Air India to increase Delhi and Amritsar service to daily flight from Sunday 21 December 2014

Air India have confirmed that they will be increasing their Birmingham-Delhi-Amritsar
service to a daily flight with effect from Sunday 21 December 2014 
  
The flight is operated by a Boeing 787 "dreamliner", which has a 256 split seat cabin
consisting of 18 business class and 238 economy seats, and this increase in frequency will
provide an extra 1,500 seats a week and give passengers greater choice, flexibility and
opportunity to travel from the convenience of Birmingham Airport to Amritsar and Delhi,
and onwards on Air India’s extensive global network which is now part of the "Star Alliance"

Air India schedule at Birmingham Airport from Sunday 21 December 2014

1700/2030 AI113/114 Boeing 787 "dreamliner" from/to Amritsar via Delhi
- operates daily - Air India


  
Wednesday 26 November 2014

October 2014 passengers at Birmingham Airport‏‏‏‏‏‏‏

Birmingham Airport handled 878,689 passengers during October 2014
- an increase of 5.8% on the previous year

Another solid result and while not a "record month" the airport remains
on track for a record year for the first time since 2008....

.... indeed because of the number of new flybe routes that have been added
for the winter schedule together with the continuation of many that started
during the summer both November and December should be record months

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport CEO said: "We’ve seen more and more passengers
choose Birmingham Airport this summer, breaking records along the way, so it’s
only fitting we end the season with another really strong performance"

"This summer has raised the bar for next year and we’re confident we can rise
to that challenge. Not only are we seeing many airlines increasing frequencies
and operating bigger aircraft that have more seats for next summer, but recently
we announced two key new routes to New York JFK with American Airlines and
Barcelona with Vueling, both starting in summer 2015"

Paul added: "We’ll look to build on what has been a fantastic summer, as we
enter an equally challenging winter period, supported with new routes to Berlin,
Oslo and Hamburg with Flybe, as well as extended services to Cologne, Toulouse,
Bordeaux, Florence, Oporto and Reykjavik"

While, as a result of the recession, passengers numbers at Birmingham Airport
have hovered around 9 million since 2008 it really does look if they will break
through 10 million for the first time in 2015 - and with some style!
  
During October significant growth was achieved
on scheduled flights to destinations such as -
Barcelona 76.7%, Hannover 76.5%, Stuttgart 70.4%,
Milan 68.8%, Jersey 64.3%, Tenerife 36.5%,
Lyon 36.3%, Copenhagen 31.4%, Dublin 24.8%,
Paris 8.0%, Dubai 4.9% and Istanbul 1.5%


Charter traffic which experience growth included -
Jamaica 37.9%, Italy 25.3 and Mexico 23.8%
  
Scheduled traffic accounted for 83.8% of the total
passenger traffic in October whilst charter
passengers made up the remaining 16.4%

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Saturday 8 November 2014 - Monarch Boeing 757-2T7 G-MONJ is a morning arrival from Manchester

Monarch Boeing 757-2T7 G-MONJ was a morning arrival from Manchester....

.... parking up on Stand 81 - this is the second of the three remaining Boeing 757s to be withdrawn from service

Airbus A320-214 G-OZBK which had operated its final passenger service the previous Sunday....

.... was pushed out of the hangar now devoid of Monarch titles and insignia and
was towed across to Stand 82 - it is planned to depart to Mexico City on Monday

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-FEH positioned in from Manchester for parking - its first visit to BHX....

