Douglas DC-3 NC64423
Lines was formed in November of 1946 with a route from Denver to
Colorado. It soon
expanded westward to Salt Lake City and south to Albuquerque, NM.
Durango was a junction point on
the system (later changed, under Frontier, to Farmington,
NM) where aircraft continued
on (with stops) to Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Denver.
Hence it was common to see three or more of Monarch's fleet of five
DC-3s on the ground
one time at this remote station, as the panoramic shot below
illustrates. In 1948 the airline
teamed up with Challenger
Airlines to provide through plane
connections and ticketing to the
latter's routes up into Wyoming and
Montana. December 1949 saw a complete merger of
the two airlines,
with Monarch predominant. In April, 1950 Monarch
Airways and in June of 1950 changed its name
to Frontier Airlines.