One of the nice things about flying as often as I do – and there are lots of things that are not so nice, as we all know – is that occasionally you come across a clean aircraft, genuinely welcoming staff, a pilot who is really proud of his job and who takes the time to tell you about which runway you’re departing from, your routing and so on.
Now, I like this sort of thing. If nothing else, it’s always good to know that the driver knows the route, of course.
I’m writing this on a Monarch flight, from Malaga in Spain to London Luton.
I’m only in London overnight and on their early, 0710 (yuck, especially on a Sunday morning) flight back home in the morning.
The pilot told us that we were being slightly delayed because of an incoming plane, that there was an Easyjet aircraft in front of us and that we could then depart.
Over Madrid, a huge sprawling city from the air on a clear day like today, was mentioned as we went overhead a moment ago, with almost all the passengers, almost all of whom are returning British holidaymakers, looking and admiring.
Will they remember Monarch when they book their next holiday?
I suspect so and they’ll tell their friends good things.
But many of them missed out on a Monarch secret, which I’ll freely share with you now.
When you book, pay the few pounds extra for breakfast if you’re on an a.m. flight.
Put simply, in my years of flying a diverse range of airlines, routes and aircraft, I’ve never had a better meal than the Monarch Breakfast.
I had a choice of 4 carriers for my flight today, but didn’t even look at the others, because I actually looked forward to my breakfast!
And I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s – because I know I’ll enjoy it and get good value .. and after probably no sleep tonight (late finish and early start!) it’ll do me good!
So, what’s in it, you ask!
Well, tea or coffee, obviously. This is a British airline, after all. Proper English PG tips, too – and from a tea bag.
Full English – bacon, sausage, egg and beans – a rather nice Muller yoghurt, a cup of orange juice (ok, from concentrate but a good brand and a nice flavour) and a bag of fruit (today was a juicy pineapple slice, a piece of mango (I hate mango, so I can’t report fully on that!), a few grapes (no lumps!) and real bread with yummy Lurpak butter.
All served with genuine smiles and an agreement from the crew that this is the best breakfast in the air!
Must go back to looking out of the window now – we’re crossing the border of northern Spain and over the Bay of Biscay.
Says the Captain.