Basingstoke, UT (PressExposure) August 01, 2009 -- Eight members of staff from Monarch Aircraft Engineering will be getting their heads in the clouds this summer by taking to the skies as cabin crew for Monarch Airlines.
Six engineering apprentices, Michael Gepp, Rhys Jones, Liam Eeles, Phil Harding, Daniel Wiggins and Alistair Reid, based at London Luton Airport, have traded in their socket sets for safety demonstrations as part of an innovative new training programme designed to expose them to all aspects of the Monarch operation.
In addition, Chris Holt (45) and Ashley Sandford (29), both highly-qualified aircraft technicians based at Monarch's engineering facility at Manchester Airport, will be experiencing life in the skies after applying for a secondment to work on Monarch's scheduled and charter flights this summer.
Both groups successfully completed their cabin service training in July and, having earned their wings, will be operating on Monarch's scheduled and charter flights until 31st October 2009.
Richard Mintern, Managing Director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, commented: "We hope that all our apprentices and engineers will be given the opportunity to experience life as a cabin crew member during their career with Monarch. This will broaden their understanding of how the airline and engineering divisions interact with each other, providing them with a comprehensive appreciation of the workings of an airline and its support and maintenance systems."
Also commenting, Monarch Airlines Managing Director Tim Jeans said: "A close working relationship with our engineering colleagues is vital to our success, and having engineers with first-hand flying experience will be invaluable. In completing this programme the engineers will see how first-class engineering support translates into punctual services for our customers, and demonstrate that the extremely high standards they are expected to achieve as engineers are replicated by their colleagues operating our flights."
Monarch Airlines operates scheduled and charter flights from a number of UK airports, including Manchester, Birmingham, London Luton, and London Gatwick. Scheduled flights operate to destinations throughout Portugal, Cyprus, Spain and Gibraltar, whilst charter services operate worldwide. In addition to flights, Monarch also now offers a huge range of great value Holidays and accommodation options which can all be booked via a one-stop-shop, monarch.co.uk. These include Greece holidays, Tenerife holidays, Caribbean holidays and many more amazing destinations.
Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd provides maintenance and technical support to airlines of all sizes, helping them to meet the challenges of today's demanding and cost-driven marketplace. Employing over 800 staff, the company has two Base Maintenance facilities at London Luton Airport and Manchester Airport, eleven permanent Line Stations based at airports in the UK, Europe and Asia as well as three seasonal Line Stations in Europe and Asia.
For further information or to book Monarch flights, Monarch Holidays or Monarch Hotels, please visit monarch.co.uk.