Airbus A300-600R - Monarch Airlines
Monarch Airlines is a British airline operating scheduled and charter flights. Its main base is Luton Airport. Monarch was formed in June 1967 and is the oldest airline in the UK still flying under its original name. It started operating in April 1968 with some ex-Caledonian Bristol Britannias.
Monarch Airlines became a widebody operator in 1990 with the introduction of its first Airbus A300-600R. It later also operated Boeing 767-300ER widebodies and a single McDonnell Douglas DC-10, which was retired in 2002. The nose section of the DC-10 can still be found at the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. The airline also leased a pair of McDonnell Douglas MD-11s from World Airways and today the fleet comprises some Airbus A330-200's.
Monarch Airlines acquired a total of four Airbus A300-600R aircraft. The aircraft type was operated by the airline until 13 April 2014, when it performed a special flight from London Gatwick to Birmingham.
The photograph shows an A300-600R taxiing at Manchester Airport (UK). The photo below is of a Monarch A300 in an earlier colour scheme, also at Manchester.