Monarch pilots Paul Fox and Ashish Raval now have thousands of Instagram followers thanks to the stunning images that they upload. For many, the window seat in a plane is a treasured spot – because the views from 38,000ft can be spectacular.
But the best seats in a plane, as these incredible photographs show, is in the cockpit.
Fox took this stunning image as he flew from Leeds early one morning. In his caption he wrote: 'The power stations on the east coast of Yorkshire stand proud above the early morning mists... just love my job!'
An 'epic' view of London at night during a crystal clear evening.
Fox captures a lightning storm in a truly stunning image.
Raval captures Nice airport on France's Mediterranean coast in a mesmerising shot
Both pilots picked out the Alps, pictured, as one of the best views for a pilot above Europe
A thunderstorm as seen from 39,000ft. This is one of many images that has helped Fox win thousands of Instagram followers
The senior first officer said: “They leave me speechless. They make for some of the best views I have ever seen from the flight deck. “
“Whether it be the Austrian, Swiss, Italian or French Alps, they all make for incredible scenes. Flying into Venice, the descent allows you to get a slightly closer and better view of the Alps.”
Captain Fox snapped this while high over the Cantabrian mountains in Spain
Raval explained in the caption for this picture of a Dreamliner soaring past his plane that 'it's all about being at the right place at the right time'
Fox captioned this: 'Missile away! Snow on the Alps and traffic below us on the same routing. Another great day in the office'
This dramatic image shows huge forest fires in Portugal, seen from 39,000ft
It's no wonder that Captain Fox describes his 'office view' as 'the best in the world
Wind turbines on the North Wales coast captured as Fox few into Manchester. He said that they made for 'a strange and surreal image'
Captain Fox, who’s been flying with Monarch for 12 years, agrees that the range is ‘always an amazing sight’, but added that when Monarch used to fly to America, he also enjoyed peering down at the ice sheets over Greenland.
Raval also enjoys the view coming in to land at Lisbon.
He said: ‘If you’re landing on the northerly runway into Lisbon, you begin by paralleling the airfield before coming over Sintra, which is absolutely stunning. Then going out towards the Atlantic Ocean passing over Cascais (a small town off the coast, north of Lisbon).