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Background & History

For more than 50 years we’ve continuously evolved our aviation and travel brands to meet changing industry and customer needs.

Our unified businesses work closely together to maximise value and to ensure that our divisions continue to deliver a high-quality customer proposition.

Monarch is one of the leading European scheduled leisure airlines flying from five UK bases. It's fleet provides an annual capacity of some seven million seats to some of Europes best beach, city & ski destinations.

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History - Key Dates

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1910

Globus Founded by Antonio Mantegazza

Our journey began more than 85 years ago when a young man purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Who could have possibly imagined that act would create one of the world's leading travel companies?

Today, the Globus family of brands is a global company reaching every corner of the world, yet remains family-owned and steeped in the values Antonio had when he set out across Lake Lugano—to enlighten travelers by showing them the very best of the destinations we know so well.

The Globus family of brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 offices around the world

Serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals

Combined, Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways carried over 500,000 passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of guided vacations worldwide.

The 60's

60S

The 1960's saw the growth of package holidays to Spanish Costas

1961

Cosmos Holidays was born


1967

Aircraft Engineering Ltd was launched


1968

Monarch Airlines was formed & we opened hangar facility at Luton Airport

The 70's

70S

1970

Monarch Airlines becomes an all-jet fleet


1971

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) entered jet aircraft maintenance


1979

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) opened line maintenance facility at Manchester Airport

Cosmos added flights from Manchester and Birmingham and increases rage of destinations to include Greece, Portugal and Yugoslavia

Children's Clubs were launched

The 80's

80S

1980

Airline Engineering changes its name to Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited & Monarch Aircraft Engineering expands its UK footprint


1981

Opened line maintenance facility at Gatwick Airport


1984

Opened hangar facility at Luton Airport


1988

Opened hangar facility at Luton Airport

Monarch Airlines carries 1 million passengers annually

Monarch Airlines is the first charter airline worldwide to order next-generation Boeing 757 aircraft

Monarch Airlines launches scheduled services, Monarch Crown Service

Cosmos becomes first mainstream tour operator to introduce all-inclusive European holidays

The 90's

90S

1990

Opened line maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport


1991

Acquired Avro


1992

Archers Direct Bought


1996

Opened hangar facility at Manchester Airport

The 00's

00S

2000

Monarch Aircraft Engineering expands into Europe


2001

Monarch Aircraft Engineering opened line maintenance facilities in Spain and Canaries


2003

Somewhere2stay launched on website


2006

Cosmos Holidays & Tourama Merged


2007

Opened logistics centre at Luton Airport


2008

Monarch Holidays & Hotels Launched + Opened line maintenance facility in Kiev, Ukraine

The 2010's

10S

2010

Monarch Aircraft Engineering awarded Boeing 787 Dreamliner GoldCare


2011

Cosmos celebrates it's 50th Birthday

Monarch Aircraft Engineering ranked 9th in the top 10 MRO's in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East - Airline Economics


2012

Cosmos had a face lift

Monarch Aircraft Engineering opened line maintenance facility in Warsaw, Poland

Monarch Aircraft Engineering supported first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Monarch Airlines offers capacity for eight million passengers in 2012/13 and strengthens scheduled services


2013

Opened Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy at Luton Airport

Monarch Aircraft Engineering secured maintenance approvals on Boeing 737NG, Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E-Jet series

Monarch Aircraft Engineering added Boeing 787 Dreamliner training capability

Monarch Aircraft Engineering secured GCAA Part 21 approval

Monarch Aircraft Engineering opened hangar facility at Birmingham Airport


2014

Monarch Aircraft Engineering secured GCAA Part 147 approval

Airline names Boeing as preferred supplier for new narrow body fleet

Monarch Aircraft Engineering ranked 3rd in the top 10 MRO's globally - Airline Economics

Monarch confirms order for 30 Beoing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

At 09.34 PM on the 24th of October following a restructure of the Group, Monarch was acquired by Greybull Capital LLP


2015

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) Contracted by Boeing at their facility in Copenhagen to provide GoldCare

The group consolidate all travel brands under Monarch

Following restructure and sale of company in 2014, Monarch returns to profit