LONDON--Monarch Aircraft Engineering will take the first flight of a Boeing 737NG at its new line station in Edinburgh today.
In February, the airline MRO announced two new line stations—Edinburgh and Nice, France, for Boeing GoldCare services. Edinburgh will cover GoldCare for the 737 MAX and Nice will service 787s. The Nice station is expected to begin operating this summer.
Chris Dare, managing director and CIO of the UK-headquartered maintenance and engineering provider, described the process for setting up the stations as relatively smooth, with some existing staff moving from the UK to Nice, and new personnel recruited to work at the Edinburgh station.
He says that being part of the GoldCare program has provided “great opportunities” for Monarch, with GoldCare-covered Norwegian aircraft expected to be the first customers at both bases.
“We are anticipating more customers once both stations are up and running,” Dare says.
Monarch also has extended an existing line station in Malaga, expanded to cover GoldCare support on the Boeing 787.