Monarch Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 737-800 aircraft

British carrier Monarch Airlines has received their first Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The single aisle twin jet will be used for crew familiarisation flights before the airline’s fleet of 737 MAX aircraft arrive in 2018.

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TC-AAY arriving at Birmingham ©Ian Bowley

Boeing 737-82R(WL) TC-AAY (MSN 40874) arrived at Birmingham Airport (BHX/EGBB) at 8:57 AM on the 18th of May, after a 3 hour 31 minute delivery flight from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW/LTFJ).

The aircraft is leased from Pegasus Airlines and will be based at Birmingham for the Summer 2017 season. She will soon be re-registered as G-ZBAV before carrying out crew familiarisation flights with the airline, to allow a smooth transition from Airbus A320s to Boeing 737s.

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Monarch 737 MAX 8 ©Monarch Blog

Monarch Airlines finalized an order for 30 737 MAX 8s, worth more than $3.2 billion The order was originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2016, when Monarch selected Boeing as its preferred bidder for fleet replacement. It includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.

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