|The year also saw the return of charter flights from China with Hainan Airlines operating a twice |
weekly Boeing 767-34PER non-stop service from Beijing throughout the peak summer season
|The ad hoc charter business was boosted by the basing of Danish Air Transport M83 OY-RUE |
at the airport of the summer to operate the weekly flights to Hannover and Paderborn....
|.... it was soon joined by Cello's new Boeing 737-476 G-RAJG which then spent the peak season |
flying from Amsterdam and Brussels on behalf of the "World of TUI"
|.... while GainJet Boeing 757-23N SX-RFA moved over from Coventry to be based at BHX|
|.... with Volotea using Boeing 717s on several charter flights while Monarch also used Neos|
and Privilege Style to operate sub charters
|We don't normally see much airliner crew training at BHX but that changed with flybe acquiring |
a new fleet of ATR 72-212As to be operated on behalf of SAS from Stockholm with G-FBXA and
G-FBXB both making numerous visits during October 2015
|.... flybe painting Embraer 195 G-FBEM in their "purple" colours and a Cancer Research UK logo scheme|
|Dorniers, Metros, Saabs, Twin Otters, ATRs, West Atlantic ATPs and other smaller aircraft including |
a number of biz jets were again regular visitors operating priority freight charter flights
| .... two recently acquired Airbus A320-214s - G-ZBAA and G-ZBAB - were disposed of to Frontier leaving BHX|
in their basic scheme but unfortunately lacking any animal images on the tail while the second half of the year
|.... saw attention move to their out of service Airbus A330-243s with G-SMAN departing in flynas colours|
|.... while the arrival of Honda HA-420 HondaJet N420HA on Monday 25 May 2015 |
saw the first visit of a new type to visit BHX
|Larger biz jet movements included Slovak Government Tupolev 154M OM-BYO on Friday 4 September 2015 |
together with several visits by Boeing 737-73T BBJ N500LS supported by Sikorsky S92 G-LAWX....
|.... general aviation visitors were many and varied included Extra EA-500 D-FBRS|
|.... while helicopters included Homeserve Bell 429 M-HRPN which made its first visit on Friday 17 July 2015|
|Military movements always produce something a little different with the star this year being the arrival of |
Kuwait Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III KAF 342 on Friday 24 April 2015....
|No flypasts by historic aircraft this year but RAF "AWACS" Boeing E-3D Sentry ZH104 AEW1 made |
a low approach and go around to Runway 33 on Wednesday 15 April 2015 while....
|.... Royal Navy Agusta Westland Merlin HC3 ZJ125 made a similar approach on Wednesday 27 October 2015|
|An unusual visitor in December was the fuselage of Boeing 737-405 N858WL which arrived from |
Bruntingthorpe on the back of a low loader to take part in the Emergency Planning exercise - it
was a one time BHX regular with KLM as PH-BDW