Wednesday 23 April 2014

AIS Airlines Jetstream 32 PH-OCI operated the afternoon Eastern Airways flight from Newcastle
- its first visit to BHX. The aircraft is in the basic colours of Swedish airline direktflyg and had
earlier positioned into Newcastle to takeover from PH-CCI which had operated the Newcastle to
Birmingham route on behalf of Eastern Airways since Wednesday 5 February 2014
More photos later

Friday 18 April 2014 - former TACA Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAJ arrives on delivery to Monarch

Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAJ was a morning arrival at the end of its delivery flight from
Houston via St Johns, Newfoundland - it was previously registered N567TA with TACA

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

Aviation Starlink Falcon 2000EX C-GOHB which had arrive on Wednesday
was a morning departure to Paris Le Bourget Photo: Rob Stevens

Piper Malibu Mirage N186CB was a morning visitor to the Elmdon apron

Wednesday 16 April 2014 - Falcon 2000EX C-GOHB is an early evening arrival from Montreal Dorval

Aviation Starlink Falcon 2000EX C-GOHB was an early evening arrival
from Montreal Dorval parking up to night stop on the Elmdon apron

March 2014 passengers at Birmingham Airport‏‏‏‏

Birmingham Airport handled 654,683 passengers during March 2014
- an increase of 4.5% on the previous year
Another excellent month! - March and April always need to be looked at
as one because of the moveable dates of Easter (which is in April this
year) and on an underlying basis the increase in March was in line with
the rolling 8% increase achieved in the previous three months
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, said: "March has been another
great month for us and continues the upward trend that we have seen
in recent months, where more and more passengers are choosing to fly
from Birmingham"
"These passenger figures mean we enter the summer season in a good
position and hope to build on this success. The completion of the runway
extension and the introduction of nine new routes to Florence, Cologne, Porto,
Toulouse, Alicante, Palma Mallorca, Bordeaux, Ibiza and Reykjavik with flybe
in particular, show there are exciting times ahead for Birmingham Airport" 
During March significant growth was achieved
on scheduled flights to destinations such as -
Fuerteventura 95.3%, Stuttgart 78.6%, Arrecife 75.3%,
Chambery 59.7%, Guernsey 43.0% Hannover 40.8%,
Milan 39.4%, Istanbul 33.1%, Dublin 16.9%, 
Frankfurt 12.9% Paris CDG 8.8% and Dubai 6.5% 
Charter traffic which experience growth included -
Turkey 273.6% and Barbados 83.0% 
Scheduled traffic accounted for 89.1% of the total
passenger traffic in March whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 10.9%

Wednesday 16 April 2014

flybe's "#purpleplane" operates their inaugural flight to Cologne from Birmingham Airport

flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has celebrated the first inaugural flight of
eight brand new routes to operate from Birmingham Airport with passengers taking
flight to Cologne on the carrier’s distinctive Dash 8Q-402 signature purple aircraft

To mark the importance of this key route being re-established and introducing
convenient affordable business connections between the two cities, a high profile
contingent of regional business VIPs headed up by Peter Mathews CMG, UK Trade
& industry Export Ambassador and Beatrix Troger from the German British Chamber
of Commerce, honoured the flight with their presence. They were accompanied by
Mandy Haque, Sales & Travel Trade Relationship Manager at Birmingham Airport
and flybe’s Regional Sales Manager, Paul Willoughby
Dash 8Q-402 G-JECY "#purpleplane" operated the inaugural flight to Cologne
Paul Simmons, flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: "The start of our new routes
mark the tangible reality of our major expansion at Birmingham and we are delighted
that such an influential business contingent was able to join us on our "purple flight"
to Cologne. In being the Fastest Way from A to Flybe, we’re particularly pleased that
they could experience personally flybe Purple, the beginning of a new era with an
invigorated product and service offering

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, commented: "A great day for flybe and
Birmingham Airport today with the start of eight new routes being launched. The
new purple plane took to the sunny skies from Birmingham this morning with our
VIP business passengers and members of the Airport team on board to endorse the
Cologne route. This business route is key to many of the local businesses in the area.
flybe’s new routes now offer passengers even more choice from their local Airport

