Topjet330 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 236 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3615 times:
Monarch have announced officially that they are going to upgrade a number of A300-600 aircraft with Monarch Premium this winter, to meet demand for the every more popular service. Offering 34" seat pitch, wider seats, in flight entertainment and upgraded meals, along with a private cabin is just the tip of the ice berg for Monarch.
Source - Travelweekly
aside from the news, has anyone else heard anymore on this?
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3037 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3503 times:
This is brilliant news and shows Monarch are comitted to the A300's and are likely to be in service for a good few years!
If they are offering the premium service, one would assume they will be operating far more long haul charters and taking some of the pressure off the A330's which operate a very heavy schedule.
The A300 has never been a big hit with charter airlines and while other scheduled airlines are beginning to replace them with A330's and 777's, Monarch prove that they are right kind of aircraft for them! They are equally at home flying a short haul for example to Palma as they are flying long haul to Goa in India.
Until recently I did think the A300's days were numbered as none of them had the new livery but they are slowly painting them and G-MONS is their first example. Monarch dont seem to be in a rush updating the liveries on there aircrafts!
Are the A300's capable of flying non-stop to Florida, Caribean and Mexico???
Worldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3480 times:
They used to use the A300 on services to Florida but with a stop at Bangor.
I didn't realise that. I flew MON from LGW to MCO way back, stopping at MAN and BGR. I just remember one of the cabin crew saying to me that the flights on the Airbus operated non-stop. She could have been mistaken I suppose.
Goa flights stop at Bahrain.
Yup. And the MBA flights used to stop in CAI I think.
KA501 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3463 times:
Definite they stop at Bahrain on the Manchester Goa run, and from memory they did Man to Orlando about 5 times a week prior to the DC10 & A330's being delivered with a stop at Bangor,
They must have a fairly restricted range with a full load as they are at present in a 361 PAX configuration, that's a lot of people, on 2 engines,going a long way.
(In comparison Americans A300-600,s operate with just 251 or 178 seats)
I'd love to fly on one of their A300's! They look huge with no premium. I flew to MCO with MON in 2000 and after flying AIH on the way out, I was very disappointed about no PTV's in Econ, but that's all a different matter. Nice to hear the A300's are getting refitted, im always surprised though that MON didn't order more A330's,
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
CKT523 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3111 times:
I remember flying on G-MAJS back in 1996, flt no. MON5712 the day of the England v Germany match (the captain announced the score and the cabin went wild!)if anyone knows whan that was?? We flew LGW-ALC and all I can remember about the flight was that the cabin looked like a cinema, no bulkheads, just seats,seats and more seats! We were sat at the rear in the 2-3-2 section and it was a bit cramped. My question is, out cabin wasn't dark blue with yellow headrests like in the pic, the seats were a kind of grey/pale blue with thin black horizontal stripes on them, grey rubber headrest covers and a black M logo on them. A bit bland, but was this a special scheme or was that standard on MON at the time?
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3105 times:
MOnarch used their A300 to GND ones as a substitute for the A330 when GEOMA was down. But that aircraft had to make a fuel stop in Gander, then continue to GND. The same route for the return trip to LGW. But we (GND) are pretty far south in the caribbean.