Primera Air to launch services to Boston and Newark New York from Birmingham Airport in Summer 2018

Primera Air, the Icelandic owned leisure airline, will launch transatlantic scheduled
services to Newark New York and Boston from Birmingham Airport in May 2018

Flights to Newark New York will depart from Birmingham daily with Boston departing
on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will base its brand new
Airbus A321neoLRs, configured with 16 Premium Economy seats and 182 Economy
seats, at Birmingham Airport.  Passengers can also use the Wi-Fi on board and the
aircraft has full charging facilities for their devices.

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport commented: "We are
delighted to be entering in to a partnership with an additional transatlantic airline. 
Primera Air will offer daily flights to New York and give passengers the chance to
visit Massachusetts' capital and largest city - Boston. This is a brand new route
from Birmingham so we are delighted that Primera Air will give people from the
region the opportunity to visit this city direct from their local airport"

"Primera is a low cost, low fares airline that will appeal to all.  With its offering of
premium economy and economy seats it really does mean that America is just
across the pond.  We look forward to working with Primera Air and are delighted
that they will base these brand new Airbus321neoLRs here at the Airport"

Andri M. Ingolfsson, the President and Chairman of Primera Air said: "We are very
proud to announce our new bases and routes to US. With our brand new Airbus
A321neoLR airplane, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by
wide-body aircrafts. With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft,
we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from Birmingham
to the US. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality
product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travellers"

Services from Birmingham to US will commence in May 2018 and will be year-round
operations. Primera Air tickets will go on sale from the Thursday 20 July 2017 with
starting fares of £149.00 (one way, all taxes included) and can be booked at -
Thursday 20 July 2017

United Airlines to cease their service from Newark New York to Birmingham Airport on 5 October 2017

United Airlines have announced that they will cease operating their daily non-stop
service from Newark New York to Birmingham Airport on Thursday 5 October 2017

Continental Airlines - which merged with United Airlines in 2010 - commenced the route
back on Tuesday 15 July 1997 when Boeing 757 N12114 operated the inaugural flight
- Boeing 767's and Douglas DC10's have also been used on the route over the years
which at its peak was operated on a twice daily basis using Boeing 757's

This announcement comes just 6 months after American Airlines dropped their daily
non-stop service from Birmingham Airport to New York JFK on Friday 6 January 2017

"One stop" connecting services from Birmingham Airport to the USA and Canada are
available using the services of Aer Lingus, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Icelandair,
KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian SAS, Swiss Air Lines and their code share Partners
Wednesday 12 July 2017

Birmingham Airport sponsors "Solar Bear" as part of "The Big Sleuth" summer 2017 art trail

Birmingham Airport has signed up to sponsor a bear this summer in the exciting Birmingham
art trail called "The Big Sleuth". Presented by Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity in partnership
with creative producers Wild in Art, "'The Big Sleuth' will see up to 100 beautifully designed bear
statues appearing throughout Birmingham over a 10-week period this summer from Monday
10 July 2017 with satellite trails in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Sandwell and at Resorts World

"'The Big Sleuth" aims to inspire people to become a tourist in their own town. Bears will be
placed not only in the city centre, but in a host of locations across all ten districts of Birmingham,
encouraging residents to follow the trail and discover areas of the wider region which they
may not have explored before

The design chosen by the Airport is called "'Solar Polar" and is painted by artist David Graham.
The design represents the famous Northern Lights or "'the aurora borealis". The bright dancing
lights of the aurora are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun
that enter the earth's atmosphere and can be seen in the sky

"Solar Polar" will be located at the city's famous Victoria Square until Sunday 17 September 2017,
during this time a selfie competition will be run by the airport to encourage the public to find the bear

Icelandair operate a Boeing 757 in "Hekla Aurora" - Northern lights - colours
David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: "It's a fantastic privilege to
be involved with another city art trail project. "The Big Hoot" in 2015 attracted many visitors not only
to the city and region but also to the airport. We jumped at the chance to be a sponsor again and
we are really pleased with the bear design that we have chosen. It is very relevant to the Airport
as we have four Icelandair flights a week to Reykjavik, a gateway city for visitors of the Northern Lights

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children's Hospital, said: "The Big Sleuth"
is incredibly important to us as we know it will encourage residents and tourists to get active and enjoy
being outdoors - whether they decide to walk, jog, run or cycle the trail"

Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art, said: "It's fantastic to have Birmingham Airport on board
again this year. They recognise the great benefits of getting involved as well as the positives for the
local community, and of course Birmingham Children's Hospital. Together with other sponsors,
partners and funders, they have enabled the event to really take off!"

