Monarch Aircraft Engineering LTD. Becomes Standalone Company After Airline Closes

Monarch Aircraft Engineering LTD. Becomes Standalone Company After Airline Closes

Monarch Aircraft Engineering LTD. Becomes Standalone Company After Airline Closes

In early October, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) became a standalone business, operating as normal, as Monarch Airlines and Monarch Travel Group enter Administration, a process similar to bankruptcy protection in the U. S.

MAEL employs over 730 staff at six locations in the UK and four overseas. The company has hangars at Birmingham and London Luton airports, and line maintenance stations at London Gatwick, London Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh, Nice, Malaga, Warsaw and Kiev. 

Monarch Airlines was a significant customer for MAEL but its focus is now on servicing its other existing clients and securing new contracts. In the last several weeks MAEL has won a significant new contracts from Virgin Atlantic Airlines and others.

MAEL will carry out C1 checks for Virgin’s Boeing 787-9 fleet between 2017 and 2021. That maintenance work will be carried out at its state of the art facility at Birmingham Airport. The company recently signed a line maintenance agreement with China Airlines. The flag carrier is a new customer for MAEL who will carry out line maintenance work when China Airlines begin their London Gatwick service in December 2017. MAEL has also signed a new base maintenance agreement with Icelandair. The airline is a new base maintenance customer for MAEL who will carry out C-checks for Icelandair’s Boeing 757 cargo aircraft. This work will be done at their Luton Airport hangar and begins the end of October 2017.

Additionally, earlier this year, MAEL announced a joint venture partnership with Boeing Global Services (formerly Boeing GoldCare). The two companies are collaborating on securing additional third-party fleet servicing agreements, capitalizing on Boeing’s strength and reach within the industry and the expertise of MAEL.

“MAEL has always been a standalone business within the Monarch Group, holding its own cash, employees and property,” says Chris Dare, managing director at MAEL. “Despite what has happened at Monarch Airlines and Monarch Tour Group, MAEL continues to trade as normal with renewed focus on servicing our existing clients and winning new contracts. It’s business as usual – offering world-class engineering services to customers in Europe and around the world, in conjunction with our partner Boeing Global Services, following the recent partnership agreement. Our expanding customer base at Birmingham is testament to our efficient, reliable and high quality base maintenance team. As a new customer we look forward to welcoming 17 of Virgin’s Boeing 787 aircraft into our Birmingham hangar over the next four years.”

Monarch MRO Adds 737 MAX 8 to Portfolio

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL)  has been given approval to add the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to its MRO capability.

The new aircraft type has been added to the EASA Part 145 approval, allowing MAEL to provide line maintenance support for the Boeing 737 MAX 8. Initial services will be offered at Edinburgh Airport, supporting operators as part of the Boeing Global Fleet Care Program, formerly known as GoldCare. During Paris Airshow, Boeing and Monarch announced an order for 15 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, a Global Fleet Care service agreement and an MRO supply agreement.

David Doherty, head of commercial at MAEL said: “Adding the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to our Part 145 certificate is not only strategic to our relationship with Boeing but expands our airframe capabilities and shows our commitment to support third party customers operating the next generation of aircraft.”

Monarch Announces Training Programs for ME Engineers

At MRO Middle East Monarch Aircraft Engineering stated that it will launch a series of training programs for Middle East airlines to train their engineers on the new Airbus A320 NEO and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft families.

The courses, which commence in July 2017, will be CAR 147 approved and be run by the Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy. Courses will be run at Monarch’s academy in Luton, UK or at the airline’s own site.

The Academy already runs a number of GCAA-approved aircraft type courses for Boeing 787, Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 family and delivers this to airlines including some based in Dubai and Sharjah.

Chris Dare, managing director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, said: “With over 400 MAX and NEO aircraft on order from airlines across the region, we believe there is considerable potential for future growth in the Middle East.