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Encyclopedia > BMI (airline)
British Midland Airways
IATA
BD
ICAO
BMA
Callsign
MIDLAND
Founded 1949 (as Derby Aviation Limited)
Hubs London Heathrow Airport
Manchester Airport
Member lounge Diamond Club Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 50 (+5 orders)
Destinations 51 (incl. bmi regional)
Parent company British Midland PLC
Headquarters Castle Donington, England, United Kingdom
Key people Nigel Turner (CEO),
Sir Michael Bishop CBE (Chairman)
Website: http://www.flybmi.com

British Midland Airways Limited or BMI, styled as bmi, (the company's trademark, formerly operated as British Midland) is a scheduled airline based in Donington Hall, close to East Midlands Airport, United Kingdom. The airline flies to destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia whilst its operational bases are Manchester Airport and London Heathrow Airport where it holds 12% of all take off and landing slots and operates over 2,000 flights a week. In January 2007, BMI bought British Mediterranean Airways which has enabled it to serve a wider range of mid-haul destinations. IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate for the foreseeable future on a substantial level. ... All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... , Castle Donington is a village with a population of around 7000 in the North West of Leicestershire, close to Derby and Nottingham and on the edge of the National Forest. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Sir Michael Bishop, CBE (b. ... A Chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... East Midlands Airport[1] (IATA: EMA, ICAO: EGNX) is an airport in the East Midlands of England, near Castle Donington in Leicestershire. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North American redirects here. ... West Indies redirects here. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is an airline based at London Heathrow Airport in England. ...


British Midland Airways Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[1]

Contents

History

The airline dates back to the formation of Derby Aviation Limited on the 16 February 1949. Derby Aviation was a subsidiary of Air Schools Limited which had been formed in 1938 to train pilots for the RAF. In 1949, the company formed both Derby Aviation based at Burnaston near Derby and Wolverhampton Aviation based at Pendeford, near Wolverhampton offering ad-hoc charter and freight flights with De Havilland Dragon Rapides, as well as aircraft maintenance and brokerage. [2] is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... RAF redirects here. ... This article is about the city in England. ... Pendeford is a suburb of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. ... The de Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide was a successful British short-haul passenger airliner of the 1930s. ...


Flying instruction ceased in 1953 with the start of scheduled flights from Derby and Wolverhampton to Jersey. When the first Douglas DC-3 arrived in 1955, Wolverhampton Aviation had been phased out and the company's sole base became Burnaston Airport. International services commenced in 1956 to Ostend and holiday flights to mainland Europe began. The company was also contracted by Rolls-Royce to transport aero engines to customers throughout the world. In 1959, the company changed its name to Derby Airways. Domestic scheduled flights within the United Kingdom were launched toward the end of the decade. This article is about the city in England. ... Wolverhampton is a city in the historic county of Staffordshire and metropolitan county of the West Midlands. ... The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s and is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made (also see Boeing 707 and Boeing 747). ... The esplanade with the Thermae Palace, the former Royal Residence and the casino For other uses, see Ostend (disambiguation). ... Rolls-Royce Limited was an British car and, later, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls on 15 March 1906 and was the result of a partnership formed in 1904. ...

Airbus A319-100 takes off
Airbus A319-100 takes off

The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ...

BMA

On 1 October 1964 the company changed its name to British Midland Airways (BMA) and moved operations from Burnaston to the recently opened East Midlands Airport. The corporate colours of blue and white were adopted at that time, with the introduction of the first turboprop aircraft, the Handley Page Herald. Minster Assets, an investment and banking group, acquired the airline in 1968. Domestic and European expansion continued apace and in 1970 BMA entered the jet age with the introduction of the BAC 1-11, followed by the Boeing 707 in 1971. The BAC 1-11s were withdrawn from service in 1972 and the 707s leased to other airlines as BMA concentrated on turboprops such as the Vickers Viscount. Though the 707 fleet was increased, none operated for BMA on scheduled services, or charter services on their behalf until 1981. Instead they were leased to other operators. The Douglas DC-9 converted most of the airline's domestic and European service to jet operation with its introduction in 1976. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... East Midlands Airport[1] (IATA: EMA, ICAO: EGNX) is an airport in the East Midlands of England, near Castle Donington in Leicestershire. ... This article is about the colour. ... This article is about the color. ... A schematic diagram showing the operation of a turboprop engine. ... The Handley Page Herald was a 1950s British turboprop passenger aircraft. ... The BAC 1-11, or One-Eleven, was a short-range jet airliner designed by Hunting Aircraft and produced by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) after Hunting was merged with several other British aviation firms in 1960. ... The Boeing 707 is an American four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... The Viscount was a medium-range turboprop airliner introduced in 1953 by Vickers-Armstrongs, making it the first such aircraft to enter service in the world. ... The Douglas DC-9 is a twin-engined jet airliner, first manufactured in 1965 and, in much modified form and under a succession of different names. ...