"The Big Sleuth" comes hot on the heels of "The Big Hoot" which attracted more than 800,000 visitors
and in total raised over £625,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital. At the end of the 10 week trail
the giant painted bears will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the hospital. To find out more
about the project, please visit
Thursday 6 July 2017

Stinson V77 Reliant N69745 reappears after winter hibernation at Birmingham Airport

Stinson V77 Reliant N69745 has reappeared after spending the winter at Birmingham Airport
to perform an engine run and taxy in preparation for its planned visit to the RNAS Yeovilton
International Air Day in Somerset on Saturday 8 July 2017....

.... the aircraft which is owned by Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, had arrived
at Birmingham on Sunday 11 December 2016 - the aircraft which was built in 1943 is now
in Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm markings where it operated as FK877 while still retaining its
US Army Air Force serial of 42-46703 For more information on its history and arrival see here


After an initial engine run the aircraft is ready for a taxy....

.... down Taxiway Foxtrot all the way to the Weather station and back! Photo Roy Kesterton
 
Mission accomplished! - aircraft serviceable and ready to fly!

Old meets new at Birmingham Airport....

.... with the terminal in the background

Stinson V77 Reliant N69745 safely back in the hangar at Birmingham Airport

With thanks to Paul Kehoe for the visit to see N69745
Wednesday 5 July 2017
 
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Monarch celebrates the launch of 4 new routes to Naples, Rhodes, Split and Valencia from Birmingham

Monarch, a leading low cost airline and holiday company, has celebrated the launch of four
new routes from Birmingham Airport. The airline will now fly Naples in Italy, Rhodes in Greece,
Split in Croatia and Valencia in Spain

Monarch is the only airline to fly to Split and Valencia from Birmingham with both destinations
new to the summer 2017 network and holidays are also on sale to all of these destinations

Monarch is also welcoming a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet at Birmingham. The aircraft's
first scheduled passenger flight will be on Thursday 29 June 2017 to Rome. Whilst at Birmingham
it will also be a used for flight crew training purposes ahead of the delivery of the first brand
 new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft arriving in April 2018

Flights to Valencia launched last Thursday, 22 June 2017, and will operate twice a week on
a Thursday and Saturday. Flights to Rhodes, once a week on a Wednesday, launched on
Wednesday 21 June 2017, and flights departed to Naples from Friday 23 June 2017, on
a Monday and Friday. The new destination of Split saw flights take-off yesterday, Sunday
25 June 2017, and operate twice a week on Tuesday and Sunday

This week's inaugural flights follow on from the launch of Stockholm and Porto in April 2017 with
the airline now flying to both destinations three times a week. Customers on the Valencia flight
were treated to a glass of bubbly and slice of Paella themed cake to celebrate the inaugural flight.
Monarch's Chief Commercial Officer Ian Chambers was joined by David Winstanley, Birmingham
Airport's Chief Operating Officer at check-in with customers excited to head to the Spanish city

Ian Chambers, Chief Commercial Officer at Monarch said: "We are delighted to add even more
flights and holidays to four new destinations to our Birmingham programme for summer 2017.
These new routes join Porto and Stockholm which we launched earlier in the year. Monarch is
the only airline to fly to both Split and Valencia from Birmingham Airport"

"We're really pleased to be flying a greatly expanded programme from Birmingham for the summer
with more city and beach destinations. It's also really exciting to welcome the Boeing 737-800
aircraft to the fleet for the busy summer schedule ahead of the first of our new Boeing 737 Max 8
aircraft arriving in April next year"

