Thursday 30 April 2009 - Regional Fokker 100 F-GPXM flying for Air France to Paris CDG

Regional Fokker 100 F-GPXM operated the afternoon Air France
"AF5136/5139" service from/to Paris CDG in place of the usual
CityJet Avro RJ 85 - its second visit of the day
Twinjet Airbus A319CJ G-NMAK was an afternoon arrival
on the Elmdon apron
Titan BAe 146-200 G-ZAPN operated the return charter
from Granada, Spain, before positioning to Stansted

Wednesday 29 April 2009 - bmi regional Embraer 145 G-EMBN operates flight from Aberdeen

bmi regional Embraer 145 G-EMBN operated their morning
service from Aberdeen - the aircraft was acquired from flybe
and still retains its basic ex BA CitiExpress colour scheme
RAF Tristar CC2 ZE705 operated a medivac flight
before positioning to Brize Norton
Thomsonfly Boeing 767-300 G-OBYI arrived from Montego Bay
operating the final "TOM" 763 service into BHX before positioning
to Manchester - from Friday 1 May 2009 a First Choice 763 will
again be based operating Thomson long haul services from BHX
Eurocypria Boeing 737-800 5B-DBZ operated the final service of
a short series of IT flights to Larnaca over the Easter holidays

Tuesday 28 April 2009 - Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 departs after attention by flybe

Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190-100AR 5N-VNH backtracks
down Runway 33 before turning round and departing
to Kano as "Virgin Nigeria 900"
5N-VNH had earlier reappeared from flybe Hangar One and been
parked on the Elmdon apron as it was prepared for departure

Monday 27 April 2009 - Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH parked on the Elmdon apron

After 24 hours parked on the Elmdon apron in front of Hangar 1
Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH was towed back inside!

Sunday 26 April 2009 - French Air Force Airbus A340 F-RAJB operates flight from the USA

French Air Force Airbus A340-211 F-RAJB operated a flight
from the United States arriving shortly after midday....
.... after off loading its passengers it positioned out to Paris CDG
Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190-100IGW 5N-VNH reappeared
from the flybe hangar and spent the late afternoon
parked on the Elmdon apron

Saturday 25 April 2009 - CityJet Dornier 328 G-BWWT takes Sunderland home

CityJet/Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWWT positioned in from
Luton to take the defeated Sunderland football team home to
Newcastle after their match again West Bromwich Albion

Friday 24 April 2009 - CityJet/Scot Dornier 328 G-BWIR flying for Sunderland FC

CityJet/Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWIR arrived from
Newcastle with Sunderland football team for their match
against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday
West Midlands Police Air Support Unit's Eurocopter EC-135
G-WMAO lifts off from the Elmdon apron
NetJets Hawker 800XP CS-DRU was an afternoon visitor
to the Elmdon apron

Thursday 23 April 2009 - Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH arrives for attention by flybe

Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH arrived from Kano, Nigeria,
just after 1700....
.... parking on the Elmdon apron in front of flybe Hangar One - the
aircraft has come to the UK for repairs after a bird strike in Nigeria
Shortly after 1730 it was towed into Hangar One!
Airlift International Douglas DC 8 63F 9G-RAC was an early
morning diversion from Lyneham - its second visit this month!
- after refueling it departed off Runway 15 back to Lyneham

Wednesday 22 April 2009 - RAF Chinook HC2 makes evening visit to Elmdon apron

RAF Chinook HC2 ZD982 "DF" was an evening visitor
to the Elmdon apron operating an air ambulance flight
Air Berlin Airbus A320-214 D-ABDT operated their flight to Hannover
- the first visit to BHX of an Airbus A320 in their new colour scheme
Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBX operated their
lunchtime service from Dubai

Tuesday 21 April 2009 - Turkish Airbus A321 TC-JRC operates their flight to Istanbul

Turkish Airbus A321 TC-JRC operated their service to Istanbul
- the final of a series of aircraft upgrades on the route over Easter

Monday 20 April 2009 - Lufthansa Airbus A321 D-AISH operates evening service from Frankfurt

Lufthansa Airbus A321 D-AISH operated their evening
service from Frankfurt
Loganair Saab 340 G-LGNL operated the flybe service from Dundee
flybe will be ending Embraer 145 operations from BHX in the next
few weeks - G-EMBJ is currently operating in an all white scheme

Sunday 19 April 2009 - easyJet operate final flights of 2008/09 ski season

easyJet operated their final flights of the 2008/9 ski season
with Airbus A319-111 HB-JZP departing back to Geneva....
.... while Airbus A319-111 G-EZMS operated the last Grenoble service
- easyJet flights to BHX resume on Tuesday 15 December 2009
for the winter 2009/10 ski season!

