"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 - www.chilternclassicflight.com


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

Friday 14 March 2014 - Royal Flight Sikorsky S 76C G-XXEB is an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

Royal Flight Sikorsky S 76C G-XXEB was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

Citation CJ4 G-SDRY was a Wellesbourne diversion spending the day parked up....

Quick Jet Learjet 35A D-CQAJ was a Bristol diversion later departing to Cologne

Tatenhill Aviation Cherokee Archer II G-TALH was an afternoon visitor

Brussels Airlines Airbus A319-112 OO-SSC operated their mid-morning service in place
of the usual Dash 8 - the aircraft is in "Star Alliance" colours Photos: Mike Hollick

Thursday 13 March 2014 - Lufthansa Boeing 737-530 D-ABJB off to Frankfurt in the early morning fog!

Lufthansa Boeing 737-530 D-ABJB operated their early morning service to Frankfurt one of only two
flights to depart before dense fog closed the airport disrupting operation for much of the morning

Wednesday 12 March 2014 - Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 G-TCDA now flying with their new tail logo

Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 G-TCDA operated their weekly IT flight to Enfidha - the
aircraft wears their new style tail logo and additional "Egypt where it all begins" titles

SAS Boeing 737-76N SE-REY operated their flight to Stockholm Arlanda

Air Berlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABKJ operated their flight to Hannover

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DVM operated their afternoon flight to Dublin
- the aircraft is in their "retro" colour scheme

Citation Bravo G-IPLY was an early morning arrival when it diverted in due to
poor visibility at Wellesbourne - other visitors to the Elmdon apron included....

.... Cirrus SR-22 N600LB

.... and JCB Sikorsky S 76C++ M-JCBC which arrived from Cheltenham Race Course
- it had previously visited when registered G-XJCB Photos: Mike Hollick

February 2014 passengers at Birmingham Airport‏‏‏

Birmingham Airport handled 580,453 passengers during February 2014
- an increase of 8.5% on the previous year

Another excellent result - and the third month in a row where the increase
in passenger numbers has exceeded 8% - with long haul passengers up
20.7% in the month

While Turkish Airlines - up 43.4% - and Emirates - up 11.6% - again reported
good results its was an improved performance on many frequently flown routes
operated by a resurgent flybe that underpinned the overall performance

flybe have recently announced a major expansion at Birmingham for the summer
2014 season when they will add a further 7 new routes and will be basing three
additional aircraft at the airport

The summer will also see other new scheduled routes previously announced
including Aegean Airlines - to Athens - and Biman Bangladesh Airlines who
operated a series of flights during the month to mark the retirement of their
last Douglas DC10 - to Dhaka and New York JFK - while China Southern Airlines
have recently announced a series of Airbus A330 charter flights from Beijing

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said, "This continued
passenger growth demonstrates that more travellers are enjoying the range
of services and facilities offered by the airport and the hassle free experience
of getting to and through the terminal" 

During February significant growth was achieved
on scheduled flights to destinations such as -
Waterford 301.8%, Chambery 162.8%, Fuerteventura 126.6%,
Arrecife 112.9%, Stuttgart 84.9%, Funchal 77.3%.
Hannover 61.2%, Istanbul 43.2%, Belfast International 39.2%,
Tenerife 24.4%, Milan 24.0% and Aberdeen 23.6% 
  
Charter traffic which experience growth included -
Portugal 49.3%, Barbados 42.9% and Finland 20.0% 
  
Scheduled traffic accounted for 88.7% of the total
passenger traffic in February whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 11.3%

Monday 24 March 2014

Tuesday 11 March 2014 - London Executive Legacy 600 G-LALE is a morning arrival from Dublin

London Executive Embraer Legacy 600 G-LALE was a morning arrival from Dublin....

.... on another busy day of visitors for the "Cheltenham Festival" Photo: Mike Hollick

Air Charter Scotland Challenger 601 G-OWAY was an afternoon arrival....

.... making a brief visit to the Elmdon apron Photo: Mike Hollick

Cessna 150 G-BFRR was a lunchtime visitor Photo: Mike Hollick

KLM cityhopper Fokker 70 PH-WXC operated their lunchtime service to Amsterdam

Freebird Airbus A320-214 TC-FBO operated their flight from Antalya

Monday 10 March 2014 - DHL Air Boeing 767-3JHF G-DHLG departs back to East Midlands

DHL Air Boeing 767-3JHF G-DHLG reappeared out of the Monarch Hangar during the morning....

.... unfortunately waiting until late afternoon before departing Photos: Mike Hollick

.... back to East Midlands off Runway 33 in the gathering gloom

Aer Lingus had a busy day as the Irish started to arrive for the "Cheltenham Festival"
- Airbus A321-211 EI-CPH operated two additional flights from Dublin while....

Airbus A321-211 EI-CPE operated their afternoon service in place of the usual Airbus A320

Ryanair Learjet 45 M-ABEU made a short afternoon visit to the main terminal site

Monarch Airbus A320-214 G-ZBAA which had arrived on Sunday evening was towed
across to the Monarch Hangar during the morning

Netjets Citation XLS CS-DQB was an afternoon arrival from Dublin while....

Citation XLS G-EYUP arrived from Shannon before continuing to Chester Photos: Mike Hollick

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