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: "Monarch offers a fantastic
selection of popular European routes to our passengers from Birmingham Airport. It's great to see
them expanding this choice further for our summer holidaymakers. Valencia, Split, Naples and Rhodes
are all steeped in history as well as being popular coastal destinations with fabulous ports and beaches.
We are confident these will be very successful routes"

For more information or to book please visit
Monday 26 June 2017

Friday 16 June 2017 - FedEx Global Express N2FE is a morning departure to Memphis

FedEx Global Express N2FE was a morning departure to Memphis

Global 5000 M-CVGL was a morning departure to St Petersburg, Russia

King Air D-ICMK was a day stopping visitor to the Elmdon apron

Piper Malibu LY-CHD which had arrived on Thursday was a morning departure to Barcelona

Jet2holidays Boeing 737-8MG G-JZHK positioned in from Manchester
to operate their flight to Faro - its first visit to BHX

Iberia Express Airbus A320-214 EC-LLE operated their flight from Madrid

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

BH Air/Balkan Holidays Airbus A320-232 LZ-BHI operated their weekly IT/inclusive tour flight to Bourgas

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Norwegian's first father and son flight crew take to the skies flying from Tenerife to Birmingham Airport

Norwegian, the low cost airline, has marked a momentous milestone completing its first flight
in the airline's 15-year history flown by a father and son - 54-year old Captain David Kempton
and his 19-year old co-pilot and son, Alex Kempton, marking Father's Day

The pair from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, flew 180 passengers on a brand-new multi-million pound
Boeing 737-800 aircraft, on a 4.5-hour flight from Tenerife South Airport to Birmingham Airport

Alex Kempton became the youngest pilot at Europe's third largest low-cost airline at the age of 19
last September, just two years after starting flight school. Alex was offered his first professional pilot
job from Norwegian at 18, just a week before his 19th birthday, and only two years after watching
aircraft at Coventry Airport with his dad as a young aviation enthusiast

Norwegian Boeing 737-8JP EI-GBF touches down at Birmingham Airport after its flight from Tenerife
Norwegian arranged for David and Alex to fly together from Tenerife to Birmingham Airport as part
of Alex's flight training as David is a training captain, giving him the chance to train his son at his first
airline job. David Kempton, 54, has 30 years' flying experience logging more than 14,000 hours which
has seen him work for several airlines and fly private jets for the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and 90s
pop groups. He joined Norwegian in 2013 and is the most senior pilot at Norwegian's Tenerife base

David Kempton, Base Chief Captain, Tenerife at Norwegian said: "It's truly an honour to take to the
skies and share the cockpit with my son as Norwegian pilots. I've always been fascinated with flying
and I've encouraged Alex to share my aviation passion at every opportunity so this is an extremely
proud moment. I'm very grateful to Norwegian for not only giving my son the opportunity to take-off
his flying career but also arranging for us to fly together on this special flight"

Alex Kempton, First Officer at Norwegian said: "I never would have thought my first pilot job would
involve getting trained by my dad as this has never been done before at Norwegian. From following
my dad to work at an early age to flying a brand-new Norwegian aircraft together is a little daunting
but very exciting. It's even more special that I flew alongside my dad into Birmingham Airport where
he spent his whole career before joining Norwegian"

David and Alex grew up in Warwickshire and share many hobbies beyond the cockpit which includes
playing rugby, golf and the piano. The pair also like to go from flying to fly-fishing when time allows
from their busy schedules. The Kempton's are truly a 'high-flying' family as David's dad had a passion
for flying and his daughter, Alex's older sister, is currently a cabin crew member with another airline
and is married to a pilot
Wednesday 14 June 2017

Thursday 8 June 2017 - Monarch Boeing 737-82R G-ZBAV operates its first crew training flight

Monarch Boeing 737-82R G-ZBAV was a morning departure to Durham Tees Valley....

