Question mark hangs over Monarch as Qatar Airways A320s arrive in London.Back to Forum
Two Qatar Airways’ A320s (A7-LAC and A7-LAH) have arrived in London and are now parked at Stansted.
Both A320s are complete with flight crew and cabin crew.
Eight further A320s may follow from Qatar Airways.
At 14:00 hrs @SkyNewsBreak tweeted “The future of Monarch Airlines is in doubt as the aviation regulator decides whether to grant it a temporary licence extension.”
It would appear these Qatar Airways A320s have been hired by the UK’s CAA. They may be called upon to operate rescue flights.
Report earlier today in The Times. (Paywall may apply)
Also Daily Express.30 Sep 2017
on a familiar story regarding LCC’s. I was in HKG last night and the HK express counter had TV reporters all over it, apprently they have just done a ryanair and cancelled a load of flights next week to Japan and korea citing the same as Ryanair, lack of holidays for pilots1 Oct 2017
It’s believed two QR A320s are now setting off from Doha to London. They have been requested by the CAA and, if talks with Monarch fail, they are expected to be used to operate rescue flights.
More A320s could follow. And there are two QR A320s parked at STN for a few days already.1 Oct 2017
Lugano Pirate – a potted, recent history.
If my memory serves me correctly, Cosmos and Monarch were part of the same company. It also included Monarch Holidays and Avro (flight only). Cosmos was re-branded as Monarch Holidays. Monarch Airlines became Monarch Scheduled, flight prefix ZB. Their charter flights prefix was MON, although I think this has now been phased out completely.
If midnight heralds their demise, I will be sorry. Having used them over ten years, one or twice per year, between BHX and PFO, they were always on time. The food was reasonable, even when they started to charge for meals. Also used them for passengers and freight, during my last job. A former colleague described them as a safe pair of hands, nothing fancy, just “what it said on the tin”.1 Oct 2017
@flightradar24 has tweeted that no fewer than six QR A320s are on their way to the UK.
Four are heading to BHX while two are bound for LGW.
Qatar Airways are positioning A320's to UK, on request by the Civil Aviation Authority in UK, to be used if Monarch Airlines collapse. pic.twitter.com/LfXFC6v0Z1
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 1, 20171 Oct 2017
Interesting,they’d make good fit for IAG,aircraft,routes and slots too, maybe QR (Qatar being major IAG shareholder) is already making a move, or just the CAA returning ATOL pax!2 Oct 2017
BBC reporting that Monarch has indeed ceased trading and all flights cancelled.
CAA will be setting up rescue flights to collect those abroad already.
Turns out that those who booked flights directly with Monarch Airlines since 15th December 2016 have no ATOL protection and need to claim from credit card providers etc. They kept that quiet….2 Oct 2017
Very sad news, 2,100 jobs at risk.
Travel page of the Telegraph = keeping it quiet?:-)2 Oct 2017