Review of Monarch Airlines flight London Funchal in Economy

Airline Monarch Airlines
Flight ZB746
Class Economy
Seat 15F
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 02:30
Take-off 26 Jun 15, 12:45
Arrival at 26 Jun 15, 15:15
ZB 6 reviews
Jett Tyler
By GOLD 3199
Published on 21st June 2015
This is my Flight Report on Monarch Airlines.

photo Monarch Airlines A321

Monarch Airlines (for those who don't know) is a charter holiday airline formed in 1968. It's fleet comprises of Airbus A320 & A321 with an order for 30 Boeing 737-8MAX to replace its current Airbus A320/A321 fleet. They are going through a restructure to become a low cost airline specifically targeting the holiday destinations, there isn't a lot for them to change though, most of their current operating methods are similar to an L.C.C.

photo Monarch A321

I have flown Monarch previously from Luton to Gibraltar & back on an Airbus A320. This time is from Gatwick to Madeira on an Airbus A321. This is a family holiday, unlike the last flight reports I have done.

I arrived about 10am at London Gatwick and we checked in and went through security pretty quickly.



I spent most of my time waiting spotting from the Gates in the South Terminal. I did about 3 hours worth. Getting an extra hour in as my flight was about an hour behind schedule due to problems at Barcelona (the previous service it was doing to mine).



The plane I was to fly on-board today was Airbus A321 G-OZBU. A former GB Airways & easyJet example.

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Our flight pushed back on time and we taxied to the runway and departed in around 15 minutes. The weather was brilliant when we left London Gatwick.




The flight was pretty uneventful. For the meal service, Monarch provided a Chicken with leek sauce meal with carrots and potatoes and in the side box was a bread roll with lurpack butter, crackers & cheese and you could get either a tea or coffee free with the meal. I later paid to have a pepsi cola for later on in the flight, which was about 3 1/2 hours long.

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The flight began to descend into Madeira Funchal about 30 minutes from our arrival time. After we passed through a layer of cloud, I could see the island and the airport. With about 1/4 of the runway on concrete stilts over the North Atlantic. It looked like we were going to try landing on an aircraft carrier.

photo Madeira Bridgephoto Madeira Funchalphoto Madeira Runway

We landed at Madeira Funchal. It was like flying into London City (See my CityJet report) and Gibraltar. Extremely fun and the pilots really added more than normal effort to slow the plane. We taxied around to our stand. Sitting around us were three Boeing 737-800.

photo Madeira Traffic

Jet2.com Boeing 737-800 from Manchester.
Transavia France Boeing 737-800 from Lyon, via Porto.
JetairFly Boeing 737-800 from Brussels.

Before I got off the plane, I went and visited the flight deck, having a short chat with the pilots before leaving for my week in Madeira.

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We got a bus to our Hotel, the ENOTEL Lido. On the way I got some images of the scenery around the Island.



Thank you for reading and my return flight will be up soon with some images from my spotting trip to the Airport. Bellow is a link to my Youtube video of the review:

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Verdict

Monarch Airlines

7.4/10
Cabin9.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi1.5
Buy-on-board menu8.5

London - LGW

9.9/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.5
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Funchal - FNC

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Monarch Airlines were brilliant as they were in February 2014. I didn't mind the hour long delay as it gave me extra spotting time at London Gatwick.

Madeira Funchal was really impressive. The Terminal was spotless, it had a small museum about the airport and there was a free viewing deck to watch planes from. It was divided into two so people land and air side could watch.

Over all a brilliant flight. I would recommend Monarch Airlines to anyone going on holiday.

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