.... later joined by Boeing 737-8AS EI-FEG which operated their afternoon service to Dublin

bmi regional Embraer 145EP G-RJXG was an afternoon arrival bring Newcastle United
in for their Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday

Monarch Aircraft Engineering - MAEL - completes successful first year at Birmingham Airport‏

Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s (MAEL) Birmingham Airport maintenance facility today
celebrates a highly successful first 12 months of operation, having completed over
1,000 aircraft maintenance events for 15 different airlines

MAEL engineers at the facility, which opened on 26 November, 2013, have completed
a variety of aircraft maintenance events and inputs in the past year, for customers
including AirTanker, DHL, easyJet, Estonian Air, flybe, flydubai, Jet2.com, Monarch,
Norwegian, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways, Titan Airways and Twinjet

The facility’s versatility coupled with MAEL’s breadth of engineering skill have enabled
it to carry out over 210,000 hours of maintenance on aircraft ranging in size from
50 seats to over 300, including the Bombardier Q400, Embraer 175/195, A320 family,
A330, Boeing 737NG, 757, 767 and 787 "dreamliner"

Highlights of the past year include maintenance on a Norwegian Boeing 787 "dreamliner",
for which MAEL is a Boeing GoldCare provider, simultaneous maintenance on three Monarch
Airlines Airbus A300 aircraft and S4C work on a Titan Airways Boeing 767

Ian Bartholomew, Interim Managing Director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, says: "The
first year of operations at our Birmingham facility have exceeded our plans, with maintenance
for more aircraft from a wider range of operators than we had anticipated"

"In addition to the work for Monarch Airlines, our ever-increasing amount of third party
maintenance for other operators now accounts for the vast majority of our operation
– both in Birmingham at our other facilities in Luton and Manchester"

Since the opening of the 110,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility, MAEL has created jobs for
over 150 skilled engineers, and this number is set to increase further in 2015 with a further
intake of trainee engineers through MAEL’s renowned apprenticeship scheme

MAEL’s Birmingham facility can accommodate almost every aircraft type in its two bays. It
incorporates industry-leading design and build standards and is one of the first to have the
capacity for Boeing 787 "dreamliner" maintenance, with sufficient capacity for other wide body
aircraft, such as the Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350.

It is large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or 10 narrow-body aircraft
and contains a number of component-repair and back shops. The vast building, covering around
2.5 acres is big enough to house four full size football pitches, 2,400 Minis or 450 double decker buses



Wednesday 26 November 2014

Aegean Airlines return to Birmingham Airport for Summer 2015 with increased capacity to Athens

Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest carrier and a Star Alliance member, has announced that
it will increase capacity between Birmingham and Athens for its return in Summer 2015,
following the successful launch of the route in June this year

Operating each Wednesday and Sunday between the end of March and October 2015, the
Birmingham-Athens service not only provides passengers with a direct link to the Greek
capital but also onward connectivity throughout the Greek islands and mainland Greece
on Aegean’s domestic and international extensive network

The flights will operate using 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft, offering a dual class configuration
and full on-board service, which includes complimentary food and drink

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said, "It’s no surprise
that this Athens service from Birmingham has been such a success as it provides direct access
to Athens and choice across the Greek Islands, which are hugely popular with British tourists"

"We are therefore delighted that the team at Aegean has not only recognized the demand in
the Midlands region to recommence services at the end of March but also increase capacity
over the summer months from Birmingham"

Flights are available to book now via www.aegeanair.com or through travel agents, with a
lead in round trip fare in April and May 2015 costing £113.38 including taxes

Business class passengers and Gold card members have business lounge access at Birmingham
Airport and Gold card members are also eligible for extra baggage allowance

Aegean Airlines schedule from Birmingham Airport effective from Sunday 29 March 2015

2130/2215 A3 636/637 320 from/to Athens
- operates on Wednesday and Sunday - Aegean

Flights operate to 21 October 2015
Wednesday 26 November 2014

Sunday 23 November 2014 - Gama Aviation Super King Air G-GMAD visits the Elmdon apron

Gama Aviation Super King Air G-GMAD was a morning arrival from Newcastle
spending the day parked up on the Elmdon apron

Hi Fly Airbus A330-243 CS-TFZ operated their weekly flight to Paderborn....

