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!'

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.

An ‘epic’ view of London at night during a crystal clear evening.An ‘epic’ view of London at night during a crystal clear evening.

Fox captures a lightning storm in a truly stunning image.

Fox captures a lightning storm in a truly stunning image.

Raval captures Nice airport on France's Mediterranean coast in a mesmerising shot

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

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

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. “

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“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

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'

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'

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

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

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'

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.

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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).

Another plane streaks away from Fox's aircraft far below. He has been flying with Monarch for 12 years

Another plane streaks away from Fox’s aircraft far below. He has been flying with Monarch for 12 years

Of this picture, Fox said: 'It's very rare to have such a clear day over the UK, but a few months ago we were lucky enough to have this amazing view across beautiful Wales. Taken in the cruise, we were heading westbound towards Ireland, just skirting the northern tip of Anglesey. If you look closely you can make out the Menai Straits, the Snowdonia mountain range and the Llyn peninsula'

Of this picture, Fox said: ‘It’s very rare to have such a clear day over the UK, but a few months ago we were lucky enough to have this amazing view across beautiful Wales. Taken in the cruise, we were heading westbound towards Ireland, just skirting the northern tip of Anglesey. If you look closely you can make out the Menai Straits, the Snowdonia mountain range and the Llyn peninsula’

A huge thunderstorm pictured gathering on the south coast of the UK

A huge thunderstorm pictured gathering on the south coast of the UK

This bank of clouds was photographed by Fox as he entered UK airspace. 'It reminded me of an Antarctic ice sheet,' he wrote. 'Never lose your sense of wonder'

This bank of clouds was photographed by Fox as he entered UK airspace. ‘It reminded me of an Antarctic ice sheet,’ he wrote. ‘Never lose your sense of wonder’

Another Monarch aircraft descends into Tenerife amid wispy clouds and a dusky sky

Another Monarch aircraft descends into Tenerife amid wispy clouds and a dusky sky

The Humber snakes towards the sea in this image taken during a beautiful sunrise

The Humber snakes towards the sea in this image taken during a beautiful sunrise

Fox describes in the caption for this photograph, taken in Menorca, how it was taken shortly after negotiating a thunderstorm. He wrote: 'Using the weather radar and our training we were able to thread our way through the gathering tempest and land safely at our destination. Shortly after landing I managed to snap this great photo of the storm front'

Fox describes in the caption for this photograph, taken in Menorca, how it was taken shortly after negotiating a thunderstorm. He wrote: ‘Using the weather radar and our training we were able to thread our way through the gathering tempest and land safely at our destination. Shortly after landing I managed to snap this great photo of the storm front’

Snowy peaks huddle below Fox's plane as it cruises high above. Fox said he 'particularly enjoys landing at Leeds Bradford Airport' because ‘it is always an interesting arrival due to the shorter runway, often there are strong crosswinds and a great view of the Yorkshire Hills whatever the weather’

Snowy peaks huddle below Fox’s plane as it cruises high above. Fox said he ‘particularly enjoys landing at Leeds Bradford Airport’ because ‘it is always an interesting arrival due to the shorter runway, often there are strong crosswinds and a great view of the Yorkshire Hills whatever the weather’

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