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Monarch keeps options open. (British independent charter airline)

Monarch keeps options open

Monarch Airlines, the British independent charter operator based here with a fleet of four Boeing 737s and four Boeing 757s, has some important fleet re-equipment decisions looming with the approach of 1986, centering around the former type of aircraft. Alan Snudden, Monarch's managing director, was recently in Seattle talking to Boeing, but it is by no means certain that the airline will stay in that camp. "We have been having discussions with Airbus,' he told ATW, and we have been looking at the A320. There are major benefits for us in keeping up with technology improvements--as we have found with the 757.'

Monarch is a cautious and low-profile airline, but its management is prepared to go out on a limb when it comes to ordering new aircraft, a fact which was proved in 1979 when it followed Eastern and British Airways with a contract for three 757s, at that time still unproved. "It was,' said Snudden, "a particularly bold decision as, at the time, this was no more than a paper aircraft.' The bold decision was shortly followed by another one, the choice of the Rolls-Royce RB211-535C to be retrofitted, as soon as it had been developed, with the E4 version of that same powerplant.

E4 work completed

This work has just been completed here at this writing by Monarch Airlines' sister company Monarch Engineering. …

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