Saturday 18 April 2009 - Air Sylhet Boeing 757 TF-LLY off to Amritsar, India, via Vienna

Air Sylhet/Akal Air Boeing 757 TF-LLY lifts off Runway 33
on its way to Vienna and onto Amritsar, India
easyJet Airbus A319 G-EZAT operated the final Saturday
service from Grenoble of the winter 2008/9 ski season
Centrelineair Citation CJ2 G-OCJZ was an evening visitor
to the Elmdon apron before departing to Bristol
Thomas Cook Airbus A320 G-BYTH operated their
weekly IT flight to Alicante
Transavia Boeing 737-800 PH-HZC operated the return
charter flight from Lourdes before positioning back there

Friday 17 April 2009 - Saudi Arabian Gulfstream 4 HZ-AFX visits the Elmdon apron

Saudi Arabian Special Flight Services Gulfstream 4 HZ-AFX
was an evening visitor to the Elmdon apron
flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-JECT which is named after footballer "Matt
Le Tissier" was parked in front of their hangar on the Elmdon apron

March 2009 passenger figures

Monarch launched a new service to Larnaca at the end of the month
Birmingham International Airport handled 674,301 passengers
during March 2009 - a fall of 7.7% on the previous year
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "These latest statistics again underline the challenging
economic environment we are facing at the moment, conditions
that are affecting the whole of the aviation industry, both here
and abroad. I have always said that this year will be a testing
one, but let's not forget that Birmingham is performing better
than the majority of other UK airports and we continue
to see the launch of new routes and airlines
from the Midlands' premier airport"
"During March we saw a 7.7% fall in traffic compared to 2008,
which mirrors the performance of February, illustrating the
resilience of Birmingham when compared to other airports,
which have seen a month-on-month downward trend"
"In recent weeks we have been able to celebrate anumber
of positive announcements, among them the granting of
planning permission for a runway extension by Solihull
Metropolitan Borough Council, Emirates' decision to
increase capacity to Dubai, and the launch of Monarch's
Larnaca and bmi regional's Aberdeen services, all
representing great news for local travellers"
During March significant growth was achieved on
scheduled flights to destinations including -
Inverness (+107%), Krakow (+92.1%), Shannon (+56.9%),
Prague (+46.3%), Alicante (+21.8%), Grenoble (+18.8%),
Malaga (+15.6%), Dubai (+6.8%), Hamburg (+5.5%)
and Dublin (+1.6%)
Charter traffic which experienced growth included -
Egypt (+60.5%) and Mexico (+14.7%)
Scheduled traffic accounted for 83.5% of the total
passenger traffic in March whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 16.5%
Thursday 16 April 2009

Tuesday 14 April 2009 - Turkmenistan Boeing 767 EZ-A700 on the way to the USA!!

Turkmenistan Boeing 767-300 EZ-A700 prepares to depart for
Lakeland/Kelly AFB outside San Antonio in Texas, USA....

.... it had earlier arrived from Ashkabad, Turkmenistan, and is a
VIP/Goverment aircraft like Boeing 737-700 EZ-A007 which had
passed through BHX in the opposite direction at the start of April -
Air Slovakia Boeing 757 OM-ASG operated their service from
Amritsar via Bratislava before positioning out to Paris CDG
Monarch Airbus A321 G-OZBT positioned in from Manchester
to operate a service to Palma - its first visit to BHX
Regional Fokker 100 F-GPXL operated the early morning
Air France service from/to Paris CDG in place of the usual
CityJet Avro RJ 85 - its second visit to BHX in a week


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