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Are Monarch's 757's On There Way Out?  
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3023 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6017 times:

I was just on Monarch's website and looking at their fleet details, I noticed the 757 is missing from the list and got me thinking...

I was wondering if Monarch are beginning to phase out the 757 from their fleet???

I am aware of some (if not all) of Monarch's 757's are some of the oldest flying - taking delivery of them going back to 1983. With Monarch operating their aircrafts at a very high utilization rate, I would have thought these frames would soon be reaching the end of their cycle rates. Maintenance costs must also be increasing on these older specimens too...

Also over the last few years the number of A320/1's into the fleet have gradually been increasing and with both the 757's and Airbuses flying very similar routes within Europe and the Canaries. Would it make sense for them to have a common fleet for their Short haul operations?
(I know the ZB 757 has been operated to Florida in the past, but think they are restricted to short haul
operations these days?)


With the A321 having a similar seating number in an all charter config to the 757 and having the required range for what Monarch needs, it seems the perfect replacement!?


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G-MOND Before and after photo - 24yrs after delivery and looks as great as ever! (If not better!)
Not many aircrafts these days, can claim to be with the same airline 24yrs after been delivered brand new!

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User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5971 times:

I flew on G-MOND from Tenerife South back to Gatwick when I was twelve years younger and it brings back memories now every time I see it.

The last figures I can find are for Dec 2004 when G-MOND had 71,713 hours. It's current Certificate of Airworthiness, if my source is correct, expires 13th May 2008. Will they keep it until the very end or will they sell it while there is still some life left?

They do look after their planes though and don't chop and change so much for which I respect them. I made a point of flying on their A300s a couple of years ago while they still have them. I very much enjoyed that and thought their operation was very professional.

Interesting post.


User currently offlineLotsamiles From United States of America, joined May 2005, 323 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

I believe these will be white, purple and orange with a large door on the side in the near future...

Regards,
Lotsamiles


User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5875 times:

Interesting to note that G-MOND, in the first picture, has different engines than the ones that propel her present day. She was delivered with RB211-535C engines, later refitted with -535E's.

User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4920 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5712 times:

I think their EDI charter base has been upgraded from an A320 to a B757 this summer


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 4):
I think their EDI charter base has been upgraded from an A320 to a B757 this summer

Indeed. I was also of the understanding that MON were looking for more 757s to replace/expand their current fleet



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User currently offlineLeigh pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5538 times:

Monarch will keep flying thoses 757's for a while longer

They are well maintained (engineering wise) and looked after well, they still do the same job they did 25 years ago when they were first introduced.

Just to give you some idea, G-MONB since its introduction has now achived 30,000 flight cycles which roughly means (a little statistc) that it has flown the equviellent of 80 return trips to the moon

Now that deservers a cheer to the whole of Monarch who have made that possible.

Although I look forward to the 787 deliverise, it will be sad to see the 757's go


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12466 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5503 times:

I was at LGW about two weeks ago (Tues, 13th), flying into LGW to catch a First Choice flight next morning; as we taxied in, we passed 'MONB - which is 757 LN15, delivered in March '83. For a 24 year old airplane, it looked pretty darn good.

I'm sure a lot of people will miss the 757s when they finally go. I don't think a date has been set, but I think you can always tell when an aircraft's days are numbered by when the replacement type is already in the fleet!

I would expect that the majority of MON crews have flown the '57 at some stage in their careers (although I have met one who didn't). It's a real pity we can't jump seat anymore, because that's one experience I'd love to have.


User currently offlineBY738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 4):

Or perhaps a downgrade -Monarch wish to use their newer Airbuses for their high profile scheduled routes leaving the 23 year old 757s for ever diminishing charter profile


User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5282 times:

Quoting Leigh pilgrim (Reply 6):
Although I look forward to the 787 deliverise, it will be sad to see the 757's go

As far as I am aware the 787's are to replacement order for the A300's, A330's and 767's in the fleet and will enable ZB to have one common type widebody in the fleet... A little like how ThomsonFly (AKA Britannia) had the one type wide body in their fleet - the 767.

Quoting BY738 (Reply 8):
Or perhaps a downgrade -Monarch wish to use their newer Airbuses for their high profile scheduled routes leaving the 23 year old 757s for ever diminishing charter profile

While Monarch have the 757, they will continue to fly the scheduled routes and regular swap the aircrafts around depending on demand... The 757 is common site on all of Monarch's scheduled services out of Luton.

Quoting Flynavy (Reply 3):
Interesting to note that G-MOND, in the first picture, has different engines than the ones that propel her present day. She was delivered with RB211-535C engines, later refitted with -535E's.

