Towards the end of 1966, two directors of British Eagle, Don Peacock and Bill Hodgson, planned an aircraft maintenance company to serve an emergence of independent airlines through the sixties. These plans became a reality when Airline Engineering Limited (the original name of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited) was formed on the 30th March 1967.

Since its foundation, MAEL has built a solid reputation with the emphasis on safety and quality over a wide range of maintenance and overhaul solutions and services for a network of winning customers.

50 years of excellence

Celebrating its 50th year in 2017, MAEL continues to have a strong market position and reputation. Through strong leadership, industry leading deliverables, motivated and high performing teams who have embraced lean processes, the business has grown significantly to become a major player in a global market. From its initial premises of a 40 year old hangar at Luton Airport, MAEL now has a client base located across Europe, the Middle East, Australia and North America with heavy maintenance hangar facilities at Birmingham and Luton in the UK.

As well as having a superior knowledge in maintaining legacy fleets, MAEL is also a leading MRO for new technology aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, having provided maintenance support to the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner operating in Europe. MAEL is one of a small number of Boeing-approved Global Fleet Care providers worldwide.


Year Event
1967 Airline Engineering Limited was incorporated
1968 Opened hangar facility at Luton Airport
1971 Entered jet aircraft maintenance
1979 Opened line maintenance facility at Manchester Airport
1980 Airline Engineering changes its name to Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited
1981 Opened line maintenance facility at Gatwick Airport
1984 Opened hangar facility at Luton Airport
1987 Boeing 757 major modifications and engine retrofits
1988 Opened hangar facility at Luton Airport
1990 Opened line maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport
2001 Opened line maintenance facilities in Spain and Canaries
2007 Opened logistics centre at Luton Airport
2008 Opened line maintenance facility in Kiev, Ukraine
2010 Awarded Boeing 787 Dreamliner GoldCare
2011 Ranked 9th in the top 10 MRO's in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East - Airline Economics
2012 Completed 100th Airbus Rear Spar modification for easyJet
2012 Opened line maintenance facility in Warsaw, Poland
2012 Supported first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
2012 Recruited 700th Aircraft Engineering Apprentice
2013 Opened Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy at Luton Airport
2013 Secured maintenance approvals on Boeing 737NG, Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E-Jet series
2013 Added Boeing 787 Dreamliner training capability
2013 Secured GCAA CAR 21 approval
2013 Opened hangar facility at Birmingham Airport
2014 Ranked 3rd in the top 10 MRO's globally - Airline Economics
2014 Highly commended at the ATE&M Awards
2014 Secured GCAA CAR 147 approval
2014 Monarch Aircraft Engineering acquired by Greybull Capital LLP
2015 Contracted by Boeing at their facility in Copenhagen to provide GoldCare
2017 Line stations at Edinburgh, Nice and Malaga to support GoldCare
2017 Monarch Aircraft Engineering celebrates 50th anniversary


Year Award
2007 European Airline MRO of the Year Award - Aviation Week
2012 The ap&m Exhibitors Award - ATE&M
2013 MRO of the Year Award - The Aviation 100 Awards
2013 Through-Life Engineering Services Award - The Manufacturer
2014 WorldHost Recognised Business - status for excellent customer service
2015 Silver Award - Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
2017 Line Maintenance Provider of the Year - The Aviation 100 Awards
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