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Old September 6th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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#ZB | Monarch Airways

Hello all, My fave English airline has to be Monarch & has the best looking colours too imo.
Been on the 757's a few times & was on a Monarch 757 that got hit by lightning going from LGW to Palma!
Love the Airbus A330 been on one twice & looking forward to seeing & hopefully going on the 787 in Monarch colours...if it ever arrives!!

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Old September 7th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #2
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Monarch have canceled their 787.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:50 AM   #3
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Apparently there looking at getting another x4 767-300er's in instead now...Triffik planes...Who needs the 787 anyway!!
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Old December 12th, 2013, 06:34 PM   #4
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LS/MON/TCX/TOM | UK Leisure Airlines: Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson

Monarch plans to buy 60 jets in £1.5bn spending spree

Luton-based company emerging from a two-year turnaround plan aimed at helping it compete against the no-frills carriers.



British airline group Monarch has outlined plans to buy 60 short-haul jets in a £1.5bn spending spree, in a challenge to dominant rivals Ryanair and easyJet.

However, Luton-based Monarch warned that it expects the short-haul European market to get tougher as competition mounts from its larger low-cost competitors, eclipsing any benefits from Britain's economic recovery.

The privately-held airline is emerging from a two-year turnaround plan aimed at helping it compete against the no-frills carriers that dominate Europe's airspace, but still has some way to go before matching their low-cost model.

As part of its modernisation, Monarch said on Wednesday it was buying 60 new aircraft and hopes to finalise the order before March. It is considering offers from Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier, Chairman Iain Rawlinson told Reuters.

Norwegian, Aer Lingus and Ryanair – Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers – have warned that cut-throat competition is pushing down prices.

"The overall economic backdrop isn't going to give us a great improvement in the short term," Rawlinson said in an interview, adding that over-capacity in the market would continue to be an challenge for the group.

When asked if the market was set to get tougher Rawlinson said: "Yes, we think it will. And therefore to have a very clear differentiated approach to the market is vital." In a nod to Ryanair's recent admission that it will ditch its "abrupt culture", he said: "For us that means focusing on the true differentiation which is superior customer experience."


http://www.theguardian.com/business/...0-jets-airline
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Old December 16th, 2013, 12:50 PM   #6
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Definitely. For what is such a huge market in the UK I was surprised there wasn't already a thread for these airlines.


Travel agent Thomas Cook makes first profit since 2010

Chief executive says company trajectory back on track as it posts full-year operating profit of £13m following £170m loss.

Thomas Cook declared it was back on the path to growth as a move into upmarket package deals helped the travel company post its first annual operating profit for three years.

Harriet Green, the Thomas Cook chief executive brought in from outside the industry to shake up the struggling business, said the company had made good progress in the first year of its turnaround plan, by "putting our business back on a firm trajectory of profitable growth". Green was brought in from electronic components business Premier Farnell in July last year to transform the group's fortunes following its near collapse in 2011 in the wake of a debt-fuelled expansion.

Its costs reduced by an overhaul that included 2,500 job losses, Thomas Cook made an operating profit of £13m in the year to 30 September after suffering a £170m loss a year earlier. On an underlying basis, operating profit rose 49% to £263m.

"We've taken out more cost more quickly than originally planned. Yet the implementation of our strategy for sustainable profitable growth has only just begun," Green said.

Despite the upbeat message, which sent shares up 11.6% to 175.70p, Thomas Cook reported a hefty pre-tax loss of £158.1m – largely due to interest payments on its debt – although the deficit was less than half the £336.8m loss a year earlier.

Green raised the target for cost savings to £400m in 2015, an increase of £40m, and announced a fresh target to cut more costs "of a similar scale" by 2018.

The company, started by its eponymous founder in 1841 to transport teetotallers to temperance meetings in the East Midlands, came close to bankruptcy two years ago and was forced to renegotiate debts of almost £900m. Amid doubts about the future of its package holiday business, Green joined and promised to turn the company round by improving products and streamlining the business.

In her first year, she set about cutting costs, scrapping surplus brands and getting out of unprofitable holidays that could not compete against internet deals and budget airlines. She has emulated the success of rival TUI Travel by offering holidaymakers packages at hotels not available elsewhere, and has added new winter destinations such as Barbados and Antigua.

Green said she wanted to more than double the group's number of exclusive hotels from 309 to 800 by 2017, and to increase city break hotels on offer from 7,000 to 20,000 by 2015.

Nick Bartram, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said: "For a number of years, management teams at Thomas Cook have promised to cut costs and turn the business round, but this is the first team to do something tangible."

Thomas Cook's results statement concentrated on its own performance with little to say about wider consumer demand, but Bartram said renewed confidence and the resilience of the package deal would help Green's cause.

"The economic backdrop is pretty reasonable. Consumer confidence is picking up in the UK. There are still a lot of people who are happy to let someone arrange a package deal for them and the price differential isn't as big as it has been."

Research by the Abta travel industry group found that people would sooner cut back on clothes, gadgets and other spending than sacrifice their annual holiday. They are also more likely to spend on one big holiday than to take multiple breaks.