.... as Monarch commenced a series of crew training flights prior to the aircrafts entry
into service at the end of June 2017 - it then continued onto Prestwick and Newquay

.... before returning to BHX at lunchtime - it operated the route in reverse during the
afternoon and will fly a similar pattern of flights over the coming days

Titan Boeing 757-256 G-ZAPX was a morning arrival when it positioned in
from Stansted to operate a charter to Rome

Freebird Airbus A320-214 TC-FHC operated the final flight of a series of weekly
seasonal IT flights to Antalya departing via Manchester

Icelandair Boeing 757-256 TF-FIU operated their flight to Reykjavik Keflavik....

.... the aircraft is in the special "Hekla Aurora" - Northern Lights - colour scheme

Vueling Airbus A321-231 EC-MLD operated their flight to Paris Orly

Czech Airlines Airbus A319-112 OK-NEP which is in the "Wow Prague" colour
scheme operated their flight to Prague

Lufthansa Airbus A321-131 D-AIRW which is in "Star Alliance" colours
operated their late afternoon service to Munich

SAS Boeing 737-683 SE-DNX operated their evening service to Copenhagen

GetJet Airlines Boeing 737-4Q8 LY-GTW operated the Norwegian service to Barcelona

Gulfstream 550 N524VE which had arrived on Wednesday spent the day parked up

Embraer Phenom 100 D-IDAS spent the day parked up before departing

Capital Super King Air G-ZVIP was a lunchtime visitor departing to Exeter

Brose Super King Air D-IBTA was a day stopping visitor on the Elmdon apron
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Birmingham Airport announces that Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, is to step down in July 2017

Birmingham Airport has announced that Paul Kehoe has decided to step down as Chief Executive effective
from Wednesday 12 July 2017. Paul has led a substantial transformation at Birmingham Airport since he joined
the business in October 2008, with passenger numbers growing from 9.5m to 12m in the year to March 2017

More recently, Paul has been increasingly involved in successfully promoting the West Midlands Region as
Chairman of Marketing Birmingham, President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and in
a new capacity as Chairman of the West Midlands Growth Company.  With the recently formed Combined
Authority and the appointment of a West Midlands Mayor, by stepping down from the Airport, Paul will be
able to focus on his regional commitments

Since his appointment, Paul's key achievements include:

+ Appointing and leading a strong and experienced management team to continue to develop the Airport.
+ Expansion of the route network and the number of airlines operating at Birmingham including daily services
to Delhi with Air India, A380 services to Dubai with Emirates, and the introduction of 18 new airlines including
Qatar Airways, Jet2 and the return of British Airways
+ Key developments which have significantly improved the Airport include a new International Pier, extension
of the runway to facilitate new long haul services, creation of a single Terminal and centralised security area,
construction of a new Air Traffic Control Tower and the establishment of a major engineering facility within
the Monarch Airlines Engineering Hangar, the in-sourcing of Air Traffic Control and the Airport Fire Service,
a complete overhaul and introduction of new retail brands including Marks & Spencer, Next, Superdry,
All Bar One, Hugo Boss and operating the most successful Airport Wetherspoons in the country


In addition, under Paul's leadership Birmingham Airport has been awarded

+ World's Most Punctual Airport in 2016
+ Star Airport of the Year Award 2014, 2015 and 2016
+ 2017 Routes Europe Award for Marketing for 4-20 million passengers Airport

John Hudson, Chairman of Birmingham Airport, said "On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our
grateful thanks to Paul for the tremendous contribution he has made to Birmingham Airport during the last
nine years. Under his leadership, the Airport has built relationships with new carriers, grown passenger
numbers to more than 12 million and delivered significant economic value to the region.  His connections
with the local community set Paul apart as a true industry leader.  He leaves with our strong support and
the highest admiration for his commitment to Birmingham Airport and the West Midlands"

Paul Kehoe said: "It has been a privilege to serve the people of the West Midlands by leading their Airport
at this exceptional time.  I planned originally to stay only for five years, but the challenge became so exciting
that I stayed for another four.  In every role there is a natural business cycle, and after delivering significant
airline and passenger growth, completing all the major development projects which resulted in a doubling of
the profit, generating significant dividends for shareholders and the region, I feel it is time for the next
generation to take the business forward"

Friday 9 June 2017

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