British Airways flights to Florence, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma take off from Birmingham Airport

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport pictured with the crew on the inaugural British Airways flight to Florence,
Captain Richard Humphreys, first officer Claudia Zonneyville and cabin crew Rina Ottsman and Michael Fish


British Airways has returned to Birmingham Airport - when flight BA7025 took off from Birmingham
Airport for Florence, Italy on Saturday 20 May 2017 it marked a significant return to regional flying
for British Airways. It was the first of four new regional routes launched from the Midlands this
weekend and the first time British Airways' colours have been seen at the airport for a decade

Birmingham Airport ensured there was a party atmosphere for the first flight by celebrating with
a huge cake showcasing the four new destinations operated by British Airways

The airline last flew from Birmingham in 2007 when the regional airline business was sold to Flybe,
although Vueling and Iberia Express, subsidiaries of British Airways' parent company, International
Airlines Group (IAG), started up services and Aer Lingus has continued to operate to Dublin from
Birmingham Airport since 1949

The inaugural British Airways service to Florence was the first of the new routes to take off followed
by flights to the popular Spanish sunspots of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma providing more than 17,000
seats to the sun from Birmingham this summer. Flights are operated at weekends by modern Embraer
170 and 190 jet aircraft, with Eurotraveller and Club cabins and two abreast seating so everyone can
have either an aisle or window seat

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways' general manager commercial and customer, said: "This weekend marks
the start of a very busy summer for us in the UK regions and we are very excited to be returning to
Birmingham after a 10-year gap and after the successful launch of flights from Stansted last year"

"Florence is a brand new city to be served from Birmingham Airport and is proving to be very popular
with customers alongside our flights to three of the most sought-after Spanish destinations"

Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport commenting on the return said: "Today is a momentous day for
Birmingham Airport. To see the British Airways tailfin on the ground after ten years is great news for
the region and adds to the other IAG carriers already here.  The introduction of four routes for the
summer season ensures passengers have more choice on popular routes from the Airport and
additionally have the chance to visit the beautiful city of Florence, which was previously unserved"
Saturday 20 May 2017

Thursday 18 May 2017 - Boeing 737-82R TC-AAY arrives on delivery to Monarch - to become G-ZBAV

Boeing 737-82R TC-AAY was a morning arrival on delivery to Monarch - ii is due to become G-ZBAV....

.... when it enters airline service in June 2017 based at BHX - the former Pegasus Airlines
aircraft arrived from their base at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Photo: Matt Waudby

Blue Air Boeing 737-79P YR-BMA operated their flight to Bucharest - its first visit to BHX

Eurocopter Dauphin 2 G-DOLF was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

BHX regular Eurocopter Dauphin 2 EI-GJL was an afternoon arrival
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Tuesday 16 May 2017 - AirTanker Airbus A330-243 G-VYGL now flying for Jet2

AirTanker Airbus A330-243 G-VYGL lines up to depart on the final stage of its delivery flight to Jet2....

.... at Manchester - it had earlier arrived from RAF Brize Norton after a flight over the Irish Sea

.... the aircraft has been leased to Jet2 for the summer 2017 season and will be based at Manchester

.... it parked on Stand 85C for its short visit to BHX

CityJet Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B EI-FWE operated the early evening Brussels Airlines service to Brussels

bmi regional Embraer 145EP G-RJXC operated their flight to Nuremberg

Eurowings Europe Airbus A320-214 OE-IQD operated their service from Vienna

KLM cityhopper Fokker 70 PH-KZS operated their early evening flight from Amsterdam

Fleet Air International Saab 340A HA-TAD was an evening departure to Chateauroux

Citation CJ2 D-IPVD was an afternoon visitor operating a priority freight charter

Piper Turbo Navajo B N95TA was an afternoon arrival from Biggen Hill parking up to night stop
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bmi regional launches routes to Gothenburg and Nuremberg from its new Birmingham Airport base

Frank Mertens, Head of Marketing for bmi regional; Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport,
and Susie Green, Planning and Business Development Manager for bmi regional


bmi regional launched its two brand new routes from Birmingham Airport to Gothenburg and Nuremberg on
Monday 8 May 2017 - the services which will both be operated six times per week, were welcomed to their
new base at Birmingham Airport by a water arch, whilst the first passengers enjoyed a slice of celebratory cake

The Gothenburg and Nuremberg flights join the Birmingham to Graz service which started in February 2017. The
conveniently timed flights are aimed at both business and leisure travellers in the Midlands and further afield

Commenting on the new launches, Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer from bmi regional, said: "We are
delighted to be introducing these two new flights from Birmingham as part of our ongoing growth strategy to
connect key business regions. Both Nuremberg and Gothenburg have a great deal to offer both business and
leisure customers and, as such, are already proving popular. We're excited to be bringing the bmi regional level
of quality, convenience, service and professionalism to these new routes"

Paul Kehoe, CEO, of Birmingham Airport said: "We are delighted that bmi regional has launched services to
Nuremberg and Gothenburg, two unserved destinations from Birmingham.  These new additions mean that
bmi regional now serves three routes, as it started flights to Graz earlier in the year.  So passengers now
have even more choice to fly to Germany, Sweden and Austria from their local airport"

Fares start from £79 one way for Nuremberg and £89 one way for Gothenburg. All bmi regional fares include
23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating, complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks and 30 minute check-ins

For more information or to book a flight with bmi regional visit
Tuesday 9 May 2017

"UK Airports Safety Week" at Birmingham Airport - the view from the top of a Swissport A380 de-icer!!