Airbus A320-200 lands
Airbus A320-200 lands

In 1978, the company directors purchased the airline from Minster Assets. The consortium included Sir Michael Bishop who is now the airline's chairman. That year, British Midland and British Airways agreed to route swapping. This resulted in British Midland Airways relinquishing its continental routes from Birmingham to Brussels and Frankfurt and BA handing over its routes from Liverpool to Heathrow, Belfast, Dublin, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Glasgow. As a result, annual passenger numbers topped 1 million for the first time in 1979. The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... Sir Michael Bishop (b. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... This article is about the British city. ... For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... Heathrow redirects here. ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ...


In 1981, an application to fly between Heathrow, Glasgow and Edinburgh was denied by the CAA. The ruling was overturned, however, after an appeal was lodged with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. With the introduction of these services, BMA and BA were now in direct competition. For other uses, see Edinburgh (disambiguation). ... The Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formerly the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry before the June 28, 2007 reshuffle) is a cabinet position in the United Kingdom government. ...


BMA, together with British & Commonwealth Shipping, formed Manx Airlines in 1982, and the following year BMA purchased a 75% stake in Glasgow-based airline Loganair. In March 1987, Airlines of Britain Holdings (ABH) was formed to act as a holding company for British Midland and British Midland Aviation Services. ABH became British Midland in 1997 when it was de-merged as part of wide restructuring. Manx Airlines started up on November 1, 1982. ... Loganair is an airline based at Glasgow International Airport (GLA) in Scotland. ...

Old revised British Midland logo
Old revised British Midland logo

A new colour scheme was unveiled in 1985. Aircraft were now painted in very dark blue, with a deep grey lower half of the fuselage and a red relief. At this time, the airline simply became British Midland, and a new logo of a stylised red BM crowned with a diamond shape appeared on the aircraft tailfins (see right). Airport lounges were introduced at UK hubs and the Diamond Club frequent flyer programme was launched. The charter market was abandoned and the 707 fleet withdrawn at this time. Gray or grey is a color seen commonly in nature. ... The fuselage can be short, and seemingly unaerodynamic, as in this Christen Eagle 2 The fuselage (from the French fuselé spindle-shaped) is an aircrafts main body section that holds crew and passengers or cargo. ... For other uses, see Red (disambiguation). ... Two rhombi. ...


In 1992, British Midland became the first airline to offer a vegetarian choice of in-flight meals on UK domestic services as well as one of the first airlines in Europe to do so. Towards the end of the 1990s, British Midland switched to Airbus and Embraer for its fleet renewal programme. For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... Airbus S.A.S. is a commercial aircraft manufacturer based in Toulouse, France. ... Embraer, the Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. is a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. ...


BMI

In 1999, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), a shareholder in British Midland since 1987, sold some of its stake to Lufthansa on the condition that British Midland joined the Star Alliance. BMI joined in 2000 and launched a new corporate identity in 2001. This involved the rebranding of the airline as BMI British midland (though BMI officially does not mean anything, it implies 'British Midland International'). The new identity features a brighter blue and the replacement of the grey with white. It brings a modern, fresh appearance with sweeping curves. In 2003, the "British Midland" portion was dropped and the airline is now referred to simply as BMI. The new identity coincided with the launch of transatlantic services in 2001 to Washington, DC and Chicago from Manchester Airport using wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft. Services from Manchester to Las Vegas followed soon after. Embraer 145 of the Brazilian police (Photo: Lindomar Cruz /ABr) Embraer ERJ 135 American Eagle ERJ 140 British Airways Citiexpress (Now BA Connect) ERJ 145 in British Airways utopia livery Pathania Embraer ERJ 145 cockpit Régional ERJ145 operating for Air France bmi regional ERJ 145 The Embraer ERJ 145... Scandinavian Airlines System or SAS is a multi-national airline for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and the leading carrier in the Scandinavian countries, based in Stockholm, Sweden and owned by SAS AB. It is a founding member of the Star Alliance. ... All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ... This article is about the color. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity, wide-body, medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Despite the launch of transatlantic routes from Manchester, BMI has fought to gain the rights to serve the United States from Heathrow. Only British Airways, Air India, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, United Airlines, Air New Zealand, and Kuwait Airways are permitted to offer such routes. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... Air India (Hindi: ) is the national flag carrier of India with a worldwide network of passenger and cargo services. ... Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. ... American Airlines, Inc. ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ... Boeing 747-400 Boeing 747-400 Air New Zealand Limited (ASX:, NZX: AIR, Air New Zealand) is a scheduled passenger airline based in Auckland, New Zealand, and the national flag carrier. ... Kuwait Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية الكويتية) is the national airline of Kuwait, based in Kuwait City and wholly owned by the Kuwaiti Government. ...


