Tuesday 31 March 2015 - Qatar Airways Airbus A330-202 A7-ACJ is an early morning departure

Qatar Airways Airbus A330-202 A7-ACJ was an early morning departure when it positioned
out to Manchester after diverting to BHX on Monday evening due to strong winds

Wednesday 18 March 2015 - TAG Boeing 757-2K2 G-TCSX departs wearing "Four Seasons" titles

TAG Aviation Boeing 757-2K2 G-TCSX was an afternoon departure to Zurich the first time it has flown since
it arrived for attention by Monarch back on Wednesday 27 August 2014 - it currently wears "Four Seasons"
titles and insignia - the luxury hotel and resorts company who will be chartering the aircraft Photo: Mike Hollick

Friday 13 March 2015 - Royal Flying Doctor Service Super King Air VH-FDN arrives on delivery flight

Royal Flying Doctor Service (of Australia) Beech Super King Air VH-FDN was a lunchtime arrival
from Reykjavik on its delivery flight to Australia parking up to night stop on the Elmdon apron
- it is planned to continue onto Athens on Saturday morning Photo: Mike Hollick

Monday 9 March 2015 - Star Air Boeing 767-204ERF OY-SRH flying for UPS is an early morning visitor

Star Air Boeing 767-204ERF OY-SRH flying on behalf of UPS and now in their new colour scheme was
an early morning visitor to the Elmdon apron routing from Cologne to Belfast International via BHX
due to the overnight closure of the runway at East Midlands for maintenance Photo: Mike Hollick

Westair Gulfstream 650 EI-JSK was a morning arrival from Dublin as visitors started to arrive for the
"Cheltenham Festival" - this aircraft has replaced Gulfstream 550 EI-GDL while....

Netjets Global 6000 CS-GLB was an afternoon arrival from Dublin before positioning out to Farnborough

Air X Charter Boeing 737-505 9H-OME which had arrived back from Arvidsjaur, Sweden, on Friday
afternoon was an early morning departure to Bournemouth Photos: Mike Hollick

Hainan Airlines to operate an expanded programme of charter flights from Beijing to Birmingham in 2015

Hainan Airlines will be operating and expanded programme of Boeing 767-300
charter flights from Beijing to Birmingham Airport this summer following the
success of the short series on flights operated in July and August 2014
  
The joint initiative between Birmingham Airport, Hainan Airlines and Caissa Travel
Management - both members of the HNA Group -  continues to demonstrate the
enormous demand for more flights between the two countries

The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP,
today Tuesday 3 March 2015 welcomed news that Birmingham Airport will host
a programme of charter flights from Beijing this summer, carrying almost four 
thousand Chinese tourists into the UK on package tours and contributing
£19 million to the regional economy

The Secretary of State was speaking at a special event hosted by Birmingham
Airport and Visit Britain at The GREAT Festival in Shanghai.  The event was also
attended by President Chen Xiaobing of Caissa Touristic and Vice President
Hou Wei of Hainan Airlines as well as senior representatives from Birmingham’s
business community, media and HNA Group

The GREAT Festival in Shanghai is being led by the Duke of Cambridge Prince
William, Trade Minister Lord Livingston and the Culture Secretary

Hainan Airlines will operate twice weekly flights on a Boeing 767-300 aircraft,
with 233 seats – 34 in the business cabin and 199 in economy. The flights will
operate from Beijing to Birmingham each Friday and Monday, starting on
Friday 3rd July 2015 and ending on the Monday 31st August 2015

Birmingham Airport also unveiled its new Chinese branding – "Birmingham  Airport,
Shakespeare’s Airport" at the event. It will be used in China to promote Birmingham
as a gateway into the region which is home to many great places of interest to
Chinese visitors, such as Stratford upon Avon, the home of Shakespeare
  
Direct flights to China from Birmingham have been made possible thanks to an 
investment by Birmingham Airport to extend its runway to enable longer haul 
flights. The development was opened in April 2014 by the Prime Minister and 
was inaugurated by the first Birmingham-Beijing charter service operated by
China Southern Airlines in July 2014
  

Hainan Airlines Summer 2015 schedule to Birmingham Airport

Flights arrive from Beijing at 0800 and depart at 0930 on
Monday and Friday between 3 July and 31 August 2015

Flight will be operated by a 233 seat Boeing 767-300

All times local - Schedule/timings subject to change




Tuesday 3 March 2015

Thursday 26 February 2015 - DHL Air Boeing 767-3JHF G-DHLE departs after attention by Monarch

DHL Air Boeing 767-3JHF G-DHLE was a lunchtime departure to East Midlands after attention
by Monarch Aircraft Engineering starting up on Taxiway Lima.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... the aircraft had been pushed out of the Monarch hangar and towed Lima One

.... then taxying around the airport and along Taxiway Sierra

.... to depart off Runway 33 for a one hour air test before continuing onto East Midlands

easyJet Airbus A320-214 G-EZUD operated their flight to Geneva - its first visit to BHX

KLM cityhopper Fokker 70 PH-KZU which is in their new style colour scheme
operated their lunchtime service to Amsterdam

Icelandair Boeing 757-223 TF-ISK operated their flight to Reykjavik/Keflavik

Challenger 300 OE-HDU was a day stopping visitor to the Elmdon apron Photo: Mike Hollick

Multiflight Eurocopter Squirrel 2 G-WENA was a morning visitor while....

