History

For more than 50 years we’ve continuously evolved our aviation and travel brands to meet changing industry and customer needs.

1910

Globus Founded by Antonio Mantegazza

Our journey began more than 85 years ago when a young man purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Who could have possibly imagined that act would create one of the world's leading travel companies?

Today, the Globus family of brands is a global company reaching every corner of the world, yet remains family-owned and steeped in the values Antonio had when he set out across Lake Lugano—to enlighten travellers by showing them the very best of the destinations.

1961

  • Cosmos Holidays born

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1967

  • Aircraft Engineering Ltd launched

1968

  • Monarch Airlines formed & hangar facility opens at Luton Airport

1970

  • Monarch Airlines becomes an all-jet fleet

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1971

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) enters jet aircraft maintenance

1979

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) opens line maintenance facility at Manchester Airport
  • Cosmos adds flights from Manchester and Birmingham and increases rage of destinations to include Greece, Portugal and Yugoslavia
  • Children's Clubs launched
  • Airline Engineering changes its name to Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited & Monarch Aircraft Engineering expands its UK footprint

1981

  • Line maintenance facility opens at Gatwick Airport

1984

  • Hangar facility opens at Luton Airport

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1988

  • Hangar facility opens at Luton Airport
  • Monarch Airlines carries 1 million passengers annually
  • Monarch Airlines is the first charter airline worldwide to order next-generation Boeing 757 aircraft
  • Monarch Airlines launches scheduled services - Monarch Crown Service
  • Cosmos becomes first mainstream tour operator to introduce all-inclusive European holidays

1990

  • Line maintenance facility opens at Birmingham Airport

1991

  • Travel Group acquires seat only operator, Avro

1992

  • Travel Group acquires Archers Direct

1996

  • Hangar facility opens at Manchester Airport

2000

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering expands into Europe

2001

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering opens line maintenance facilities in Spain and Canaries

2003

  • Somewhere2stay launched on website

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2006

  • Cosmos Holidays & Tourama merged

2007

  • Logistics centre opens at Luton Airport

2008

  • Monarch Holidays & Hotels launches and line maintenance facility opens in Kiev, Ukraine

2010

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering awarded Boeing 787 Dreamliner GoldCare

2011

  • Cosmos celebrates its 50th Birthday
  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering ranked 9th in the top 10 MRO's in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East - Airline Economics

2012

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering opens line maintenance facility in Warsaw, Poland
  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering supports first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
  • Monarch Airlines offers capacity for eight million passengers in 2012/13 and strengthens scheduled services

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2013

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering opens Training Academy at Luton Airport
  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering secures maintenance approvals on Boeing 737NG, Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E-Jet series
  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering adds Boeing 787 Dreamliner training capability
  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering secures GCAA Part 21 approval
  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering opens hangar facility at Birmingham Airport

2014

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering secures GCAA Part 147 approval
  • Airline names Boeing as preferred supplier for new narrow body fleet
  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering ranked 3rd in the top 10 MRO's globally - Airline Economics
  • Monarch confirms order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft
  • On 24th October following a restructure of the Group, Monarch was acquired by Greybull Capital LLP

2015

  • Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) contracted by Boeing at its facility in Copenhagen to provide GoldCare
  • The Group consolidates all travel brands under Monarch name
  • Following the restructure and sale of company in 2014, Monarch returns to profit

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