BMI operated a service to Mumbai from London Heathrow between May 2005 until October 2006, after the UK and India concluded amendments to their bilateral air service agreement. Services to Riyadh followed, commencing on 1 September 2005 after British Airways ceased to serve Saudi Arabia earlier that year. , Bombay redirects here. ... Riyadh (Arabic: ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ...


The BMI Group carried 7.95 million passengers during 2002. By 2005, the total had risen to 10.1 million, the third highest of any UK airline.[3] In early 2006, the Association of European Airlines [4] reported a drop in passengers carried and load factors for BMI mainline and regional services (excluding Bmibaby) whilst reporting increased loads for other AEA members over the same period. Despite this drop in passenger figures, BMI group reported [5] a pre-tax profit of £10 million for the year ending 31 December 2005. The Association of European Airlines (AEA) includes 31 European airlines. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In late 2006 BMI launched a scheduled service to Moscow Domodedevo in co-operation with Transaero on 29 October 2006 with a dedicated A320 (G-MIDO) with special seating for the service, including leather seats and a 40" seat pitch. is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In March 2007, BMI announced it intends to reveal details of new services from Heathrow to the USA, taking advantage of the end of Bermuda II restriction of services from that airport to the USA brought about by the EU-US open-skies pact due to start on 31 March 2008.[6] This was followed by reports that BMI and United Airlines were in talks about forming a possible alliance for transatlantic flights once the EU-US open skies pact comes into effect on 31 March 2008.[7] Heathrow redirects here. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Bermuda II is a Bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States signed on July 23, 1977 as a renegotiation of the original 1946 Bermuda Agreement. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


In July 2007, the airline was granted access to serve Cairo International Airport (Egypt) after long negotiations with the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation and EgyptAir. The airline will launch a daily Heathrow - Cairo A320 service from 4th November 2007. BMI announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with EgyptAir, which will see the carriers enter into reciprocal codeshare and frequent flyer agreements on the route. This will enable passengers to benefit from reciprocal flight codes on each airline’s flights as well as frequent flyer programme rewards and benefits. BMI will operate into Cairo Airport's Terminal 1 which is where EgyptAir operate from. EgyptAir is expected to join Star Alliance in the near future. Due to frequency restrictions in the Air Services agreement between the UK and Egypt BMI will not continue to serve Alexandria, the route they have inherited as part of the take over of BMED. It is also flying from Glasgow Prestwick Airport on behalf of Seguro Holidays Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA) (Arabic: مطار القاهرة الدولي) is the major civilian airport in Cairo, Egypt. ... EgyptAir Airlines Company (IATA Code: MS[1]), operating as EgyptAir (Arabic: مصر للطيران, Misr Lel-Tayaran) is the Cairo-based national airline of Egypt. ... For other uses, see Cairo (disambiguation). ... All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is a wholly independent airline operating under a franchise agreement with British Airways. ... Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (IATA: PIK, ICAO: EGPK) is a facility situated north of the town of Prestwick in Ayrshire, Scotland. ...


Subsidiaries

See also: BMI Regional BMI Regional is an airline based in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. ...


In 2002, BMI set up a low-cost subsidiary Bmibaby using redundant Boeing 737s which were displaced after BMI's fleet renewal programme favoured an all-Airbus fleet. Bmibaby now flies routes between secondary airports around Europe, as such it does not operate from Heathrow. bmibaby is a British low-cost airline and a subsidiary of British Midland PLC. It flies to destinations in Europe from its main bases at East Midlands, Manchester, Cardiff, and Birmingham. ...