I have been through the photo's and appears G-MOND has been flying the RB211-535E's, since atleast 1986. Is there much difference in the engines - Performance wise?


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5251 times:

Quoting BY738 (Reply 8):
Or perhaps a downgrade -Monarch wish to use their newer Airbuses for their high profile scheduled routes leaving the 23 year old 757s for ever diminishing charter profile

It'd be an upgrade if MON had a base at GLA though, wouldn't it?



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User currently offlineJetset7E7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5216 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 9):
I have been through the photo's and appears G-MOND has been flying the RB211-535E's, since atleast 1986. Is there much difference in the engines - Performance wise?

According to airliners.net aircraft stats they have better power:
Two 166.4kN (37,400lb) RollsRoyce RB211-535C turbofans, or 178.8kN (40,200lb) RB211-535E4s, or 193.5kN (43,500lb) RB211-535E4-Bs.

A bit of an increase of power. I heard a rumour from one of the engineers at MAN, and he said G-MONB was used as a test aircraft for Boeing, and maybe the first to leave to fleet, no plans as to when this will be, but this has the highest number of hours and rotations to the others in the fleet.

Mark



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User currently offlineImiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5216 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 9):
I have been through the photo's and appears G-MOND has been flying the RB211-535E's, since atleast 1986. Is there much difference in the engines - Performance wise?

According to the RR website, the 535C model produces aroung 37,000Ibs of thrust compared to 40,000Ibs+ for the 535E models.

http://www.rolls-royce.com/civil_aer...ts/airlines/rb211535/technical.jsp


User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5202 times:

AFAIK, ZB are not planning to phase them out any time soon. Ther B787s will probably replace some of them, but there is no real alternative at the moment, or rather non that matches ZB's needs

User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5111 times:

I am not sure whether it is appropriate or not in this forum but when talking about Monarch Boeing 757s, I cannot fail to think about a late friend of mine.

A young man by the name of Blair Dyson, who died aged only 32 as the result of an ultra light crash in Northern Ireland in June 1999, had progressed very rapidly from instructing on Cessna 152, to piloting JEA Short SD3-60 / 146 and had just joined Monarch in the right seat on Boeing 757s.

I met him once after he had done a few flights with Monarch on the 757. He thought that the airline and the plane were great and his excitement about his new "job" was evident. He was full of life and I remember him describing the 757's magnificent initial rate of climb and the related climbout flight deck procedures (with actions!) and it was soon after that that I heard of the tragic end to his short life. He spent all of his time flying or talking about flying and desired to fly as many different types of plane as possible. He died when he went up for a flight with a man he knew in a newly purchased "Cubby P2" G-BVNA and mysteriously crashed close to the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. It was concluded that the light aircraft rolled almost inverted in turbulence coming off nearby cliffs and broke up in flight not having been designed or stressed for inverted flight.


User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5025 times:

Quoting BY738 (Reply 8):
Or perhaps a downgrade -Monarch wish to use their newer Airbuses for their high profile scheduled routes leaving the 23 year old 757s for ever diminishing charter profile

An increase from A320 to B752 is a downgrade?! Are you joking?!


User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4948 times:

Quoting Leigh pilgrim (Reply 6):
Just to give you some idea, G-MONB since its introduction has now achived 30,000 flight cycles which roughly means (a little statistc) that it has flown the equviellent of 80 return trips to the moon



Quoting Jetset7E7 (Reply 11):
I heard a rumour from one of the engineers at MAN, and he said G-MONB was used as a test aircraft for Boeing, and maybe the first to leave to fleet, no plans as to when this will be, but this has the highest number of hours and rotations to the others in the fleet.

I flew Gatwick-Athens return on G-MONB on October 15 1995 as a cockpit guest of the co-pilot. There were many interesting aspects of the flight, outbound over parts of the former Yugoslavia and Macedonia, back over Italy but in respect of this thread and the above quotes I can confirm that, at that time, the aircraft was the high time B757 in terms of both cycles and hours. The cockpit had a small rack housing a number of boxes which contained equipment marked as Boeing property which, when I asked, was explained as "computer gear which is measuring spar and torsion box stresses". The crew had no input to reset the equipment but had to ensure it was running by checking lights as part of the pre-take off checks.


User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4907 times:

Don't think they will be going anywhere any time soon. As many have stated, Monarch have looked after these aircraft very well, they are a credit to Monarch Engineering.

If I remember correctly, a couple of years ago Monarch operated both the highest time and highest cycles 757s (different aircraft). When G-MONC had the hard landing in Girbralter which caused airframe damage, a few years back I believe Boeing were very interested in it, with it being such an early aircraft.

