Hi everyone,

I am considering booking a holiday to Egypt with Monarch Airlines but the fact that I have never flown with them before in combination with it being my first medium-haul flight (I believe ca 5 hrs) since I have developped my fear makes me feel pretty uncomfortable. I feel like there are too many "unknowns" in this journey which adds to my worries, making it hard to predict how I will feel on such a relatively long flight.

I have already contacted Monarch to try and find out what type of plane will be going there (i.e. is it a big plane etc) to help me plan for where I would want to sit and just generally gather information to reduce the unknown. I was wondering if anyone had any direct experience of flying with Monarch, maybe even on this route (Gatwick to Hurghada) to put my mind at ease? How are the staff and is it true that the seats are a bit crammed?

Thanks!

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I've never flown with Monarch, but a quick wikipedia search says two thirds of their fleet are Airbus A321s and most of the rest are A320s.

But I've recently had the experience of arriving at an airport thinking I'd be on one type of plane, only to find that the airline had changed it. And while it was unnerving, once on board it didn't make much of a difference.

I understand wanting to reduce the unknowns, but I hope you don't let it get in the way of booking a holiday.

Hope everything goes well x

Monarch have been about for a long time and my brother used to spot the 757's, they are a well known and seem to be a good airline.  looking at forums they are well engineered and upto date, enjoy the flight, i would and im a wimp xx

Hi,

I can understand you. I always afraid of unknown things: unknown airlines, unknown planes and so on. I think this is silly, but I can't do anything to myself. For example I don't know why but I'm so afraid to fly with Fokker F50. Never did that, but it's possible that I need to. I hope it will be ok. It was good suggestion from Sarah to check wikipedia and web on that airlines, so you will see that there is nothing to be afraid :)

and if it helps you can google layouts and seating http://www.seatplans.com/airlines/Monarch-Airlines/classes/Economy-76 

Hi,

I am new to the group, although I did visit a few years ago.

I have flown with Monarch at least twice,( Malaga from Manchester ), absolutely no problems with them. I just made the air crew covering my seat aware I was a nervous passenger, they always smiled and asked if I was Ok when passing. In fact I went through the same problems when I didn't fly Monarch and had to use Jet2 on a 757.

So I know exactly what you mean about using different airlines, I am due to fly to the Dominican Republic on the 7th July with Thomson, I have never flown with them and have the same nervous feeling starting up again.    

 

Hi Lee!

Thanks for your reply! This fear is a funny thing, I have actually flown with Thomson before and really enjoyed the flight, lovely crew that was really thoughtful when I told them I was fearful etc, so in my mind, I would have much prefered them over Monarch! But your reply is very reassuring and kind of highlights the over-worrying that we sometimes do, I'll make sure to remember the kind of experience you had with them and to flag my nerves to the aircrew :)

Enjoy the holiday!



Lee Kannenberg said:

Hi,

I am new to the group, although I did visit a few years ago.

I have flown with Monarch at least twice,( Malaga from Manchester ), absolutely no problems with them. I just made the air crew covering my seat aware I was a nervous passenger, they always smiled and asked if I was Ok when passing. In fact I went through the same problems when I didn't fly Monarch and had to use Jet2 on a 757.

So I know exactly what you mean about using different airlines, I am due to fly to the Dominican Republic on the 7th July with Thomson, I have never flown with them and have the same nervous feeling starting up again.    

 


Hi Carly, thanks for replying and for your encouragement! you're right, they never seem to have had a problem and seem generally in good shape, I'll make sure to focus on that!


carly said:

Monarch have been about for a long time and my brother used to spot the 757's, they are a well known and seem to be a good airline.  looking at forums they are well engineered and upto date, enjoy the flight, i would and im a wimp xx

Hi Darius,

I can completely understand your problem with light aircraft like the Fokker, simply because it is slightly more unusual than your average plane and it has a more unfamiliar name! things like that just reinforce the little niggles but you're right, there is no reason to feel less safe. I have checked out lots of information about Monarch and their planes now and think that will help.

thanks for your reply!


Darius R said:

Hi,

I can understand you. I always afraid of unknown things: unknown airlines, unknown planes and so on. I think this is silly, but I can't do anything to myself. For example I don't know why but I'm so afraid to fly with Fokker F50. Never did that, but it's possible that I need to. I hope it will be ok. It was good suggestion from Sarah to check wikipedia and web on that airlines, so you will see that there is nothing to be afraid :)

Hi Sarah,

thaks for the reassurance, you are completely right. They all really look the same from the outside and may only vary slightly inside and I'm sure they will be just as good, really. I'm glad to know that you were ok even though the type of plane changed on your flight!

Sarah said:

Hi

I've never flown with Monarch, but a quick wikipedia search says two thirds of their fleet are Airbus A321s and most of the rest are A320s.

But I've recently had the experience of arriving at an airport thinking I'd be on one type of plane, only to find that the airline had changed it. And while it was unnerving, once on board it didn't make much of a difference.

I understand wanting to reduce the unknowns, but I hope you don't let it get in the way of booking a holiday.

Hope everything goes well x

Hi Sarah,

As a fearful flyer I would have no hesitation in recommending Monarch to anyone. I've used them three times and never once had any sort of issue with them. Firstly, they allowed me to pick my seats on-line at no extra cost unlike many other airlines. I like to sit near the front of the plane so it certainly helps keeping me calm knowing that I will have a reserved seat and it will be where I want to sit. On my recent trip to Portugal we went on a Airbus A320. It was a very new looking plane, spacious inside with plenty of legroom. I got the impression the plane was only 6 months old or so as all the furnishings were in A1 condition. 

The staff were very friendly, although on this occasions I didn't tell them I was a nervous flyer I have done in the past and they showed a very caring nature. 

All in all, I can fault them. I'm looking to book my next flight this week to Croatia and I'm hoping its a route that Monarch do.

Not sure if it's still relevant, but I've flown Monarch on an A321 Gatwick-Arricife (Lanzarote) and last month A300 (9 abreast seating) Gatwick-Preveza (Greece) - no problems. Friendly staff and pilots that spoke in layman's terms! Book it up if you haven't already.....

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