Monarch engi­neer­ing jobs safe Birm­ing­ham-based air­craft ser­vice cen­tre sur­vives air­line’s demise

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

AL­MOST 300 jobs at Birm­ing­ham Air­port have been saved af­ter the engi­neer­ing arm of col­lapsed air­line Monarch re­vealed it would con­tinue as a stand­alone busi­ness.

How­ever, ad­min­is­tra­tors made 389 other air­line staff based in the city re­dun­dant as the firm went into ad­min­is­tra­tion on Mon­day.

They were among 1,948 staff across the coun­try to lose their jobs af­ter the col­lapse of the busi­ness, the UK’s fifth largest air car­rier.

Monarch Air­craft Engi­neer­ing opened its gi­gan­tic hangar at Birm­ing­ham Air­port in 2013, pro­vid­ing jet main­te­nance and test­ing for its own planes and other com­pa­nies on a con­tract ba­sis.

The group said the air­line arm’s ad­min­is­tra­tion would not af­fect busi­ness there or its other UK hubs due in part to a ma­jor new con­tract with Vir­gin At­lantic Air­lines which will be ser­viced out of Birm­ing­ham.

Monarch Air­craft Engi­neer­ing em­ploys more than 730 staff at six lo­ca­tions in the UK and four over­seas. While Monarch Air­lines was a sig­nif­i­cant cus­tomer, the com­pany said it was now fo­cus­ing on ser­vic­ing its other ex­ist­ing clients and se­cur­ing new busi­ness.

The Vir­gin At­lantic Air­lines con­ract will see the firm car­ry­ing out checks on its Boe­ing fleet un­til 2021 at Birm­ing­ham Air­port. At the Paris Air Show in June, the com­pany an­nounced a joint ven­ture with Boe­ing Global Ser­vices to col­lab­o­rate on se­cur­ing ad­di­tional third-party fleet ser­vic­ing agree­ments.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Dare said: “Monarch Air­craft Engi­neer­ing has al­ways been a stand­alone busi­ness within the Monarch Group, hold­ing its own cash, em­ploy­ees and prop­erty. De­spite what has hap­pened at Monarch Air­lines, we con­tinue to trade as nor­mal. It’s busi­ness as usual.

“We are ex­tremely happy to have se­cured Vir­gin as a new cus­tomer for our Birm­ing­ham fa­cil­ity. This yet again proves our abil­ity to se­cure new busi­ness with the very best cus­tomers in an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. Our ex­pand­ing cus­tomer base at Birm­ing­ham is tes­ta­ment to our ef­fi­cient, re­li­able and high-qual­ity base main­te­nance team.”

“As a new cus­tomer, we look for­ward to wel­com­ing 17 of Vir­gin’s Boe­ing 787 air­craft into our Birm­ing­ham hangar over the next four years.”

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Monarch’s air­craft engi­neer­ing hangar at Birm­ing­ham Air­port opened in 2013

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