|The opening of the extended 3,003 metre runway - and the airport's 75th anniversary - |
were then celebrated on Tuesday 22 July 2014 when China Southern Airlines operated
their first non-stop Airbus A330 charter flight from/to Beijing putting Birmingham on the
world map for the development of future long haul services - full photo report here
|.... the aircraft arrives after its final passenger flight - while it had been hoped that the aircraft - DC10-30 |
S2-ACR - would stay in the UK and be preserved it returned home to Dhaka on Tuesday 25 February 2014
|.... thanks to all at Biman Bangladesh Airlines for a memorable weekend!!|
|Monarch also chose BHX as the destination for their final Airbus A300B4-605R passenger flight - again operated |
for the benefit of aviation enthusiasts - which saw G-OJMR arrive from Gatwick on Sunday 13 April 2014
|Another type we are unlikely to see again (as a civil aircraft) is the Lockheed Hercules with Air Contractors |
EI-JIV departing from BHX on Saturday 26 April 2014 to Amman as it left the UK for the last time
|Change was also in the air with Thomson replacing their based Boeing 767 with a new Boeing 787 |
"dreamliner" and Thomas Cook replacing their Boeing 757s with new Airbus A321s
|It was a year of consolidation on the route development front - Aegean Airlines started Athens while |
SAS/Blue1 dropped Stockholm and Germanwings dropped Berlin - flybe added lots of new routes....
|.... only to drop many of them by the end of the year - and they also introduced a new "purple" colour scheme!?|
|It was a good year for special colour schemes with Monarch Boeing 757-2T5 G-MONJ being rolled out |
of the hangar on Friday 4 April 2014 with "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" titles....
|.... Ryanair introducing an aircraft in National Express colours and|
|.... TUIfly provided some summer colour with their special schemes including aircraft |
in "Haribo", "Cewe" and Hapag Lloyd "retro" colours
|.... while both Emirates and Lufthansa celebrated the FIFA "World Cup" in Brazil|
|Transit flights were limited this year to a couple of Turkmenistan Boeing 717s on their way |
to/from maintenance in the US and several Beech aircraft on delivery....
|While most of the hangar movements inevitably consisted of based flybe and Monarch aircraft other |
interesting arrivals included DHL Boeing 767F G-DHLG - plus Panda! - on Wednesday 5 March 2014....
|.... Phenom OY-PWO, Falcon PH-NDK, Challenger S5-FUN, Global TC-YAA, Global VP-CEO and Hawker 4X-CZO|
|Larger biz movements included Airbus A330 VP-CBE, Boeing BBJ N92SR and Airbus A319CJ G-NOAH |
together with several visits by BBJ N500LS supported by Sikorsky S92 G-LAWX while....
|.... biz prop visitors included Pilatus D-FUEL and M-ICKY and Piaggio PH-TCN all in interesting colour schemes!|
|.... while many lighter aircraft also visited including colourful Pitts S-1S Special G-FORZ|
|Military movements always produce something a little different with the star this year being the visit by |
Irish Air Corps Agusta Westland AW139 "278" on an air ambulance flight on Monday 7 July 2014....
|Just one flypast by a historic aircraft this year when Rolls Royce Spitfire PR19 G-RRGN did a fly by |
on Wednesday 18 June 2014 after earlier performing a flypast at a private event at the Belfry....
|.... that was made up by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows who performed |
a spectacular flypast - red, white and blue smoke included! -
|.... over the Land Rover plant in Solihull on Wednesday 20 August 2014 conveniently firstly flying directly |
across the airfield as they routed from RAF Scampton to Exeter Airport. Not to be out done Christen Eagle II
G-KALW again gave an impromptu air display over the airfield this time on Christmas Day! - photos here