by Executive Display and the A330 is made by AMI Phelps
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A very nice trio of models. Funnily enough I used to have both the Airjet Monarch 737, and the EDM 757. AMI made the best Airbus models back then.
I think that at that time that they were one of the main suppliers to Airbus.

Many years ago, I visited their premises in Leighton Buzzard to pick up a 1/100 Virgin A3XX, on that day they were putting the finishing touches to a 1/25 A380 in house colours, it was going to be used at an upcoming Paris Airshow. I wonder where that beast is today!

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A brief Monarch history:

https://airlinegeeks.com/2017/10/05/...arch-airlines/

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Very nice models there. My A330 is a -300, I don't think that Monarch ever flew them though. I didn't know that the 737-800s had actually entered service. A great shame all round. Is the 737-300 your handywork?

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The 733 isn't my work, I'm not sure on the manufacturer but it's a very nice model. Monarch only operated the A330-200 (same as Thomas Cook, Airtours/Mytravel and the original Air 2000 order, though Thomas Cook use the RAF reserve tanker fleet and have a -300 on order now). Monarch leased a 737-800 to help with crew familiarisation for the 737-max8, I think it was from Pegasus Air.
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Hi Istari,

Thanks for posting the pics.

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