Birmingham Airport is running a number of safety events this week as part of the "UK Airports Safety Week"
which is organised by the AOA - the Airport Operators Association. At the event held on South Pier Stand 13
on Monday 8 May 2017 members of Airport staff were able to experience a trip in Swissport's latest state of
the art de-icing rig that can reach to the top of the tail of an Emirates Airbus A380....

.... and at the same time enjoy a unique view of Birmingham Airport including the terminal building

.... the North Pier being fully utilised during a busy lunchtime

.... the South Pier and the view to the Runway Extension

.... and the view back to the terminal with the BHX yellow "Safety bus" below!

So how to you do that!? - first strap up well!!

.... give everyone a good wave

.... and off you go!

.... all the way to the top of an Airbus A380 tail - great fun on a summers day but imagine
being up there at night on a cold winters day!

The BHX yellow "Safety bus" and the Swissport de-icing rig will be back at North Pier Stand 42R
on Thursday 11 May 2017 from 1000 to 1300 - be there!
Monday 8 May 2017

"UK Airports Safety Week" at Birmingham Airport - Safety bus visits Stand 13 on Monday 8 May 2017

Birmingham Airport is running a number of events this week as part of the "UK Airports Safety Week"
which is organised by the AOA - the Airport Operators Association. Teams from the Airport Company,
BHX Fire and Rescue and Swissport took over South Pier Stand 13 on Monday 8 May 2017....

.... with the BHX yellow "Safety bus" in attendance that includes displays on safety related issues

.... while staff with a head for heights could enjoy (!?) a trip in Swissport's latest state of the art de icing rig
- on the left of the photo - that can reach to the top of the tail of an Emirates Airbus A380

After a visit to the Elmdon apron on Tuesday 9 May 2017 the display will be back at North Pier Stand 42R
on Thursday 11 May 2017 - be there!

Monday 8 May 2017

Saturday 6 May 2017 - Blue Air Boeing 737-8K5 YR-BMI flying in basic Transaero colours

Blue Air Boeing 737-8K5 YR-BMI operated their flight from Bucharest - its first visit to BHX....

.... the aircraft has recently entered service with Blue Air and still wears the basic
colour scheme of its previous operator Transaero (of Russia)

HOP! Embraer 190-100LR F-HBLH operated the lunchtime Air France flight from Paris CDG

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-FZM operated their lunchtime service to Dublin

Jet2 Boeing 737-8K5 G-JZHC operated their service from Reus - note the different titles/slogans
to based Jet2 aircraft - this flight is operated weekly by a Newcastle based aircraft

Freebird Airbus A320-214 TC-FHC was an evening arrival from Gothenburg
to operate a new weekly IT/inclusive tour flight to Antalya for the summer

Global Express N928SZ was a morning arrival when it positioned over from Coventry
for weekend parking after earlier arriving from Teterboro, New York

United Technologies Falcon 2000EX N308U was a morning arrival from Washington Dulles....

.... spending the day parked up on the Elmdon Apron before departing
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Thomas Cook's summer starts with exclusive new Sicily and Lesbos flights from Birmingham Airport

Louise Arscott, Regional Manager, Thomas Cook and William Pearson, Aviation Director,
Birmingham Airport with the Thomas Cook Airlines crew  


Thomas Cook has launched its summer 2017 programme from Birmingham Airport this week which
includes exclusive new flights to Comiso in Sicily - from £35 one way - and Mytilene on to the Greek
Island of Lesbos - from £49 one way. A new Thomas Cook Sentido Hotel, the Acacia Marina, also
opens this week in Sicily with seven-night packages starting from £486pp based on two people sharing

Also this week there are new flights starting to Malta and Naples and the immensely popular James
Martin inflight meals are relaunched with an amazing summer menu featuring mouth-watering treats
like slow-braised balsamic beef and roast chicken breast available on board

Aviation Director for Thomas Cook, James Burrows, said: "This is a really exciting year for us at
Birmingham with exciting new routes for both independent travellers and package holiday customers.
Together with Birmingham Airport, we're going to more and more great holiday destinations to give
our customers the choice they deserve for their hard-earned holidays"

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: "We are delighted that Thomas Cook has
launched these new flights from Birmingham Airport. The airline is not only offering more capacity on
popular leisure routes but also introducing a brand new destination from Birmingham to Comiso which
means passengers can now visit the beautiful island of Sicily from the Midlands. Thomas Cook is an
established airline that offers something for all passengers, from flight only to all-inclusive holidays
and we welcome its decision to expand from Birmingham"

Thursday 4 May 2017

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