In January 2007, BMI bought British Mediterranean Airways,[8] (BMED) a British Airways franchise partner, and as a result has gained access to new markets in Africa, Middle East and Central Asia that were served by the carrier. As part of the deal to buy BMED, BMI sold BMED's Heathrow slots to British Airways for £30 million. These are due to be handed over to British Airways in late 2008/2009. This means that they will have to reduce some of their other flights to fit the former BMED flights in to the schedule in 2009. BMED was fully integrated into bmi on 28th October 2007. British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is an airline based at London Heathrow Airport in England. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is a wholly independent airline operating under a franchise agreement with British Airways. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is a wholly independent airline operating under a franchise agreement with British Airways. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is a wholly independent airline operating under a franchise agreement with British Airways. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is a wholly independent airline operating under a franchise agreement with British Airways. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is a wholly independent airline operating under a franchise agreement with British Airways. ...


BMI has recently upgraded their cabins. The old reclining business class seats have been moved into premium economy making them one of the largest in the class. Business now boasts lie flat beds.


Diamond Club

BMI Diamond Club / Business lounge at Heathrow Terminal One
BMI Diamond Club / Business lounge at Heathrow Terminal One

BMI has a frequent flyer programme called Diamond Club with blue, blue plus, silver and gold levels. Awards are achieved by mileage flown, accommodation, parking or car hire booked via their website and BMI branded credit card expenditure. BMI has established a considerable following in its frequent flyer program due to its lower requirements and Star Alliance membership. Extra monthly bonus mileage is given at Silver and Gold Diamond Club as a loyalty incentive. Before April 2003, the system operated on a point-based scheme, which was deemed too complicated and was moved to a mileage-based programme.[9] Image File history File linksMetadata BMI_HEATHROW_DIAMOND.jpg‎ BMI Diamond lounge at Heathrow Terminal One Author: User:Darrenjtaylor on www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata BMI_HEATHROW_DIAMOND.jpg‎ BMI Diamond lounge at Heathrow Terminal One Author: User:Darrenjtaylor on www. ... A Frequent Flyer Program is a service offered by many airlines to reward customer loyalty. ...


Four tiers of membership exist for the BMI Diamond club: Blue (Entry level) - no entry requirements Blue Plus - requires 3000 membership status miles to be earned within 12 months Silver (Star Alliance Silver) - requires 16,000 membership status miles to be earned within 12 months Gold (Star Alliance Gold) - requires 38,000 membership status miles to be earned within 12 months


Same mileage requirements apply for the retention of the membership tier.


Membership status miles can be earned on BMI and Star Alliance flights only.


Benefits on each tier include:


Blue membership - Earning of frequent flyer miles - Spending miles on flights - both on an all mile basis and on a 'cash plus miles' basis


Blue Plus membership - Same benefits of Blue and: - Complimentary food on BMI domestic flights operating in and out of London Heathrow - Discounts off parking and car hire


Silver membership - Same benefits of Blus plus and: - Star Alliance Silver membership - Access to BMI diamond club and business lounges (when flying on BMI) plus certain lounges abroad - 25% destinations miles bonus each month (on base miles) - Car hire upgrade voucher - Priority business check in - Priority ticket sales and standby - 20kg additional baggage allowance (BMI operated flights) - Guaranteed business class booking 48 hours in advance on BMI operated flights


Gold membership - Same benefits of Silver and: - Star Allaince Gold membership - Access to Star Alliance gold lounges, regardless of fare - Four complimentary upgrade vouchers when purchasing a flight (subject to availability) - Extra hold luggage allowance - Priority luggage delivery - Handbaggage and telephone check-in - Use of manned check-in desks regardless of fare - A dedicated gold card enquiry line for bookings, enquiries and requests - Shorter advance notice on bmi free flight redemptions (three working days instead of the usual five) - Upgrades on bmi award flights to the business cabin (or premium economy cabin on our longhaul services) for the member and companion (subject to availbility) - A monthly destinations bonus of 35% on bmi flights - partner flights will continue to earn 25% - lifetime gold membership if you've earned gold diamond club status for 10 consecutive years [1]


Ownership

In 1999, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), a shareholder in British Midland since 1987, sold some of its stake to Lufthansa on the condition that British Midland joined the Star Alliance. BMI joined in 2000 and launched a new corporate identity in 2001. Scandinavian Airlines System or SAS is a multi-national airline for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and the leading carrier in the Scandinavian countries, based in Stockholm, Sweden and owned by SAS AB. It is a founding member of the Star Alliance. ... Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ISIN: DE0008232125) (pronounced ) is the largest airline in Europe in terms of overall passengers carried (second is Air France - KLM), and the flag carrier of Germany. ... All Nippon Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 in Star Alliance livery while still maintaining its corporate logo on the tail, the only Star Alliance member to do so. ...