Getting out of low-margin holidays helped increase Thomas Cook's total revenue by 1.3% to £9.3bn . In the UK and Ireland, the number of packages booked fell by 10%, but cost cuts and thicker margins helped boost earnings before interest and tax to £66m from just £2m a year earlier.

UK bookings are down 7% so far this year after unprofitable lines were dropped. Thomas Cook said winter bookings were hit by customer unwillingness to travel to Egypt because of social unrest in the country.

Green has embraced the internet and is aiming for 50% of bookings to be online by 2015.

Online bookings rose to 36% from 34%, and the company has introduced a service that lets people book in a branch and then manage their holiday online.


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New Thomas Cook aircraft poised to enter service

The first Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321 carrying the group’s new ‘Sunny Heart’ livery is set to enter service next week.

The aircraft is the second of 23 new A321s ordered by Thomas Cook Group to be delivered by 2016 as it replaces almost a third of its short and medium-haul fleet.

Six will be deployed in the UK by next summer, with the latest aircraft entering service in the next few days operating holiday flights to a range of European destinations.

The new Airbus is the first in the group – and one of a very small number of such aircraft overall - to be fitted with wing-tip Sharklets which help it fly using less fuel. This contributes to an overall fuel efficiency of up to 6% compared to the existing aircraft in the fleet.

The first flights will take place next week after being delivered to the airline’s Manchester base from Airbus in Hamburg – with the aircraft set to be based at Belfast airport.

Christoph Debus, chairman of Thomas Cook Group Airlines and chief executive of Thomas Cook Airlines UK said: “Today marks the beginning of an exciting phase for our UK airline, bringing a new experience for our customers as we welcome this new aircraft to our fleet.

“By next summer, six such aircraft will be taking our holidaymakers to destinations across Europe and North Africa.

“It’s very symbolic that we will see the first of our new Airbus A321 aircraft in the UK take on our new ‘Sunny Heart‘ livery, an icon for the new Thomas Cook and the new Thomas Cook Airlines.”




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Im really hoping Thomas Cook will give BHX a chance with some Long haul routes in the future. They are doing a one off BHX-MCO (Orlando Int) next April for the Easter holidays and apparently it sold out in weeks but no more expansion at BHX yet.

I expect as per usual MAN/LGW will get it all with the Thomas Cook/Condor merger that starts next summer which i find a bit strange that Condor (A german airline) will do flights from MAN to PMI. Why cant it just be left to Thomas Cook (UK) ??????????
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Im really hoping Thomas Cook will give BHX a chance with some Long haul routes in the future. They are doing a one off BHX-MCO (Orlando Int) next April for the Easter holidays and apparently it sold out in weeks but no more expansion at BHX yet.

I expect as per usual MAN/LGW will get it all with the Thomas Cook/Condor merger that starts next summer which i find a bit strange that Condor (A german airline) will do flights from MAN to PMI. Why cant it just be left to Thomas Cook (UK) ??????????
I'd say don't get your hopes up for any long haul expansion from BHX. Long haul is being cut back at all UK bases with the exception of LGW and GLA, which will remain as is, and at MAN where long haul will see significant growth.

The reason for Condor operating a number of flights from MAN is that Thomas Cook Group are merging its main airlines (UK, Belgium and Germany) into one single airline. Much similar to easyJet and Ryanair which are single airlines but with bases throughout Europe.

At the moment Thomas Cook Scandinavia will continue to operate independently from the rest of the Thomas Cook Group.
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Thomas Cook are refitting the cabins on all their aircraft. The refits will also include significantly increasing leg-room on short haul aircraft (Airbus A320, A321 , Boeing 757-200 and Boeing 757-300) and on long haul aircraft (Airbus A330 and Boeing 767).



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Over the weekend it looked like Monarch Airlines was about to collapse. A lot of planes from all over the world where flown in to the UK and the Monarch destinations, including United Airlines 747s, for a possible operation to pick up stranded passengers when needed.


Up to Monday morning Monarch denied that there were issues, claiming that all operations were going on as usual.

Monarch airlines says flights operating as normal
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37469743


But later on the day news came out that they are talking with various parties about at a large cash injection.

Monarch Airlines in talks about cash injection amid financial health rumours
https://www.theguardian.com/business...ancial-trouble

Monarch Airlines takeover speculation amid claims of market turbulence
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/...#ixzz4LOAkWRlL

One of the parties that they are talking to is the Chinese HNA group, best known for Hainan Airlines.



And reaction from the airline:
http://blog.monarch.co.uk/speculation-about-monarch/

26th September, 2016

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Over the weekend, there has been negative speculation about Monarch’s financial health.

Monarch is trading well and is expected to achieve an EBITDA of over £40m at the end of this financial year (October 2016). This is despite a difficult period for the holiday industry due to terrorist incidents, Brexit and the resulting devaluation of sterling.

Our flights and holidays are operating as normal, carrying Monarch customers as scheduled.

To weather tougher market conditions and to fund its ongoing growth, Monarch expects to announce a significant investment from its stakeholders in the coming days.
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