The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 in July, includes options for 15 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets and marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.

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Monarch Airlines has announced it is in the process of finalizing terms and working towards a purchase agreement for 30 737 Boeing MAX 8s, marking the start of a single-aisle fleet transition for Monarch to Boeing jets.

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Monarch Airlines has expanded its flight program for summer 2012, introducing new scheduled flights to Barcelona and Nice from Birmingham Airport. Monarch has also launched its first program of flights from its new UK base, East Midlands Airport, to Mediterranean leisure destinations.

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The move follows the announcement that International Airlines Group (which owns British Airways and Iberia) is shutting down East Midlands Airport-based Bmibaby, a low-cost subsidiary of BMI which IAG acquired from Lufthansa along with the parent company and BMI Regional.

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Monarch Airlines has launched twice-weekly scheduled service from Manchester to Verona’s Valerio Catullo Villafranca Airport.

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Flights to Dubrovnik, known as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’, operate three times a week from London Gatwick Airport and twice a week from Birmingham Airport. Flights to Heraklion operate twice a week from both London Gatwick and Birmingham airports.

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New for the winter schedule, as a continuation of Monarch Airlines’ 2012 summer program, are the Italian destinations of Venice, Verona, Milan and Rome. The airline will now operate year-round services to the four Italian cities.

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With time and money precious as Christmas approaches, British travelers are still looking to get away for winter vacations but are seeking to maximize their holidays and minimize their costs by booking eight- and nine-night breaks, a study by Monarch Holidays has found.

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Until midnight UK time on September 30, British low-fare carrier Monarch Airlines is removing booking fees for all scheduled flights booked via its website and paid for via PayPal.

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