.... Army Air Corps Eurocopter Dauphin 2 ZJ780 was an evening visitor Photos: Mike Hollick

Tuesday 17 February 2015 - easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZDE now flying in their new colour scheme

easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZDE operated their lunchtime flight from Geneva.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... the first aircraft wearing the new easyJet colour scheme to visit BHX Photo: Ron Kosys

.... the aircraft was soon on its way back to Geneva Photo: Brett Allen

Turkish Airlines "Sharklet" Airbus A321-231 TC-JSL operated their afternoon service to Istanbul Photo: Brett Allen

KLM Boeing 737-8K2 PH-BXV operated their morning service to Amsterdam

Bright Flight Antonov 26B LZ-FLL was an early morning arrival from Liege parking up to night stop Photo: Mike Hollick

2-MIKE Rockwell Commander 114B - a Guernsey registered aircraft - and....

Gallagher Eurocopter Squirrel II G-CHER where day stopping visitors to the Elmdon apron Photos: Mike Hollick

Monday 16 February 2015 - Flairjet Embraer Phenom 300 G-CRBN is a morning departure

Flairjet Embraer Phenom 300 G-CRBN which had arrived at its new BHX base on Friday afternoon
for the first time reappeared out of the Marshall's/Flairjet hangar before departing to Farnborough

Citation Sovereign OE-GMM was a morning visitor to a very wet the Elmdon apron

Icelandair Boeing 757-256 TF-FIU which is in the "Hekla Aurora"/Northern Lights special
colour scheme again operated their new scheduled service from Reykjavik/Keflavik

Sunday 15 February 2015 - Mistral Air Boeing 737-4Q8 EI-ELZ operates an ski additional IT flight to Turin

Mistral Air Boeing 737-4Q8 EI-ELZ which had positioned in on Saturday evening was an early
morning departure operating an additional ski IT/inclusive tour flight to Turin for the "Half Term"
holiday - it wears "Poste Italiane" titles and normally operates for the Italian Post Office

Swiss Airbus A321-111 HB-IOD operated their morning service to Zurich

Monarch Airbus A320-214 G-OZBY positioned out to Manchester after a visit to the hangar

PIA Boeing 777-240LR AP-BGZ operated their flight from Islamabad

Saturday 14 February 2015 - Niki Airbus A321-211 OE-LEZ operates additional IT flight to Salzburg

Niki Airbus A321-211 OE-LEZ positioned in to operate an additional ski IT/inclusive tour flight to Salzburg....

.... for the start of a busy "Half Term" holiday - while many aircraft in the Niki fleet are now
in basic Air Berlin colours this aircraft retains the distinctive fly (Niki) on the nose

Swiss Airbus A321-111 HB-IOH which now wears their new style titles operated their morning service while....

.... Airbus A321-212 HB-IOM positioned in to operate an additional morning service to Zurich

Austrian Airbus A320-214 OE-LBQ operated their weekly IT flight to Innsbruck

Fox Flight Learjet 35A C-GIWO which had arrived on Friday evening operating an air ambulance
flight was a morning departure to Keflavik, Iceland, on its way back to Canada

Netjets Falcon 2000EX CS-DLC was a morning arrival spending the day on the Elmdon apron

TAG Aviation Boeing 757-2K2 G-TCSX was again pushed out of the Monarch hangar for a short time

Friday 13 February 2015 - Turkish Airbus A321-231 TC-JSJ now flying in "Borussia Dortmund" colours

Turkish Airlines "Sharklet" Airbus A321-231 TC-JSJ operated their morning service from Istanbul....

.... it now wears the "BVB 09 - Borussia Dortmund" colour scheme replacing 73H TC-JHU Photo: Brett Allen

Lufthansa Airbus A321-231 D-AISI operated their morning service to Frankfurt while....

Swiss Airbus A320-214 HB-IJB operated their service to Zurich as the "Half Term" holiday rush started

bmi regional Embraer 145EP G-RJXA was an afternoon arrival on from Stansted brining in
West Ham for their "FA Cup" tie against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon

Aerovision Citation II F-GGGA was a day stopping visitor on the Elmdon apron

Thursday 12 February 2015 - Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov 12BK UR-CAJ departs to Prestwick

Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov 12BK UR-CAJ which had arrived from Graz on Wednesday evening....

.... was a morning departure to Prestwick

Icelandair Boeing 757-208 TF-FIO operated their flight to Reykjavik/Keflavik - its first visit to BHX

easyJet Airbus A320-214 G-EZUZ operated their flight from Geneva in place of the usual Airbus A319

Challenger 605 HB-JGT made a brief morning visit departing to Stuttgart returning during the afternoon

Air Service Liege Super King Air OO-GMJ was a day stopping visitor to the Elmdon apron Photo: Brett Allen

FlightCal Navajo Chieftain G-VIPP was busy during the day checking the Runway 33 ILS

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