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Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:36 am

I was at IAD this evening picking up a friend, and right after BA293 arrived, the next arrival was a 757 in Monarch livery, no titles, and a tail logo that looked similar to, but was not, the NATO logo. My apologies- I couldn't get the reg. #. It appeared to taxi over to the C/D terminal area, where I lost sight of it. Does anyone know what the story is with this plane? Thanks.

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:41 am

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:58 am

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 1):
Came in from LTN...

Hmm... interesting- thanks.

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:10 am

Yes there is Monarch 757 at IAD. It arrived at 6:00pm on runway 1L. It has some special titles - I'm hoping to get it tomorrow.

On the side note, Icelandair 757 arrived at IAD at 4pm, and Dallas Maverick 757 at 5pm. Lotsa 757s at IAD today.

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:11 pm

Quoting Lindy (Reply 3):
It arrived at 6:00pm on runway 1L

Yeah- I know- I'm bummed- I had been in the Daily 2 garage until about 3 min. before, so I only saw it from the main terminal- otherwise I might have had a shot at getting the reg.

Good luck getting it.

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:28 pm

Starquest Exhibitions titles on it, i believe it was G-MONE not too sure, was working at Luton when it departed yesterday

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:07 am

It seems Monarch are now operating flights on behalf of Starquest Expeditions. I've no idea whether this replaces the Icelandair aircraft, or is in addition to it...

Here's the Icelandair aircraft;

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There is an image of a Monarch aircraft (albeit an A321!!!) with Starquest Logo on their website here

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:12 am

Crosswind-
Yep, that was the tail logo I saw- but I didn't see any titles on the aircraft, like in the photo.

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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sun Mar 19, 2006 8:19 am

It came in from LTN...why don't more carriers operate transatlantic service from LTN? Is there some regulation?
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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sun Mar 19, 2006 8:27 am

From what I gather, Starquest Expeditions ( www.starquestexpeditions.com ) do super luxury tours to exotic destinations or round the world trips by what they call "private jet".

Does that mean that the Monarch/Icelandair aircraft have reconfigured interiors with say 50-70 Business class seats?
 
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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:51 am

Don't Starquest normally use a First Choice Airways B767 configured to 50-70 seats for RTW trips? I think they have done in the past.
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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:37 am

hello,
The aircraft monarch are operating on behalf of starquest expeditions is G-monj and has been reconfigured to a 90 seat 1st class lay out.
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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:36 am

Quoting Worldjet777 (Reply 8):
It came in from LTN...why don't more carriers operate transatlantic service from LTN? Is there some regulation

Runway length can be a problem if you want to run anything bigger than a lightly loaded 757
 
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RE: Strange Monarch 757 @ IAD

Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:35 am

Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 10):
Don't Starquest normally use a First Choice Airways B767 configured to 50-70 seats for RTW trips? I think they have done in the past.

Most of First Choice Airways VIP flights on the 757 fleet are onbehalf of TCS Expeditions, a company the airline has been working with for over 10 yeas.

Earlier this year First Choice announced the purchase of Grand Expeditions - the parent company of TCS Expeditions - so these companies are about to become part of the First Choice group.

The Air 2000 flights for TCS Expeditions in the days of the red and gold livery. When the "tapestry" scheme was introduced it was considered too bright for the upmarket TCS flights and so a more toned-down scheme was introduced just for aircraft operating the TCS fligts.

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Now aircraft operating in the VIP config operate in standard livery, but with TCS Expeditions titles on the port-side only when flying for TCS. For all other VIP customers the aircraft wear full First Choice Airways livery unless the customer requests their own titles. As well as TCS, the airline also works with major companies such as sports teams, car manufacturers and film studios who use the all-First Class config 757s.

Here are a few recent photos of G-OOBA and G-OOOX operating in VIP configuration...

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