Between 1999 and 2004, Lufthansa was looking to sell its share in the airline. Virgin Atlantic was the main airline hoping to buy the shares and then forming a merger of the two airlines. A merger would bring together two well respected airlines with combined ticket sales of more than £2 billion, forming a powerful force in the aviation industry. Neither company would comment on the talks. BMI, headed by Sir Michael Bishop, is believed to have initiated the talks after it fell deep into the red following the September 11, 2001 attacks. A merger would give Virgin's Sir Richard Branson a far stronger base at Heathrow (where BMI has hundreds of valuable take-off and landing slots) to increase the competition with his rival British Airways. Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... Sir Richard Branson (born July 18, 1950) a famed British entrepreneur, is best known for his widely successful Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organizations. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ...


The two airlines would have 17% of Heathrow slots against British Airways's 43%. British Airways was worried about the rivalry it would face if a merger went ahead, and considered the takeover of either BMI or Virgin Atlantic to stop the merger of the two airlines. British Airways concluded it would be easier to take over the smaller airline Virgin Atlantic. In 2004, talks of any merger of the three airlines stopped. The phrase mergers and acquisitions or M&A refers to the aspect of corporate finance strategy and management dealing with the merging and acquiring of different companies as well as assets. ...


In late 2006 the airline again dismissed renewed speculation that Virgin Atlantic Airways was preparing to make a bid to acquire full control of BMI, despite Sir Richard Branson repeating in a radio interview that such a merger would be a logical business move [10].


In June 2007, SAS announced that it would sell its 20% stake to improve its own group profits. The airline commented that it was in early discussions with Lufthansa, which owns 30% minus 1 share of the airline and also has an agreement to purchase shares from the 50% holding of chairman Sir Michael Bishop in late 2007.[11] Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Destinations

Main article: BMI destinations

This is a list of destinations served by bmi. ...

Fleet

The BMI fleet consists of the following aircraft, correct as of November 2007 [12]:

BMI Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(The Business/*Premium Economy/Economy)
Routes Notes
Airbus A319-100 11
130 or 144 (0/130 or 0/144)
123(30/93)
Short haul
Airbus A320-200 13 156 (0/156)
149 (30/119)
BMED aircraft - 124 (22/102)
Short and medium haul routes
Airbus A321-200 7
(5 orders)
195 (0/195)
188 (25/163)
BMED aircraft - 149 (31/118)
Short and medium haul routes
Airbus A330-200 3
G-WWBM/BB = 218 (18/*30/170)
Saudi Arabia G-WWBD = 198 (42/156) Business and Economy
Medium and long haul routes
Boeing 757-200 (2 to be leased) Not yet Known Tel Aviv, Almaty, Bishkek and Freetown Damp leased from Astraeus starting 1 May[13]
Embraer ERJ 135 3 43 (0/43)
49 (16/33)
Short haul routes
Embraer ERJ 145 13 52 (0/52)
49 (16/33)
Short haul routes
*Premium Economy is only available on A330-200 aircraft on select routes
Business Class on A330-200 now features fully lie flat beds.

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On 10 July 2007, BMI ordered 5 A330-200 and 5 A321 aircraft from Airbus [14], however the orders for the A330s have since been postponed due to lack of engine compatibility in the market.[citation needed]


In March 2008, the average fleet age was 5.9 years [15]


Codeshare agreements

BMI has codeshare agreements with the following airlines as of July 2007: [16] Code sharing is a business term used in the airline industry for a procedure whereby one airline operates a service using its own flight number, e. ...