They must still have a few years in them yet, they still do a great job for Monarch, and as long as operating them is economically viable they'll continue to wear purple and gold.

Quoting Flynavy (Reply 3):
Interesting to note that G-MOND, in the first picture, has different engines than the ones that propel her present day. She was delivered with RB211-535C engines, later refitted with -535E's.

I imagine any of the big cargo operators would love to have these aircraft, 1 very caring previous owner.


User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

Quoting Jmc757 (Reply 17):
they are a credit to Monarch Engineering

Also a very good point, I rate Monarch's engineering team as one of the best in the country

Quoting Jmc757 (Reply 17):
They must still have a few years in them yet, they still do a great job for Monarch, and as long as operating them is economically viable they'll continue to wear purple and gold

 checkmark . Its the same with all the UK charter carriers, I think the 757 will be in our airspace in those colours for manyb years to come, and I like that thought


User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

Quoting Jmc757 (Reply 17):
If I remember correctly, a couple of years ago Monarch operated both the highest time and highest cycles 757s (different aircraft)



Quoting Philb (Reply 16):
I can confirm that, at that time, the aircraft was the high time B757 in terms of both cycles and hours.

I was surprised at the time that one aircraft had both highest time and highest cyles together but, at least in October 1995, that was the case which was particularly interesting when compared to similar age BA 757s which had years of "Shuttle Bashing" behind them.

Does anyone know which 757 now has the highest time and which has the highest # of cycles?


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

Quoting Philb (Reply 19):
Does anyone know which 757 now has the highest time and which has the highest # of cycles?

The information on the CAA site is a little old perhaps but gives you an idea of where each aircraft is up to. MONB is in the lead as of 2005 with MONK having the least hours.

I did have a link posted here but the CAA website doesn't allow search results to be posted.

If however you're talking about the B757 in general, I'm not sure.



[Edited 2007-02-25 14:16:18]


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User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

Thanks Myt332 - I already had that info, thus my question. Not sure when the CAA update the hours info on longstanding aircraft that don't change reg or owner.

I suspect that G-MONB is the high time 757 worldwide but can anyone confirm this with figures later than December 2005 when MONB had 77,319 hours and which has the highest # of cycles?


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

Quoting Philb (Reply 21):
Thanks Myt332 - I already had that info, thus my question

I thought as much thus why I added the last part, good job I re-read your post. After I'd gone through the hassle of looking up the info though I owed it to myself to post it!

Does the FAA post any info regarding aircraft hours? I'm thinking maybe not, as I can't find anything but I'm wondering what N917UW is packing these days? She was the 4th built B757. G-JALC was the 5th built and ended her days with MyTravel. When she left though, she only had approximately 60k hours which isn't close to touching MONB.



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User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

Quoting Philb (Reply 19):
I was surprised at the time that one aircraft had both highest time and highest cyles together but, at least in October 1995, that was the case which was particularly interesting when compared to similar age BA 757s which had years of "Shuttle Bashing" behind them.

oooops feel stupid now didn't read your post properly before I posted! I was told it was different aircraft, but that was only a few years ago.

Quoting Philb (Reply 19):
Does anyone know which 757 now has the highest time and which has the highest # of cycles?

I would imagine Monarch can still claim the highest cycle machine, not much has changed in respect to they are still very highly utilised on Monarch's flying programme, so probably still clocking the cyles nicely. Not sure whether they would still have the highest time?


User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

I'd guess MONB will now have around 80,000 hours and can't think of any active 757 being ahead.

25 Holidaycharter : Yes thats alot of hours Monarch have looked after her well and is a credit to the company she still looks as good and performes as well as she did whe
26 Gkirk : Trolling Stuart, he isn't a certain Mr Scotland is HE?
27 Ryanair737 : MONC and MOND were in fine condition when I flew them last year, nice machines for their age. Monarch's 75s fit into the charter programme in the summ
28 Jetset7E7 : The A300's are work horses, but when they tech they are a nightmare, it backlogs everything else up especially when they do GOI via BAH, can be stuck
29 N1120A : Every 757 has been upgraded to or delivered with E engines at this point.
30 Lotsamiles : Are you referring to the Monarch fleet only? There are still quite a few C powered 757's in service, most of which are with EAT or DHL Air.
31 N1120A : Interesting. I was under the impression that all the C powered aircraft had been converted and all the ones past a certain time had been delivered as
32 YVRLTN : I flew on one of these STN - BGR - BGI, that was in 1990 and I was just getting into planes. We were allowed into the cockpit back then and as a 9 yea
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