The UK charter an low-cost carrier Monarch has announced, that it consider to order 45 new narrow body jets. It is to expect, that the airline will prefer the Airbus A320neo, but it stated, that it also is interested in the Boeing 737MAX. The decision will take place in the next months, because the airline want´s to order in late 2013. The first aircrafts are scheduled to be delivered in 2021.
Monarch is currently undergoing a transformations of it´s business model. The carrier has increased it´s scheduled network rapidly in the recent years while reducing capacity in the charter market. In 2005, the airline carried around 2.6 million passengers on scheduled routes and 2.8 million passengers on charter flights. In 2011 Monarch already transported more than 4.5 million passengers on scheduled routes but just 1.4 million passengers on charter flights. In total, Monarch carried nearly 6 million passengers in 2011. The scheduled low-cost are expected to be increased further.
Currently Monarch fleet consists of seven Airbus A320, 16 Airbus A321 and three Boeing 757. On long-haul flights the airline using their two Airbus A330-200 and four Airbus A300-600. The Airbus A300 and Boeing 757 is to be retired by 2014. Originally, the A300 was planned to been replaced by new Boeing 787, but Monarch has recently cancelled this orders. Further Airbus A320 and A321 will be set in service in 2013. Scheduled flights and as well charter operations of Monarch are currently focussed on routes between UK airports and holiday destinations. Domestic flights or business routes are not offered.