.... the aircraft is in the basic colour scheme of flynas the Saudi Arabian airline

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-9F2ER TC-JYF operated their morning service to Istanbul

Stobart Air/Aer Lingus Regional ATR 72-201 EI-REI operated the morning flybe service to the Isle of Man

Thursday 20 November 2014 - Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-ENW makes its first visit to BHX

Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-ENW operated their flight to Dubai - its first visit to BHX

Thomson Boeing 757-28A G-OOBE which had arrived the previous Friday wearing TCS Expeditions titles
reappeared out of the Monarch hangar and was towed across to Taxiway Tango for engine runs

Cavok Air Antonov 12B UR-CJN spent the morning parked up on the Elmdon apron....

.... allowing a close view of the aircraft

.... before departing in the gathering gloom to Eindhoven

Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Eastern Saab 2000 G-CDKB operates morning service to Newcastle

Eastern Saab 2000 G-CDKB operated their morning service to Newcastle in place of the usual Jetstream 41....

.... following Jetstream 41 G-MAJE making a precautionary landing on Monday morning
- after parking on Stand 505 it was latter towed into the Monarch hangar for repairs

Stobart Air ATR 72-201 EI-REH operated the morning Aer Lingus service to Shannon

Monarch Boeing 757-2T7 G-MONJ which has now been withdrawn from service remains parked up on Stand 81

Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov 12BP UR-CGV was an afternoon arrival from Prague....

.... after off-loading it was soon on its way to Frankfurt Hahn

.... making its usual distinctive departure off Runway 33

Cross Aviation Citation XLS N575NR was a day stopping visitor to the Elmdon apron

Citation CJ1 D-ITIP made a brief lunchtime visit

Woodgate/"Northern Ireland Air Ambulance" Super King Air G-NIAA was an afternoon visitor

Saturday 22 November 2014 - Hi Fly Airbus A330-243 CS-TFZ flying to Hannover in basic flynas colours

Hi Fly Airbus A330-243 CS-TFZ which had positioned in from Rome on Friday on its first visit to BHX....

.... operated their weekly flight to Hannover - the aircraft is in the basic colour scheme of
Saudi Arabian carrier flynas to whom the aircraft had been leased during the summer

Monarch Boeing 757-2T7 G-DAJB has reappeared out of their hangar now minus titles....

.... and insignia and was towed to Taxiway Echo for some engine runs

IAS Medical Super King Air G-IASA was a morning visitor operating an air ambulance flight

Friday 21 November 2014 - Challenger 300 S5-FUN is a morning Gloucester weather diversion

Challenger 300 S5-FUN was a morning arrival from Oslo when it diverted in due to
poor weather at Gloucester parking up to night stop on the Elmdon apron

Lufthansa Flight Training Citation CJ1+ D-ILHA made two approaches and "touch and goes"
to Runway 15 at lunchtime before continuing onto Doncaster

Citation XLS YU-SPB was a late afternoon arrival from Luton

Agusta A-109SP GrandNew G-MAOL which arrived on Thursday evening spent the day parked up

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-FEF operated their morning flight from Dublin - its first visit to BHX

Wednesday 19 November 2014 - Cavok Air Antonov 12B UR-CJN night stops on the Elmdon apron

Cavok Air Antonov 12B UR-CJN spent the night parked up on the Elmdon apron.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... it had earlier arrived from Prague in the gathering gloom

.... unusually parking nose onto the Elmdon building

.... and making the perfect shot from the Elmdon crash gate

Monarch Boeing 757-2T7 G-MONK remains parked up on the Elmdon apron awaiting its turn in the hangar

Hamburg Airways Airbus A320-214 D-AHHD operated their weekly flight to Hannover

Hawker 800XP N435JD which had arrived on Tuesday evening spent the day parked up while....

United Technologies Falcon 2000EX N310U was an evening arrival parking up to night stop Photos: Mike Hollick

Cessna 210N Centurion N67JK made a brief lunchtime visit while....

RAF Islander CC2 ZH536 made a late afternoon visit

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