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gilesdavies
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Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:02 pm

Not sure if this is of any interest to anyone...

Monarch are retiring their final A300 after 24 years, on the 13th April 2014. On this day Monarch are offering an "Enthusiast" day flight from LGW to BHX.

If anyone is interested click on the link below:
http://blog.monarch.co.uk/tickets-av...monarch-airlines-airbus-a300-605r/

I am a bit disappointed as at the time Monarch Airlines were talking about integrating the flight with a walk around their new Hangars at BHX, but seems to be purely the flight now that is on offer.

Passengers will also be responsible for getting to Gatwick and travelling home from Birmingham.

If you don't reserve a specific seat and get allocated one at check-in, the tickets are only £44.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:23 pm

Already bought my ticket. Costs £99 with a window seat. Selling out fast!
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:43 pm

Definitely considering buying a ticket tonight! This will be a great opportunaty to catch the A300.

Wish them luck on selling their in-flight meals though.

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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:44 pm

What will they do with their final A300 after this flight (excuse me, surely this has been reported somewhere else but I didn't see it)?
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:47 pm

For those that haven't been on this type, this is a bit of a must.
I did IBZ-LGW on one many years ago, Monarch's single class charter configuration really is an air bus.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:52 pm

In an email they mention the aircraft going to the US after its flight to BHX, but did not say what its fate will be beyond that.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:55 pm

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 2):
Wish them luck on selling their in-flight meals though.

They probably priced it that way so people don't consider buying food as there's pretty much no time to serve it and eat it  
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:25 pm

Quoting DAL763ER (Reply 6):

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 2):
Wish them luck on selling their in-flight meals though.

They probably priced it that way so people don't consider buying food as there's pretty much no time to serve it and eat it

Sod the food, just buy 18 bottles of Champagne for the same money and have the best flight ever!      
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:05 pm

Well, I'm in for 99 GBP. I wonder if Biman will line up their final DC-10 flights out of BHX to coincide with the last A300 flights. Birmingham would be flooded with airplane geeks for the weekend...
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:16 pm

Email from Monarch, to people who registered an earlier interest in taking up the final flight on an A300.

This was posted by someone on another email.


Thank you very much for your patience in waiting for information regarding a farewell flight on the Monarch Airlines A300. Please see the foot of this e-mail for booking instructions, and the attached document for full details of the event.

Monarch Airlines have taken the decision to keep the Airbus A300 in service until Sunday 13th April 2014, two weeks longer than originally planned. As a result of this, a Birmingham – Birmingham sightseeing flight, or even a series of sightseeing flights will not be possible due to the tight timescales in preparing the aircraft for its departure to the United States.

The decision has been taken to offer seats for sale on a flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Birmingham International Airport on Sunday 13th April 2014. This will be the very last commercial service operated by a Monarch Airlines Airbus A300-605R. Every seat will be available for purchase on this flight, meaning close to 350 enthusiasts arriving at Birmingham at one time. As a result, the decision has been taken that a hangar tour cannot be accommodated for such a large number of visitors, especially on a Sunday.

The flight is currently scheduled for 1 hour in duration, but we are currently investigating opportunities to extend this to as long as 2hrs either with additional air time, or a touch and go at another airport, at no extra cost to you. Additionally, we are looking in to adding more content to the flight to provide further value for money to you. If and when we are able to confirm this, we will let those that have booked a seat know, via e-mail.

While we acknowledge that you will be arriving in to a different airport than you depart from, Monarch Airlines cannot accept responsibility for returning you to London Gatwick. You will need to make your own travel arrangements. Both Gatwick Airport, and Birmingham Airport are well served by both rail and coach services.

Booking information

BOOKINGS WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE UNTIL 9AM (GMT) TOMORROW, FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER 2013

Booking will be possible by either of the following mediums;

Monarch Airlines website:
Please click on the link below to take you to the booking page. If you have any problems at all, please try entering the route London Gatwick > Birmingham and type in the date manually as follows – 13.04.2014. This should then allow you to book.

(Avro link is dead)

Due to the unusual nature of this operation, we have had to make special changes to the website booking processes in order to allow online bookings for this flight. Please be patient with the website.

