VH-YMK. Airbus A300B4-605R. c/n 556.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Monarch Airlines Ltd

First flown as F-WWAY - February 14, 1990

Powered by General Electric CF6-80C2A5 engines

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-MONS - April 1990

Delivered to Monarch Airlines, England - April 17, 1990

Leased to Compass Airlines, Australia - ?

Rolled out at London (Luton) in the standard Compass livery - November 1990

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-YMK - November 14, 1990

Departed London (Luton) on the ferry flight to Australia - November 17, 1990

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the ferry flight - November 19, 1990

Ferry route: London (Luton) - Cairo - Bombay - Singapore - Brisbane

Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as YM331 - December 01, 1990

Operated final revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as YM320 - December 20, 1991

Aircraft grounded in Sydney when Compass suspended all operations due to bankruptcy - December 20, 1991

The aircraft was repossessed by Monarch Airlines - January 1992

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 29, 1992

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-MONS - January 29, 1992

Registered to Monarch Airlines

Departed Sydney on the ferry flight to Abu Dhabi for maintenance and repaint - January 31, 1992

Ferried Abu Dhabi - London (Luton) in the standard Monarch livery - February 12, 1992

Returned to service on London (Gatwick) - Tel Aviv - London (Gatwick) - March 24, 1992

'Leisure Airline of the Year' titles added - 2006

Leased to Egyptair for annual Hadj pilgrimmage flights - 2009

Ferried London (Gatwick) - Cairo on delivery to Egyptair - November 06, 2009

Ferried Cairo - Manchester on return to Monarch Airlines as MSR999P - December 14, 2009

Aircraft had logged 74,441 hours - December 31, 2012

Operated final revenue service Sharm el Sheikh - London (Gatwick) as ZB249/MON249A - November 03, 2013

Ferried London (Gatwick) - Birmingham as MON595P - November 03, 2013

Observed at Birmingham without titles - November 16, 2013

Ferried Birmingham - Portsmouth - Tupelo as MON556P - November 16 - 17, 2013

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - February 04, 2014

Observed at Tupelo in the basic Monarch livery without engines - February 22, 2014

Scrapped at Tupelo - 2014

 

G-MONS. Compass - in the standard livery at London Luton Airport, November 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0310-167.)

VH-YMK. Compass - in the standard livery at London Luton Airport, November 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0310-069.)

VH-YMK. Compass - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1991.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0310-081.)

VH-YMK. Compass - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1991.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 0310-082.)

G-MONS. Monarch - in the standard livery at London Luton Airport, March 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0310-083.)

G-MONS. Monarch - in the standard livery at Faro Airport, September 2002.

(F. Mesquita Copyright Image 0310-046.)

G-MONS. Monarch - in the revised livery with additional 'web' titles at an unknown airport, December 2003.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0310-020.)

G-MONS. Monarch - in the revised livery with additional 'Leisure Airline of the Year' titles at London Luton Airport, December 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0310-072.)