Airline Monarch has announced plans to double the size of its fleet in Birmingham.
The group's executive chairman Ian Rawlinson has announced plans for an extensive fleet renewal to deliver 60 new jets to replace some existing aircraft and more than double its current fleet by 2020.
Monarch, which operates a host of services from Birmingham, is currently in the final stages of a tender process with Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier to re-equip its short-haul fleet, delivering what could be Europe]s youngest portfolio of jets by 2021 with an average aircraft age of three years.
Monarch has also recently completed construction of a major 110,000 sq ft maintenance depot at Birmingham Airport.
The hangar will handle repairs and maintenance on a contract basis for other airlines as well as perform essential work on its own fleet of aircraft. It will complement Monarch's existing heavy maintenance facilities in the UK
at London Luton and Manchester Airports.
The facility is set to create more than 200 new jobs and will be one of the few globally to offer maintenance facilities for the new Boeing Dreamliner.
I have a feeling BHX
will become the focus for the region and Luton will become increasingly irrelevant for Monarch, especially engineering.