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Monarch, Thomas Cook Enter Line Maintenance Agreement

The MRO will handle elements of Thomas Cook Airlines’ line maintenance at five U.K. airports.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering and Thomas Cook Airlines have signed an agreement which will see the British MRO handle line maintenance on aircraft across five U.K. airports.

Work will be carried out at existing Monarch line stations at London Gatwick, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and East Midlands Airport this summer. As a result of the agreement, line maintenance technicians working for Thomas Cook Airlines at those locations will now work on behalf of Monarch.

The new line maintenance agreement on the Thomas Cook Airlines fleet extends on previous cooperations between the parties. Previously, Monarch has undertaken base maintenance work for the carrier, which operates a fleet of Airbus 25 A321-200 aircraft, six Airbus A330-200s and two Boeing 757-300s.

“This agreement enables us to deliver effective, efficient and high-quality line maintenance for Thomas Cook Airlines at multiple locations across the UK,” said Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s managing director Chris Dare in a release on Wednesday (May 30).

Monarch operates permanent year-round line stations at 10 airports across the U.K. and mainland Europe, with capabilities extending across all levels of maintenance on Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier aircraft.

Last year, the MRO added new line stations in Edinburgh and Nice, and has a strategy to implement one to two stations annually domestically and on the continent.

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