Saturday 28 February 2009 - US Army Beech RC-12K Huron performs "touch and go"

US Army Beech RC-12K Huron 850152 was a surprise morning
visitor! It performed a "touch and go" on Runway 33 before
returning to its temporary base at Mildenhall
Lear Jet 55 D-CMAX arrived on Friday evening - it wears large
"United Nations" titles that had been taped over!?

Friday 27 February 2009 - Blue Line MD 83 F-GMLK back from Moscow!!

Blue Line MD 83 F-GMLK returned from Moscow Vnukovo
with the Aston Villa football team after their UEFA cup tie
against CSKA Moscow on Thursday evening....
.... unfortunately Aston Villa lost so it was also their final European
football charter for this season which had started back last July in
the Intertoto cup. As a reminder of some of the aircraft this "run"
in Europe has brought to BHX over the last 8 months click the link
below and scroll down the new page -
RAF Tristar CC2 ZE705 was a late afternoon arrival operating
a medevac flight and parking on the Elmdon apron

Thursday 26 February 2009 - RAF VC10 C1K XV107 operates a medevac flight

RAF VC 10 C1K XV107 was an afternoon arrival operating
a medivac flight and parking on the Elmdon apron....

.... it later departed to Brize Norton....
.... making sure most of south Birmingham heard it go!!

PIA Boeing 777-340ER AP-BHV operated their service from Islambad
- the aircraft wears the Thar - "Colours of the Desert" tail scheme

Tuesday 24 February 2009 - Air Slovakia Boeing 757 OM-ASG operates flight from Amritsar

Air Slovakia Boeing 757 OM-ASG operated the return sector of their
weekly service from Amritsar before positioning back to Bratislava
- the aircraft was formerly C-GTDX with Zoom
Blue Line MD 83 F-GMLK - which had arrived on Monday evening -
departed to Moscow Vnukovo with the Aston Villa team in advance
of the second leg of their UEFA cup tie against CSKA Moscow on
Thursday evening - the aircraft is in a VIP configuration with just
small Blue Line titles and a silver colour scheme

Monday 23 February 2009 - French AF Airbus A310 F-RADA operates charter to the US

French Air Force/Republique Francaise Airbus A310-304 F-RADA
departed to the United States via a fuel stop in Montreal, Canada....
.... it had earlier positioned in from Paris CDG and parked on the
the 80's stands on the terminal side of the airport

Sunday 22 February 2009 - Falcon 900EX N85CL is a morning departure

Falcon 900EX N85CLwhich is operated for Aston Villa owner
Randy Lerner was a morning departure from the Elmdon apron
Gulfstream 5 VP-BKZ was another visitor to the Elmdon apron

Saturday 21 February 2009 - Eurocopter EC155 P4-HEC visits the Elmdon apron

Eurocopter EC-155B P4-HEC was an afternoon visitor
to the Elmdon apron....
.... it was ferrying Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to the airport
after his teams Premier league match against Aston Villa....
.... Falcon 900DX OE-IDX having arrived earlier to collect him
Also parked on the Elmdon apron was Falcon 900EX N85CL
which is operated for Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner
Titan Boeing 737-300 G-POWC operated their
weekly IT flight from Chambery
Swiss Airbus A320 HB-IJI operated their lunchtime rotation
from Zurich in place of the usual Helvetic Fokker 100
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DLF wears additional
"Bye Bye SkyEurope" titles
Twinjet Airbus A319CJ G-NMAK was a morning departure
to Abu Dhabi

Friday 20 February 2009 - TAG Falcon HB-IAZ visits the Elmdon apron

TAG Aviation Falcon 2000 HB-IAZ was an afternoon visitor
to the Elmdon apron....
.... as was Cessna 441 Conquest EI-DMG

Thursday 19 February 2009 - Falcon OE-IDX visits for Aston Villa UEFA cup tie

Falcon 900DX OE-IDX arrived on Wednesday evening in time for
the UEFA cup tie between Aston Villa and CSKA Moscow. It is
operated for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and is in a similar
colour scheme to his Boeing 767-300 P4-MES

