Eurocopter EC-155B P4-HEC was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron....
.... it was ferrying Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to the airport
after his teams Premier league match against Aston Villa.... .
.... Falcon 900DX OE-IDX having arrived earlier to collect him . Also parked on the Elmdon apron was Falcon 900EX N85CL which is operated for Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner . Titan Boeing 737-300 G-POWC operated their weekly IT flight from Chambery . Swiss Airbus A320 HB-IJI operated their lunchtime rotation from Zurich in place of the usual Helvetic Fokker 100 .
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DLF wears additional
"Bye Bye SkyEurope" titles .
Twinjet Airbus A319CJ G-NMAK was a morning departure
Good old-fashioned customer service, day return flights and some
of the UK’s highest levels of on-time performance have helped
Eastern Airways provide the Midlands with a reliable year round
service from Birmingham to the Isle of Man for the last five years .
The UK regional airline, consistently rated Birmingham International
Airport’s best on-time performer, offers schedules and timings
aimed at the business community, particularly those in the financial
services sector, as well as great choice for leisure travellers visiting
the Isle of Man and the Midlands
. Eastern Airways provides 26 flights a week between Birmingham
and the Isle of Man. Most businesses, including financial institutions
and life assurance industries are located in the island’s capital,
Douglas. The Isle of Man has long established holiday towns in
Peel and Port Erin, along with dramatic coastlines and it’s also
home to the world’s largest waterwheel and the world
famous TT motorbike races .
The airline, which was formed 11 years ago at its Humberside Airport base in North Lincolnshire, first started flying the Birmingham – Isle of Man route in 2004 when British Airways CitiExpress withdrew its services . Eastern Airways has continued to build a loyal following in the
Midlands with its punctual flights and its cabin crew provide a
friendly, personalised service to customers, including a fully
inclusive onboard service
. Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ ground services manager, said:
"Reliable, regular transport links are vital for business and
we’ve provided a dependable air service to the Isle of Man
for the last five years. Our timings enable Midlands’ business
travellers to avoid overnight stays, while our punctual flights
and attentive onboard service, which is often regarded as
reminiscent of the golden age of travel, help us to deliver high
levels of service to our customers" .
Peter Vella, business development director, Birmingham
International Airport, said: "Eastern Airways is an asset to
Birmingham International Airport as a full service carrier
that really does offer business passengers all that is needed
for their trip, especially reliability and punctuality. We are
delighted to have worked with Eastern Airways on the Isle
of Man route and look forward to many more years of
partnership" . A high frequency service to Newcastle is also offered by
In response to consumer demand, bmibaby (WW) has announced extra flights from the Midlands to the Mediterranean this summer. The low cost airline has increased capacity on its popular sunshine
routes from Birmingham to Murcia, Faro, Malaga and Alicante
. In total bmibaby will add 24 extra flights a week to and from these
destinations over the peak summer months. The additional capacity
will mean that bmibaby is now the largest provider of flights from
the region to the Mediterranean this summer .
Crawford Rix, managing director, bmibaby, said:"We are seeing strong demand from passengers for flights from the Midlands to typical summer sun destinations. As a result we are adding in extra capacity from Birmingham to Murcia, Faro, Malaga and Alicante" .
"The 24 additional weekly flights will allow us to carry an extra
1600 passengers from the Midlands to popular sun destinations
every week. The extra capacity will also make bmibaby the
largest low cost carrier flying from the Midlands to the
Mediterranean, and our great low fares mean that people can still afford to get away for a holiday this year" . Peter Vella, Business Development Director, Birmingham
International Airport said: "These extra flights are fantastic news for our passengers and shows that people are not willing to give up their well earned break in the summer, despite the current economic situation. bmibaby are a great Midlands airline and have obviously reacted to local demand to serve local needs" .
bmibaby recently launched new routes from Birmingham
Birmingham International Airport handled 561,648 passengers
during January 2009 - a fall of 2.5% on the previous year
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "During 2008 Birmingham Airport enjoyed its
busiest ever year, including a number of record months,
and all this despite increasingly challenging economic
conditions. The rolling 12-month figures up to the end of
January show an increase of 4.2% year-on-year, and the
Midlands continues to show great confidence in its local airport"
. "All the indications are that we are in for a challenging period
ahead, with the Airport not immune to the current pressures
affecting the UK economy. However, with a growing portfolio
of carriers and routes from Birmingham, and with a final
decision regarding our proposed runway extension due in the
coming weeks, there is still a lot to look forward to at Birmingham"
During January a 3.5% growth was achieved on flights to the EU, with sunshine destinations such as Alicante, Malaga and Palma proving popular. Snow-lovers, not satisfied with the UK’s wintry conditions, made Grenoble and Geneva their first choice for a bit of piste action