Monarch Airlines flew its last passenger A300 flight this month with an enthusiast flight from Gatwick to Birmingham. Monarch Airlines was the last European operator of the A300 in a passenger configuration according to Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database. In addition, China Eastern Airlines and Thai Airways are both expected to cease A300 service this year which will leave Afghanistan, Iran, Kuwait and Sudan the only remaining countries home to A300 passenger operations.
Monarch Airlines took delivery of its first GE-powered A300-600R in 1990 and operated only four of the type, all new-builds delivered directly to Monarch by Airbus. The first three have been flown into Tupelo, Miss., for part-out. The fourth is expected to be scrapped as well.
Photo credit: Brian Bostick
A former Monarch Airlines A300 sits at Tupelo, Miss., on a hot summer day in 2013 awaiting its inevitable fate.