Friday 31 July 2009 - Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter C-GKBH departs to Keflavik

Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter C-GKBH which had arrived in the early
hours from Dubrovnik on its way back from the Maldives was soon
on its way to Keflavik, Iceland, on its long journey home to Canada
.
Balkan Holidays Airbus A320 LZ-BHD arrived from
Glasgow before continuing onto Bourgas
.
Recently delivered bmi regional Embraer 145 G-EMBJ operated their
morning service to Aberdeen - it was previously operated by flybe
.
Turkish Boeing 737-800 TC-JGL operated their service from Istanbul

Thursday 30 July 2009 - Falcon G-JPSZ departs back to Gloucester after earlier diversion

Falcon 900EX G-JPSZ which was a Gloucester diversion on
Wednesday due to the poor weather positioned back there

Wednesday 29 July 2009 - final flight departs from old International Pier

A wet - but historic - day at BHX - with the "south gates" of the new
International Pier now operational the last flight - ZB 486 to Larnaca
operated by Monarch Airbus Airbus A321 G-OZBG - departed off
from Gate33 of the old International Pier which is now largely
surrounded by the new building....
.
.... work has now commenced on the demolition of the old Pier which
will include the removal of the Apron Control Tower which has been
a feature of BHX's skyline since the current Terminal opened in 1984

Tuesday 28 July 2009 - Emirates Boeing 777 A6-EBZ parks on new International Pier

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-EBZ operated their lunchtime
services from Dubai parking on Stand 42C....
.
.... in doing same it became the first Boeing 777 to depart from
the new International Pier boarding gates
.
The "south gates" of the new International Pier - Gates 40/41, 43/45
and 47 - are now fully operational....
.
.... bringing a whole new concept of light and space to BHX!
.
.
Turkish Airbus A321 TC-JRA operated their flight from Istanbul

Monday 27 July 2009 - Cyprus Turkish Airbus A320 TC-TCC operates their flight to Ercan

Cyprus Turkish Airbus A320 TC-TCC - which is leased from Turkuaz
Airlines - operated their service from Ercan via Dalaman
.
RAF C17 ZZ176 was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron
on a medevac flight before positioning out to Brize Norton
.

Sunday 26 July 2009 - Lufthansa Airbus A319 D-AILU "Lu" operates Frankfurt service

"Lu" - Lufthansa Airbus A319 D-AILU - has recently had a
makeover and also gained http://www.jetfriends.com/ titles -it
operated the evening service to Frankfurt
.
Blue Line MD 83 F-GMLI was a lunchtime arrival
operating a student charter from Malaga

Saturday 25 July 2009 - Turkuaz Airbus A321 TC-TCE makes its first visit to BHX

Turkuaz Airlines Airbus A321 TC-TCE operated their weekly
IT flight to Antalya - its first visit to BHX
.
.
.
Swiss Airbus A320 HB-IJL operated their morning service
to Zurich in place of the usual Helvetic Fokker 100
.
Air Finland Boeing 757 OH-AFJ was an early morning
arrival from Akatori in Cyprus

Hellenic Imperial operate inaugural Boeing 747 service to Athens and onto Jeddah

Captain Angelis and the Hellenic Imperial crew on arrival
.
Hellenic Imperial Airways (HT) operated their
inaugural Boeing 747 service between Birmingham
and Athens, with onward connections to Jeddah in
Saudi Arabia, on Saturday 25 July 2009
.
Before departing the crew celebrate their first visit to BHX!
.
The Greek scheduled airline is operating a Boeing 747-200
aircraft with 8 Business Class and 450 Economy seats on the route
.
From 10 August 2009 flights will arrive into Birmingham
at 17:00 on Monday's, departing back to Athens and
Jeddah at 22:00 on Tuesday evenings
.

Return flights start from £199 (plus taxes) to Athens and
£399 (plus taxes) to Jeddah. Tickets can be booked through
www.hellenicairways.com
or by calling Hellenic Imperial on 0121-635 5796
.
Saturday 25 July 2009

Friday 24 July 2009 - Diversions result in Triple Emirates Triple Sevens at BHX!!

Three Emirates Boeing 777's on the ground at BHX at the same time!
- in the centre is 777-300ER A6-ECR which was a Heathrow weather
diversion while operating flight EK 029 from Dubai while next to it is
777-300ER A6-EBU which was an earlier Gatwick diversion due to a
disabled aircraft blocking the Runway - it was operating flight EK 015
from Dubai. Meanwhile 777-200ER A6-EMD prepares to depart on
the daily scheduled BHX lunchtime EK 040 service to Dubai
.
Thanks to BHX for the above photo!!
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Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-EBU was the first diversion of the
day after a flybe Dash 8Q-400 blocked the Runway at Gatwick....
.
.... later in the afternoon poor weather caused landing delays at
Heathrow with the result that Emirates 777-300ER, PIA A310
AP-BEG, British Airways A319 G-EUPL and bmi Embraer 145
G-RJXR all diverted to BHX
.
PIA Airbus A310-300 AP-BEG which wears the "Gilgit - The Silk
Route" tail colour scheme departed back to Heathrow as another
storm passed to the east of BHX....
.
.... yes its an English summer at its best!!
.

