Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! It’s first of two public holidays in May here in the UK today, so enjoy if you’re here!
Monarch Airlines, officially based at London-Luton airport, retired its last Airbus A330 from service on April 30. The last flight, operated by the pictured Airbus A330-243 G-EOMA (msn 265), was a ferry flight between the carrier’s two bases of London Gatwick and Birmingham and arrived to a water canon salute. Collectively, the A330 racked up over 30 million miles for the UK carrier. The ending of A330 operations marks the change from holiday and charter to low cost scheduled airline.
The end of the A330 as well as the 757’s creates an all-Airbus A320-321 fleet until an order for 737-8 Max starts to arrive. The airline will then convert completely to Boeing. The 737 was chosen because its flight and use profile better suited the airlines plans for routes and costs on very short haul routes.
So the question is will we get a 1:400 version in yet another version of Monarch’s livery?
And on another Monarch related moment a couple of weeks ago G-ZBAB a relatively new Monarch A320 flew out of EMA to BHX – she was so low and it’s only 70 miles, it flew in fog over my house as it came into BHX – in FRONTIER livery – but without the tail having been painted. Not an airline you’d expect to see over the UK! She was officially delivered to Frontier as N229FR on 27th April. Leased by Monarch from CIT and subleased to Frontier. Excuse the photo quality but the fog was a little obstructive.