Emergency Planning Exercise at Birmingham Airport

An Emergency Planning Exercise took place at Birmingham Airport on Sunday 7 December 2014....

.... the Airport Fire Service deployed to an "incident" involving an aircraft
and a bus adjacent to former Taxiway Kilo on the western side of the airfield

.... the new fleet of state of the art Oshkosh Fire fighting vehicles being used to full effect

.... with the West Midlands Ambulance, Fire and Police services attending in support

.... further emergency service vehicles arrive on the Elmdon site with the "incident" in the background

Sunday 7 December 2014

Sunday 7 December 2014 - Enter Air Boeing 737-4Q8 SP-ENB and SP-ENA off to the Arctic to see Santa!

Enter Air Boeing 737-4Q8 SP-ENB was a morning departure to Enontekio operating a "Santa" flight....

.... to Arctic Finland - the aircraft wears additional "Transun" titles - the tour operator

Enter Air Boeing 737-4Q8 SP-ENA which had arrived on its first visit to BHX on Saturday
evening had earlier departed operating a day trip to the same destination to see Santa


Cotswold Aero Club Robin DR.400 G-BKDJ and....

RAF Islander CC2 ZH536 were afternoon visitors to the Elmdon apron Photos: Mike Hollick

An Emergency Planning Exercise took place during the day - for a photo report see here

Sunday 14 December 2014 - Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-OZBP now painted in Aegean Airlines colours

Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-OZBP returned from East Midlands now painted in Aegean Airlines colours

Titan Boeing 757-256 G-ZAPX operated the first service of a new weekly
IT/inclusive tour flight to Chambery for the ski season

Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 G-TCDA operated their afternoon flight to Arrecife....

.... it wears additional "Egypt where it all begins" titles advertising that country

Germanwings Airbus A319-132 D-AGWX operated their service from Hamburg

Falcon 7X N85DN - the aircraft used by Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner - was
an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

Saturday 6 December 2014 - easyJet resume their Geneva service for the 2014/15 ski season

easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZAA was an afternoon arrival from Geneva
as they resumed their flights for the 2014/15 ski season

Lufthansa Airbus A319-114 D-AILF operated their lunchtime service to Frankfurt
- the aircraft is in "Star Alliance" colours

VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLZ operated a day stopping charter from Guernsey....

.... arriving in the half light - this is its first visit since the aircraft has been
repainted into the new VLM scheme - it was previously in CityJet colours

Friday 5 December 2014 - Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-OZBP departs to East Midlands for repainting

Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-OZBP was a lunchtime departure to East Midlands....

.... for repainting into the colours of Aegean Airlines - the aircraft had operated
its final service for Monarch from Las Palmas on Thursday 20 November 2014

.... and has since been in the Monarch hangar undergoing end of service checks Photo: Mike Hollick

Hi Fly Airbus A310-304 CS-TEX positioned in from Brussels in preparation
for operating their weekend flights to Hannover and Paderborn

Citation CJ3 F-GSMG made a brief lunchtime visit to the Elmdon apron.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... departing to Geneva off Runway 33

Monday 10 November 2014 - Airbus A320-214 G-OZBK departs to Halifax and onto Mexico City

Airbus A320-214 G-OZBK which is now devoid of Monarch titles and insignia....

.... was a morning departure Halifax, Nova Scotia, and onto Mexico City

Jet2 Boeing 737-8K5 G-GDFX positioned in from Leeds - its first visit to BHX....

.... to operate a charter to St Petersburg taking a Russian orchestra home after their UK tour

Danish Air Transport/DAT ATR 72-202 OY-RUG operated the mid-morning
Aer Lingus Regional/Stobart Air service from Dublin

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DES which is currently wearing a moustache in support
of the Movember Foundation operated their afternoon service from Dublin

Titan Airbus A320-233 G-POWI was towed out of the Monarch hangar....

.... parking on Stand 505 minus it's port engine with....

Thomson Boeing 767-304ER G-OBYG which had arrived the previous week being
towed across from the 80s stands to replace it in the Monarch hangar

Monarch Boeing 757-2T7 G-DAJB performed engine runs on Taxiway Echo during the afternoon

Falcon 2000 OY-CKN made a brief morning visit to the Elmdon apron

RVL/Geomatics Group Cessna 404 Titan G-MIND which had been based overnight (on standby)
at BHX because of the overnight closure of East Midlands runway for maintenance departed

Norwegian announce flights from Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga to Birmingham for summer 2015

Norwegian - Europe's third largest low-fare airline - have announced that flights will
commence from Birmingham Airport to Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga next summer

Norwegian will offer regular services to the trio of Spanish routes, with Madrid
becoming a brand new destination from Birmingham

Madrid will commence on the 31st March and will operate each Tuesday,
Thursday and Sunday.  Malaga will commence on the 30th March and will
operate every Monday, Friday and Saturday, and Barcelona will start on the
1st June and fly each Monday and Friday

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport said, “We are very pleased
to be able to announce this new airline and offer more new routes from
Birmingham, and I thank Norwegian for choosing to launch Birmingham to these
popular Spanish destinations

"Although Norwegian is new to the Midlands market, I am certain that
consumers – both business and leisure - will be impressed with the carrier’s
low fares and efficient service, which has allowed them to grow to carry
more than 20 million passengers a year. We are therefore very pleased to be
welcoming Norwegian to Birmingham next summer"

Norwegian will operate a 186 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with a one service cabin
and free wi-fi

Chief Commercial Officer, Thomas Ramdahl of Norwegian, added, “We’re happy
to announce that Norwegian is launching new routes from Birmingham to
several destinations in Spain 

"We are looking forward to offering our low fares and award-winning service
to travellers in the greater Birmingham area and welcoming them on board our
brand new and more environmentally friendly fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft
with free WiFi"

Tickets are available through www.norwegian.com or through travel agents.


Thursday 11 December 2014

Turkish Airlines to increase Istanbul to Birmingham service to 12 flights a week for summer 2015!!

Turkish Airlines will be increasing the frequency of their service from Istanbul to Birmingham
Airport to 12 flights a week from the start of the summer schedules on Sunday 29 March 2015

Flights will operate twice daily except on Tuesday and Wednesday with the additional
flights already on sale - please see below for the summer 2015 schedule

Turkish Airlines schedule at Birmingham Airport from Sunday 29 March 2015 

1015/1115 TK1967/1968 73J from/to Istanbul
- operates daily except Tuesday
1455/1555 TK1969/1970 73H from/to Istanbul
- operates daily except Wednesday

Actual aircraft types subject to change!!


Wednesday 10 December 2014

Thursday 4 December 2014 - KLM cityhopper Fokker 70 PH-KZM now flying in their new colour scheme

KLM cityhopper Fokker 70 PH-KZM operated their lunchtime service to Amsterdam
- its first visit since it was repainted into their new style colour scheme

Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-OZBP visited the Elmdon apron to perform some engine runs
- the aircraft is currently undergoing end of service checks prior to leaving the Monarch fleet

Air Hamburg Citation XLS+ D-CGAA was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

SaxonAir Super King Air G-KLNB was a morning arrival parking up for the day

National Police Air Service Eurocopter EC 135 P2+ G-CPAS was a morning visitor

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