Embraer 175 G-FBJH G-FBJH operated their first service back from Florence
But this was not flybe’s only inaugural flight today, as also taking off was the first
of its daily flights to Florence - the first time ever this route has been offered out of
Birmingham. This is to be followed tomorrow/Friday 11 April 2014 by the airline’s
inaugural flight to Porto and its new service to Alicante which starts on Saturday

The remaining four of flybe’s new routes from Birmingham will take off in May, with
Bordeaux, Palma and Toulouse starting on 13 May and Newquay on 16 May 2014

With a record 12 aircraft based at the airport, Birmingham has become flybe’s largest base. 
This summer, it will be operating 32 routes to and from Birmingham with a total choice of up 
to 381 return flights a week. One way fares are from £24.99 including taxes and charges

Thursday 10 April 2014

Wednesday 9 April 2014 - flybe Dash 8Q-402 G-JECY their new "#purpleplane" visits BHX for first time!!

flybe Dash 8Q-402 G-JECY was a morning arrival from Edinburgh - the aircraft has recently been
repainted into a new purple colour scheme and named "Spirit of LIBERUM".... Photo Ian Bowley

.... the "#purpleplane" then operated the afternoon flybe service to Aberdeen Photo: Brett Allen

Thomson Boeing 757-2G5 G-OOBP operated their weekly IT flight to Cape Verde

AIS Airlines Jetstream 32 PH-CCI operated the morning Eastern Airways flight from Newcastle

Thursday 10 April 2014

Aviavilsa Antonov 26B HA-TCV was an early morning arrival from Brescia, Italy,
parking up on the Elmdon apron Photo: Mike Hollick
More photos later

Saturday 5 April 2014 - former Royal Jordanian Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAK arrives on delivery to Monarch

Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAK was an afternoon arrival from Amman, Jordan, on delivery to Monarch
- the aircraft is still in the colours of Royal Jordanian and was previously registered JY-AYJ

Friday 4 April 2014 - Monarch Boeing 757-2T7 G-MONJ flying for "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway"!

Boeing 757-2T7 G-MONJ was rolled out of the Monarch Hangar this morning/Friday wearing
"Ant & Dec's Saturday night takeaway" titles and has since positioned to out Gatwick
For those not familiar with "Ant & Dec" they are TV personalties who have a light entertainment
show on Saturday evening in ITV1 - "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" and the aircraft is
to be used for a trip to Orlando Sanford departing from Leeds on Saturday 5 April 2014

Prime Minster David Cameron visits Birmingham Airport and the site of the runway extension

Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe, Prime Minister David Cameron, Nicky Morgan Economic Secretary
to the Treasury and Caroline Spelman MP for Meriden inspecting Birmingham Airport’s runway extension
- background shows engineering apprentices fitting the final lights on the runway extension
Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Birmingham Airport which is just weeks away
from the opening of its 400 metre runway extension, a development that is expected to
create 8,000 jobs in the Midlands by 2020 as the airport expands to cope with increased
demand for air travel from around the globe 

David Cameron said during the visit: "The announcement of 8,000 jobs from Birmingham
Airport is more great news in a week where we are cutting tax for 26 million hard-working
people and taking over 3 million people out of income tax altogether. These are two
significant announcements which will help give people financial security for the future"
 The Prime Minister welcomed the news after witnessing the final lights being fitted on
the runway extension by engineering apprentices, who have gained full-time employment
as a direct result of the infrastructure project

As a sign of confidence in the expanded airport, last month saw an announcement that
flights between Beijing and Birmingham, operated by China Southern Airlines, will begin
this summer. They will be the first direct charter flights from China to Britain and the
first ever direct flights from China to a British airport outside of London
The site of the runway extension, new parallel taxiway - in the foreground - with the
new ATC Tower and hangar for Monarch Aircraft Engineering in the background
 Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, added: "Receiving this endorsement from the
Prime Minister as our runway extension nears completion is fantastic for everyone
involved in the project.  Birmingham is recognised as an airport that is delivering
real growth and supporting thousands of new jobs

