The collapse of Monarch Airlines – which accounted for around 50% of Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s customer base – has freed up maintenance slots over the 2017/18 winter season says its managing director Chris Dare.
“These are already generating interest so in that regard things are looking positive,” he says. “As we look forward to next winter in 2019 then we have the opportunity to look for new customers for the winter maintenance program.”
Dare estimates more than 20 Boeing 787s will pass through its Birmingham hangar to undergo nose-to-tail maintenance services comprised of a Virgin Atlantic contract signed last week and Boeing Global Fleet Support, which Monarch joined in 2010 under its previous GoldCare guise.
“The first 787 is already in the hangar and the work will run through until March 2018,” Dare adds.