Monarch Airlines call centre:
If you have any trouble with the website, or would prefer not to use it, bookings can be made via the Monarch Airlines call centre. You will be charged for these calls. The telephone numbers are shown below;
If calling from the UK: 08719 40 50 40
If calling from Overseas: 0044 8719 40 50 40

For those of you booking via the call centre, I have created a basic seat map for you to have a look at that may help you choose which seats you are looking for, please see the attached excel document.

If you have any questions or queries regarding booking seats on this flight, please do not hesitate to e-mail me and I will respond to you promptly.

I very much look forward to seeing you on board the flight in April.

Kind Regards

Toby
Monarch Airlines
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:36 pm

Quoting vxracing16 (Reply 1):
Already bought my ticket. Costs £99 with a window seat. Selling out fast!

Think I got the last window seat  
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:50 pm

Hi All,

Just had the following note from the Monarch organisers of the flights;

"Seats for the Monarch Airlines A300 Farewell flight were put on sale this morning at 9am. Seats are selling quickly but a few still remain.

Due to a technical problem with the Monarch Airlines website that meant that pricing was being displayed incorrectly, the decision has been made to take the flight off of the website, so that bookings can now only be made by telephone.

Details for booking via the Monarch Airlines contact centre are shown below;

Monarch Airlines contact centre:
If calling from the UK: 08719 40 50 40
If calling from Overseas: 0044 8719 40 50 40

Calls cost 10p per minute, plus network extras.

The contact centre is open at the following times;

Mon-Fri 08:00 - 19:00
Sat-Sun 09:00 - 17:30
Christmas & New Year
24th Dec - 08:00 - 15:00 (UK time)
25th Dec – Closed
26th Dec - 09:00 - 16:00
27th, 28th & 29th Dec - 09:00 - 17:30
31st Dec - 09:00 - 15:00
1st Jan - 10:00 - 16:00


It appears there were problems with the website misquoting prices.
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:37 pm

I've booked too but didn't reserve a seat. Without high jacking the thread what are the options for photography in lgw without a car? Last time I was spotting in lgw the balcony was still open. God I feel old!
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:57 pm

I'm booked up as well, really looking forward to this. A huge thanks to Toby and Monarch for putting this together - awesome work!

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 2):
Wish them luck on selling their in-flight meals though.

I hope it's freshly cooked on board by a world class chef for that price!


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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:46 pm

Got my ticket booked at lunchtime 18A.


KPWMspotter

The last Biman DC10 flight was scheduled for February AFAIK.

Sabaair707

You might try the platform at BR Gatwick.

They is also a foot bridge between there and the runway.

Plymspotter

That meal does look a bit overpriced, however I understand that there were some website issues today.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:49 pm

LGW spotting is easy from airside or along the undershoot for 26L along the under terminal road.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:55 pm

Thanks Skipness1E.

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 15):
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:47 pm

This is the same tired old question of years gone by; but can anybody tell me which routes the A300 will be flying from LGW up until April? I think I'd rather get on a normal commercial flight if possible.

Thanks!
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:26 pm

BHX doing pretty well for final flights, it seems!

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 13):
I'm booked up as well, really looking forward to this. A huge thanks to Toby and Monarch for putting this together - awesome work!

I probably won't be on the flight but (weather permitting) I may be in the country park at the end of the runway. Decent views and so easy to get to (Marston Green station, one stop away from Birmingham International).
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:28 pm

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Very sad to see them go, I think it is safe to say... they served them well!
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:30 pm

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 8):
Well, I'm in for 99 GBP. I wonder if Biman will line up their final DC-10 flights out of BHX to coincide with the last A300 flights. Birmingham would be flooded with airplane geeks for the weekend...

  well, in that case, I would take the Mad Dog...... just for the Flair of the interior!
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:16 am

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 17):
This is the same tired old question of years gone by; but can anybody tell me which routes the A300 will be flying from LGW up until April? I think I'd rather get on a normal commercial flight if possible.

