Primera Air to launch services to Boston and Newark New York from Birmingham Airport in Summer 2018

Primera Air, the Icelandic owned leisure airline, will launch transatlantic scheduled
services to Newark New York and Boston from Birmingham Airport in May 2018

Flights to Newark New York will depart from Birmingham daily with Boston departing
on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will base its brand new
Airbus A321neoLRs, configured with 16 Premium Economy seats and 182 Economy
seats, at Birmingham Airport.  Passengers can also use the Wi-Fi on board and the
aircraft has full charging facilities for their devices.

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport commented: "We are
delighted to be entering in to a partnership with an additional transatlantic airline. 
Primera Air will offer daily flights to New York and give passengers the chance to
visit Massachusetts' capital and largest city - Boston. This is a brand new route
from Birmingham so we are delighted that Primera Air will give people from the
region the opportunity to visit this city direct from their local airport"

"Primera is a low cost, low fares airline that will appeal to all.  With its offering of
premium economy and economy seats it really does mean that America is just
across the pond.  We look forward to working with Primera Air and are delighted
that they will base these brand new Airbus321neoLRs here at the Airport"

Andri M. Ingolfsson, the President and Chairman of Primera Air said: "We are very
proud to announce our new bases and routes to US. With our brand new Airbus
A321neoLR airplane, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by
wide-body aircrafts. With unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft,
we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from Birmingham
to the US. At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare/high quality
product and service concept, that will be perfect both for leisure and business travellers"

Services from Birmingham to US will commence in May 2018 and will be year-round
operations. Primera Air tickets will go on sale from the Thursday 20 July 2017 with
starting fares of £149.00 (one way, all taxes included) and can be booked at -
Thursday 20 July 2017

United Airlines to cease their service from Newark New York to Birmingham Airport on 5 October 2017

United Airlines have announced that they will cease operating their daily non-stop
service from Newark New York to Birmingham Airport on Thursday 5 October 2017

Continental Airlines - which merged with United Airlines in 2010 - commenced the route
back on Tuesday 15 July 1997 when Boeing 757 N12114 operated the inaugural flight
- Boeing 767's and Douglas DC10's have also been used on the route over the years
which at its peak was operated on a twice daily basis using Boeing 757's

This announcement comes just 6 months after American Airlines dropped their daily
non-stop service from Birmingham Airport to New York JFK on Friday 6 January 2017

"One stop" connecting services from Birmingham Airport to the USA and Canada are
available using the services of Aer Lingus, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Icelandair,
KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian SAS, Swiss Air Lines and their code share Partners
Wednesday 12 July 2017

Birmingham Airport sponsors "Solar Bear" as part of "The Big Sleuth" summer 2017 art trail

Birmingham Airport has signed up to sponsor a bear this summer in the exciting Birmingham
art trail called "The Big Sleuth". Presented by Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity in partnership
with creative producers Wild in Art, "'The Big Sleuth' will see up to 100 beautifully designed bear
statues appearing throughout Birmingham over a 10-week period this summer from Monday
10 July 2017 with satellite trails in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Sandwell and at Resorts World

"'The Big Sleuth" aims to inspire people to become a tourist in their own town. Bears will be
placed not only in the city centre, but in a host of locations across all ten districts of Birmingham,
encouraging residents to follow the trail and discover areas of the wider region which they
may not have explored before

The design chosen by the Airport is called "'Solar Polar" and is painted by artist David Graham.
The design represents the famous Northern Lights or "'the aurora borealis". The bright dancing
lights of the aurora are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun
that enter the earth's atmosphere and can be seen in the sky

"Solar Polar" will be located at the city's famous Victoria Square until Sunday 17 September 2017,
during this time a selfie competition will be run by the airport to encourage the public to find the bear

Icelandair operate a Boeing 757 in "Hekla Aurora" - Northern lights - colours
David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: "It's a fantastic privilege to
be involved with another city art trail project. "The Big Hoot" in 2015 attracted many visitors not only
to the city and region but also to the airport. We jumped at the chance to be a sponsor again and
we are really pleased with the bear design that we have chosen. It is very relevant to the Airport
as we have four Icelandair flights a week to Reykjavik, a gateway city for visitors of the Northern Lights

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children's Hospital, said: "The Big Sleuth"
is incredibly important to us as we know it will encourage residents and tourists to get active and enjoy
being outdoors - whether they decide to walk, jog, run or cycle the trail"

Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art, said: "It's fantastic to have Birmingham Airport on board
again this year. They recognise the great benefits of getting involved as well as the positives for the
local community, and of course Birmingham Children's Hospital. Together with other sponsors,
partners and funders, they have enabled the event to really take off!"

"The Big Sleuth" comes hot on the heels of "The Big Hoot" which attracted more than 800,000 visitors
and in total raised over £625,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital. At the end of the 10 week trail
the giant painted bears will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the hospital. To find out more
about the project, please visit
Thursday 6 July 2017

Stinson V77 Reliant N69745 reappears after winter hibernation at Birmingham Airport

Stinson V77 Reliant N69745 has reappeared after spending the winter at Birmingham Airport
to perform an engine run and taxy in preparation for its planned visit to the RNAS Yeovilton
International Air Day in Somerset on Saturday 8 July 2017....

.... the aircraft which is owned by Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, had arrived
at Birmingham on Sunday 11 December 2016 - the aircraft which was built in 1943 is now
in Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm markings where it operated as FK877 while still retaining its
US Army Air Force serial of 42-46703 For more information on its history and arrival see here


After an initial engine run the aircraft is ready for a taxy....

.... down Taxiway Foxtrot all the way to the Weather station and back! Photo Roy Kesterton
 
Mission accomplished! - aircraft serviceable and ready to fly!

Old meets new at Birmingham Airport....

.... with the terminal in the background

Stinson V77 Reliant N69745 safely back in the hangar at Birmingham Airport

With thanks to Paul Kehoe for the visit to see N69745
Wednesday 5 July 2017
 
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