"The main driver for this growth is the runway extension. By 2020, based on today’s
demand, Birmingham Airport is forecast to handle 15 million passengers a year, an
increase of six million. This passenger growth will generate an additional 4,000 jobs
on-site and a further 4,000 in the immediate supply chain"

David Cameron talks to John Morris, Public Affairs Director of Birmingham Airport, Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive 
of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and John Hudson OBE, Chairman of Birmingham Airport
During the visit, Mr Cameron also met with local business leaders from across the
region, who welcome greater connectivity from their local airport. The longer runway
will allow aircraft to fly to destinations further away and support more direct long-haul
flights to emerging economies currently out of reach, such as Brazil and China

The runway expansion is just one part of a long-term investment programme, worth
over £300 million at Birmingham Airport. The earlier stages have already delivered a
new combined passenger terminal, a new maintenance hangar for Monarch Aircraft
Engineering and a new state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control tower
Thursday 3 April 2014

"Chiltern Classic Flight" Chipmunks G-BPCU and G-HRFH flypast ATC Tower at Birmingham‏ Airport

"Chiltern Classic Flight" Chipmunks G-BPCU and G-HFRH performed a flypast....

.... of the new ATC Tower at Birmingham Airport on Monday 17 March 2014

.... both aircraft had flown in from Booker before breaking off to land on Runway 33

.... first in was Chipmunk 22 G-BCPU "Chiltern 1" which wears a British Airways scheme

.... followed in by Chipmunk 22 G-HFRH "Chiltern 2" which is marked as Royal Navy WK635

The flypast had been organised to celebrate Anthony Hatch's - second from right....

.... time as a NATS - National Air Traffic Services - Watch Manager at Birmingham Airport

After a visit to the Elmdon apron Chipmunk 22 G-BCPU "Chiltern 1" and....

.... Chipmunk 22 G-HFRH "Chiltern 2"

.... were on their way back to Kemble - G-BPCU - and Turweston - G-HFRH

.... with a "Chiltern Classic Flight" formation departure off Runway 33

Photos: Brett Allen and Mike Hollick
The Chipmunks are operated by Chiltern Classic Flight - for more information see -

Monday 17 March 2014

flybe's new purple world comes to Birmingham!!‏

flybe have announced a major re-branding that will see the world turn purple!

As part of this the new ATC Tower will be painted purple - artists impression above  

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Tuesday 18 March 2014 - Abelag Aviation Learjet 45 OO-EPU visits the Elmdon apron

Abelag Aviation Learjet 45 OO-EPU was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron while....

Gulfstream 550 N556TT was a early morning arrival parking up to night stop Photos: Mike Hollick

Hawker 4000 N46WC which had arrived on Monday evening....

.... was an afternoon departure Photos: Brett Allen

Monday 17 March 2014 - skydive nuggets Cessna 208B Grand Caravan D-FALB visits on a charter

skydive nuggets Cessna 208B Grand Caravan D-FALB was a lunchtime visitor
operating a freight charter from Hohenems in Austria while....

Gulfstream IV N181CR was a morning arrival parking up to night stop

Hawker 4000 N46WC was an afternoon arrival parking up to night stop while...

Hawker 800 XP OM-USS was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

MyJet Cessna 510 Mustang I-STCC which had arrived on Sunday evening spent
the day parked up before departing

"Chiltern Flight" - Chipmunks G-HFRH and G-BCPU - performed a flypast at lunchtime
before visiting the Elmdon apron Photos: Mike Hollick

Sunday 16 March 2014 - Germanwings Airbus A320-211 D-AIQH operates their flight from Berlin

Germanwings Airbus A320-211 D-AIQH operated their flight from Berlin Tegel in place of the usual A319

Blue1 Boeing 717-23S OH-BLJ operated the SAS service from Stockholm Arlanda Photos: Ian Bowley

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