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!?
Photo © Sarah Ward
Photo © Jordi Grife - Iberian Spotters
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!