Snap! Might give it a go when I am back mid-March.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:46 am

Quoting gilesdavies (Reply 9):
Monarch Airlines have taken the decision to keep the Airbus A300 in service until Sunday 13th April 2014, two weeks longer than originally planned. As a result of this, a Birmingham – Birmingham sightseeing flight, or even a series of sightseeing flights will not be possible due to the tight timescales in preparing the aircraft for its departure to the United States.

Possibly SFB? Several aircrafts scrapped here include A300s including another DHL bird just flown in this week.


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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:08 am

I flew on a MON A300 in October from MAN - PMI - MAN, with a couple of mates. I'd booked us onto these particular flights knowingly, I didn't tell them why, nor how thrilled I was!  
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:04 am

Plainplane

That A300 image says that it is in 2010.

Do you mean another DHL A300?.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:07 am

It seems like forever since SAA got rid of their A300s, I think the first one arrived when I was still at school in 1976.

I flew on SAA's A300s many times, as well as LH a couple of times and AA JFK-LHR.

SAA had B2K, B4 and C4 versions. It was the workhorse of the domestic fleet with the 732 and also did regional services to MRU, NBO and other destinations in Africa.

My wife was a flight attendant for a while and she said that the A300 was her favourite to work. One of the fleet, ZS-SDD was known as "double disaster" as she was apparently a bit of a hangar queen.

It was a sad day for me when they were retired, you guys must enjoy your flight!
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:20 am

OO-DLY was sold to PLO - Pyramid Leasing in 2009.

It was reg on 4/12/2009 as N116PY, (which expired on 30/06/2013).

There is an image on jetphotos dated 29/04/2011, still in one piece.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:53 am

Can anyone advise which routes Monarch are operating the A300 on over winter? Unfortunately, this final flight doesn't work for me.

Thanks
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:23 pm

Considering I logged a ZB A300 from MAN-PMI a few months ago I am going to wait until the last Biman DC-10 flight, however, the last Monarch enthusiast day I was on was very very good and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:46 pm

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 27):

Can anyone advise which routes Monarch are operating the A300 on over winter? Unfortunately, this final flight doesn't work for me.

Thanks
ThomasCook

The A300's are operating very strange flight patterns at the moment. Just the other day JS operated the BHX-FCO due to a tech issue on a A320. I know for sure they are operating the BJL and possibly a few GNB and KTT. Through the winter they are mainly used on charter flights.

For any A300 fans out there here are the nicknames for our A300's at ZB;

G-MONR - Never Runs
G-MONS - Never Starts
G-MAJS - Jump Start
G-OJMR - Might Run

Fair to say the A300's do have there fair share of tech issues however they will be missed by the crew.

Also when retired the A300's are being ferried to TUP in the US to be parted out. They will join NR, NS, NX and BB in the desert.

[Edited 2013-12-21 07:48:05]
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:59 pm

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 17):

After the 2nd week in January they are scheduled to fly charter routes only. Between now and then it's TFS and ACE I believe but as most are for the Xmas rush I think most are already full.
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:51 pm

Well that's an example but another DHL one was just flown in a few days ago. Various carriers have sold their Airbuses to be scrapped at SFB for a while now, I'm wondering if ZB is planning the same.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:21 pm

I have just got my ticket the agent I spoke to said that the flight had been selling rather quickly and after 4 days of sales they have already sold 2/3rd's of the capacity of the flight!

Should be a great trip!
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:30 pm

I have my Tickets for me and my buddy who lives in Luton.... Looking forward to meeting other a.nutters we decided to take luck of the draw on seat assignments    .....see you all then! Anyone have a ride back towards LTN?   

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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:24 am

Quoting foxecho (Reply 33):
Anyone have a ride back towards LTN?

Afraid I can't help, but I would suggest getting a Virgin Train from BHX to Milton Keynes Central, and you can can get from Milton Keynes a Virgin/Stagecoach bus that runs to Luton Airport and departs hourly.
 
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RE: Monarch Selling Tickets For Final A300 Flight

Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:20 am

Quoting gilesdavies (Reply 34):
Afraid I can't help, but I would suggest getting a Virgin Train from BHX to Milton Keynes Central, and you can can get from Milton Keynes a Virgin/Stagecoach bus that runs to Luton Airport and departs hourly.

I never took the bus in my time there, but I think you might need to take a bus between the train station and the bus station.

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