Media information:

                                                                                                                         27th November 2018


Flybe terminates contract with Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited


Flybe Limited have today (27th November 2018) served a Notice of Termination to Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) for Breach of Contract.


MAEL had provided Flybe with line and light maintenance services at Birmingham, and line maintenance services at Manchester, since April 2013.  MAEL took the decision to withdraw their services unilaterally and in conflict with our Contract, after close of business on Friday 23rd November 2018.  MAEL recently finished a complex restructuring exercise resulting in a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement and Flybe had been wholly supportive of MAEL throughout that process. Flybe are therefore very disappointed by these events, which appear to have been undertaken without due consideration of our business, customers and operations, and with no legal justification.


Since Friday, all maintenance operations have been executed by Flybe staff and contracted agencies seamlessly, without any adverse impact on Flybe operations or customers.  Flybe are sympathetic to the many employees of MAEL who may be affected by the loss of work at MAEL and will be offering employment opportunities for engineers at Birmingham and Manchester, increasing the size of Flybe bases at those locations and benefitting from establishing our own comprehensive maintenance operations.



Issued by Flybe press office: T: 0845 675 0681     E: [email protected]

About Flybe

Flybe is Europe's largest regional airline and flies more UK domestic flights than any other airline  – 53% of all UK flights within mainland Britain (excluding London).  Flybe currently operates 192 routes serving 14 countries from 75 departure points in the UK and Europe* and is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Aberdeen, Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports**. Flybe operates a fleet of 76 aircraft – 54 Bombardier Q400, 6 Embraer E195, 11 E175 & 5 ATR 72s and was recognised as the most punctual UK-based airline in the latest report on ‘Best and Worst Airlines’ issued by leading consumer watchdog Which? in January 2018.


*Flown under the Flybe brand including all routes on sale Nov 2018 – Aug 2019

**Source: CAA Aug ‘18