Air Canada (TSX: AC.A, TSX: AC.B) is Canadas largest airline and flag carrier. ... Air France (formally Société Air France) is Europes largest airline company. ... Boeing 747-400 Boeing 747-400 Air New Zealand Limited (ASX:, NZX: AIR, Air New Zealand) is a scheduled passenger airline based in Auckland, New Zealand, and the national flag carrier. ... All Nippon Airways Co. ... Austrian Airlines AG is the flag carrier airline of Austria, headquartered in Vienna. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... British Mediterranean Airways, trading as BMED, is a wholly independent airline operating under a franchise agreement with British Airways. ... EgyptAir is the national airline of Egypt and is owned by the Egyptian government. ... Etihad Airways (Arabic: الإتحاد, ʼal-Ê»itiħād) is the flag carrier of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. ... Gulf Air (Arabic: ) is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. ... Boeing 737-500 LOT redirects here. ... Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ISIN: DE0008232125) (pronounced ) is the largest airline in Europe in terms of overall passengers carried (second is Air France - KLM), and the flag carrier of Germany. ... Malaysia Airlines (Abbreviated: MAS, Malay: Penerbangan Malaysia) is the national airline of Malaysia, operating scheduled services to over 100 destinations worldwide. ... Qatar Airways (Arabic: القطرية) is the flag carrier airline of Qatar, based in Doha. ... Scandinavian Airlines System or SAS is a multi-national airline for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and the leading carrier in the Scandinavian countries, based in Stockholm, Sweden and owned by SAS AB. It is a founding member of the Star Alliance. ... South African Airways (SAA) is South Africas largest domestic and international airline company, with hubs in Cape Town and Johannesburg. ... Spanair S.A. (IATA: JK, ICAO: JKK, and Callsign: Spanair), is an airline based in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. ... Categories: Airline stubs | Airlines of Asia ... Boeing 727 with classic livery 1950s-1980 Airbus A321-200 with former livery 1980-2005 Airbus A321-200 Airbus A320-200 taking off A319 in Faro, Algarve. ... Headquarters Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (Thai: ) (SET: THAI) is the national air carrier of Thailand, operating out of Suvarnabhumi Airport, and is a founding member of the Star Alliance network. ... JSC Transaero Airlines (Russian: ) or simply Transaero (Russian: ) is an airline based in Moscow, Russia. ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ... US Airways is a low-cost carrier[2][3] owned by US Airways Group, Inc. ... Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. ...

Incidents & accidents

The Stockport Air Disaster occurred at around 10am on Sunday the 4th of June, 1967. ... The designation DC-4 was used by Douglas Aircraft Company when developing the DC-4E as a large, four-engined type to complement its forthcoming DC-3 design. ... Stockport is a large town in the north west of England. ... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England which has a population of 2. ... is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The Kegworth Air Disaster occurred on January 8, 1989 when British Midland Airlines Flight 92, a Boeing 737-400, crashed onto the embankment of the M1 motorway near Kegworth, Leicestershire, UK. The aircraft was preparing to land at the East Midlands Airport. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Kegworth Air Disaster occurred on January 8, 1989, when British Midland Flight 092, a Boeing 737-400, crashed onto the embankment of the M1 motorway near Kegworth, Leicestershire, UK. The aircraft was preparing to land at the East Midlands Airport. ... East Midlands Airport[1] (IATA: EMA, ICAO: EGNX) is an airport in the East Midlands of England, near Castle Donington in Leicestershire. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ...

Gallery

References

  1. ^ CAA Operating Licence
  2. ^ British Independent Airline & Operators Since 1946 by T Merton Jones April 1972
  3. ^ United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Passenger statistics for UK airlines, 2002 and 2005, table 0.1.6.
  4. ^ Association of European Airlines
  5. ^ Press Release - 2005 Profits
  6. ^ http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/aboutbmi/presscentre/pressreleases.aspx?year=2007&rid=1107 BMI Press Release
  7. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2007/BUSINESS/04/04/bmi.ua.ties.reut/index.html
  8. ^ news and press releases | bmi
  9. ^ http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/aboutbmi/presscentre/pressreleases.aspx?year=2003&rid=192 BMI press release, 30/04/2003
  10. ^ Airliner World January 2007
  11. ^ BBC NEWS | Business | SAS seeks buyers for BMI holding
  12. ^ BMI Fleet Details
  13. ^ bmi leases two aircraft to further expand mid haul network at London Heathrow
  14. ^ bmi commande dix appareils à Airbus(FR) Accessed on 11 July 2007
  15. ^ BMI Fleet Age
  16. ^ bmi Key Facts (29 March, 2007)
  17. ^ cheap flights from the uk, Europe and worldwide | bmi

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the public corporation which oversees and regulates all aspects of aviation in the UK. It was established in 1972. ... Airliner World is an aviation magazine that is published by Key Publishing LTD from Lincs, United Kingdom and distributed by Seymour Distribution LTD in London. ...

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