Thursday 23 July 2009 - Jet2 Boeing 737 G-CELP takes Aston Villa to Malaga

Jet2 Boeing 737-300 G-CELP positioned in from Stansted to take
Aston Villa Football Club to Malaga for the 2009 "Peace Cup"
.
flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-JEDP in their "Low cost but
not at any cost" special green colour scheme

Hellenic Imperial to launch Boeing 747 service from Birmingham to Athens and onto Jeddah

Hellenic Imperial Airways (HT) will be launching a new weekly
service between Birmingham and Athens, with onward connections
to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, on Saturday 25 July 2009
.
The Greek scheduled airline will operate a Boeing 747-200 aircraft
with 450 seats. It will arrive into Birmingham on Saturday at 20:00
and depart back to Athens and Jeddah at 22:00
.
From 10 August 2009 flights will arrive into Birmingham at 17:00
on Monday's, departing back to Athens and Jeddah at 22:00 on
Tuesday evening
.
The Chairman of Hellenic Imperial Airways, Talal Abureyal, said
"Birmingham is our first UK airport and we are very excited about
launching services in the Midlands. Athens, which is our HQ, is not
currently served from Birmingham so we expect that our flights
will be welcomed by those travelling for business and leisure, in
particular those visiting friends and relatives"
.
Marc Watkins, Birmingham Airport’s Market Development
Manager – Aviation, said, "We welcome this development,
particularly in today’s challenging economic climate. There is a
market for Athens in the Midlands and the convenient schedule
will suit those flying on business and leisure to both Greece and
the Middle East. We urge those who would normally travel to
other UK airports outside the region to now choose Hellenic
from Birmingham to support this new venture"
.
Theo Silvestros, Commercial Manager, Hellenic Imperial Airways
said "As the principal gateway to Mecca, the Jeddah flights to be
used by many Pilgrims wanting to access Islam's holiest city, and
with such competitive prices Midlands people will be able to start
this important journey from their doorstep"
.
Return flights start from £199 (plus taxes) to Athens and
£399 (plus taxes) to Jeddah. Tickets can be booked through
www.hellenicairways.com
or by calling Hellenic Imperial on 0121-635 5796
.
Hellenic Imperial Airways schedule to Birmingham -
.
Saturday 25 July 2009 only
.
Arrive 2000 HT 269 from Athens Depart 2200 HT 270 to Athens/Jeddah
.
Weekly from Monday 10 August 2009
.
Arrive Monday 1700 HT 269 from Athens and Jeddah
.
Depart Tuesday 2200 HT 270 to Athens and Jeddah
.
Schedule and start date subject to confirmation!!
.
Thursday 23 July 2009

Tuesday 21 July 2009 - Emirates Airbus A330 A6-EAA operates flight to Dubai

Emirates Airbus A330-243 A6-EAA operated their lunchtime
service to Dubai in place of the usual Boeing 777-300ER

June 2009 passenger figures

The new International Pier is nearing completion
Birmingham International Airport handled 898,608 passengers
during June 2009 - a fall of 4.1% on the previous year
.
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "June’s figures, which represent a 4.1% fall, again
underline the tough conditions we find ourselves operating
under. Despite moving into what is peak season we continue
to see traffic down on the same period last year, in line with
the vast majority of airports, not just in the UK but around
Europe."
.
"However, despite these tough times the Airport continues to
discuss a range of opportunities with prospective partners as
Birmingham clearly remains an Airport with a reputation for
offering choice and value for money for local business and leisure
travellers."
.
During June significant growth was achieved on
scheduled flights to destinations such as -
Reus (+181.2%), Torp (+161.9%), Poitiers (+129.4%),
Newquay (+125.8%), Arrecife (+116.1%), Rzeszow (+111.3%),
Billund (+104.8%), Larnaca (+92.1%), Krakow (+74.5%),
Prague (+36.6%), Tenerife (+34.3%), Ibiza (+27.6%),
Alicante (+26.9%), Malaga (+25.9%), Hanover (+22.1%),
Palma (+20.5%), Mahon (+19.3%), Dubai (+16.7%),
Inverness (+8.7%) and Zurich (+7.8%)
.
Charter traffic which experienced growth included -
Egypt (+47.9%), Turkey (+22.4%),
Croatia (+18.5%) and Malta (+12.6%).
.
Scheduled traffic accounted for 71.9% of the total
passenger traffic in June whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 28.1%
.
Tuesday 21 July 2009

Monday 20 July 2009 - Swiss Airbus A319 HB-IPY operates morning service to Zurich

Swiss Airbus A319 HB-IPY operated their morning service
to Zurich in place of the usual Helvetic Fokker 100
.
bmi regional Embraer 135 G-RJXK operated their service to Aberdeen
.
Titan Boeing 757 G-ZAPU operated a charter from Akrotiri
in Cyprus before positioning to Stansted
.
flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-FLBC arrived from Reykjavik at the end of
its delivery flight from Canada and was soon in the flybe hangar!
.
RAF C 17 ZZ172 lifts off Runway 33 on its way to Brize Norton
after operating a medevac flight

Sunday 19 July 2009 TAG Falcon HB-IAZ afternoon arrival on the Elmdon apron

TAG Aviation Falcon 2000 HB-IAZ was an afternoon arrival
parking on the Elmdon apron
.
Air Finland Boeing 757 OH-AFI positioned back from Gatwick
after operating a sub charter for Thomas Cook

Saturday 18 July 2009 - Turkuaz Airbus A321 TC-TCF operates IT flight to Antalya

Turkuaz Airbus A321-211 TC-TCF operated the first service
of a new weekly IT flight to Antalya
.
RAF Tristar KC1 ZD952 operated a medivac flight
before positioning to Brize Norton

Thursday 16 July 2009 - new International Pier at Birmingham now in use

Following the handing over of the "south gates" the first flight
operated off the new International Pier - the honours went to
Monarch Scheduled flight ZB 470 to Mahon at 1330 which
was operated by Airbus A321 G-MARA (not illustrated!)
.
Mahan Air Airbus A310-300 F-OJHI passes the end of the
new International Pier after arriving from Tehran
.
Well done to all at BHX for delivering the first phase of the
new International Pier "on schedule"!!

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