Eastern celebrates 5 Years on Isle of Man Route

Good old-fashioned customer service, day return flights and some
of the UK’s highest levels of on-time performance have helped
Eastern Airways provide the Midlands with a reliable year round
service from Birmingham to the Isle of Man for the last five years
The UK regional airline, consistently rated Birmingham International
Airport’s best on-time performer, offers schedules and timings
aimed at the business community, particularly those in the financial
services sector, as well as great choice for leisure travellers visiting
the Isle of Man and the Midlands
Eastern Airways provides 26 flights a week between Birmingham
and the Isle of Man. Most businesses, including financial institutions
and life assurance industries are located in the island’s capital,
Douglas. The Isle of Man has long established holiday towns in
Peel and Port Erin, along with dramatic coastlines and it’s also
home to the world’s largest waterwheel and the world
famous TT motorbike races
The airline, which was formed 11 years ago at its Humberside
Airport base in North Lincolnshire, first started flying the
Birmingham – Isle of Man route in 2004 when British Airways
CitiExpress withdrew its services
Eastern Airways has continued to build a loyal following in the
Midlands with its punctual flights and its cabin crew provide a
friendly, personalised service to customers, including a fully
inclusive onboard service
Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ ground services manager, said:
"Reliable, regular transport links are vital for business and
we’ve provided a dependable air service to the Isle of Man
for the last five years. Our timings enable Midlands’ business
travellers to avoid overnight stays, while our punctual flights
and attentive onboard service, which is often regarded as
reminiscent of the golden age of travel, help us to deliver high
levels of service to our customers"
Peter Vella, business development director, Birmingham
International Airport, said: "Eastern Airways is an asset to
Birmingham International Airport as a full service carrier
that really does offer business passengers all that is needed
for their trip, especially reliability and punctuality. We are
delighted to have worked with Eastern Airways on the Isle
of Man route and look forward to many more years of
A high frequency service to Newcastle is also offered by
Eastern Airways from Birmingham
Thursday 19 February 2009

Wednesday 18 February 2009 - Challenger 850 VP-BVJ visits for Aston Villa UEFA match

Challenger 850 - which is Bombardier's designation for a factory
built executive version of the Canadair CRJ200 - VP-BVJ arrived
from Moscow Vnukovo in connection with the CSKA Moscow
UEFA cup tie against Aston Villa and parked on the Elmdon apron

Tuesday 17 February 2009 - Monarch Airbus A330 G-EOMA operates flight from Cyprus

Monarch Airbus A330-200 G-EOMA operated a trooping
flight from Cyprus parking on the Elmdon apron

Centre-Avia Yak 42D RA-42423 which had arrived last Friday from
Moscow Domodedovo remained parked up on stand 82. It brought in
the CSKA Moscow football team for their UEFA cup tie against Aston
Villa on Wednesday evening and will be departing after the match

bmibaby adds extra summer 2009 flights from Birmingham Airport

In response to consumer demand, bmibaby (WW) has announced
extra flights from the Midlands to the Mediterranean this summer.
The low cost airline has increased capacity on its popular sunshine
routes from Birmingham to Murcia, Faro, Malaga and Alicante
In total bmibaby will add 24 extra flights a week to and from these
destinations over the peak summer months. The additional capacity
will mean that bmibaby is now the largest provider of flights from
the region to the Mediterranean this summer
Crawford Rix, managing director, bmibaby, said: "We are seeing
strong demand from passengers for flights from the Midlands to
typical summer sun destinations. As a result we are adding in extra
capacity from Birmingham to Murcia, Faro, Malaga and Alicante"
"The 24 additional weekly flights will allow us to carry an extra
1600 passengers from the Midlands to popular sun destinations
every week. The extra capacity will also make bmibaby the
largest low cost carrier flying from the Midlands to the
Mediterranean, and our great low fares mean that people
can still afford to get away for a holiday this year"
Peter Vella, Business Development Director, Birmingham
International Airport said: "These extra flights are fantastic
news for our passengers and shows that people are not willing
to give up their well earned break in the summer, despite the
current economic situation. bmibaby are a great Midlands airline
and have obviously reacted to local demand to serve local needs"
bmibaby recently launched new routes from Birmingham
International Airport to Newquay
Monday 16 February 2009

Monday 16 February 2009 - Citation OE-FRA visits the Elmdon apron

Citation CJ2 OE-FRA was a visitor to the Elmdon apron
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DAF - which is currently based
at BHX - wears additional "City of Nykoping" titles
Cobham Flight Inspection Super King Air B200 G-FPLD made
a number of low level runs down Runway 15 checking the ILS

Sunday 15 February 2009 - Turkish Airbus A319 TC-JLN operates their flight to Istanbul

Turkish Airlines Airbus A319-132 TC-JLN operated their service
from Istanbul - the second visit of a Turkish 319 to BHX

Saturday 14 February 2009 - Comlux Airbus A319CJ 9H-AFK visits the Elmdon apron

Comlux Airbus A319CJ 9H-AFK was a morning visitor to the Elmdon
apron departing to Lyon - it had earlier positioned in from Heathrow

Swiss Airbus A320 HB-IJL operated their morning service from
Zurich while HB-IJN operated the lunchtime rotation

January 2009 passenger figures

Birmingham International Airport handled 561,648 passengers
during January 2009 - a fall of 2.5% on the previous year
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "During 2008 Birmingham Airport enjoyed its
busiest ever year, including a number of record months,
and all this despite increasingly challenging economic
conditions. The rolling 12-month figures up to the end of
January show an increase of 4.2% year-on-year, and the
Midlands continues to show great confidence in its local airport"
"All the indications are that we are in for a challenging period
ahead, with the Airport not immune to the current pressures
affecting the UK economy. However, with a growing portfolio
of carriers and routes from Birmingham, and with a final
decision regarding our proposed runway extension due in the
coming weeks, there is still a lot to look forward to at Birmingham"
During January a 3.5% growth was achieved on flights to the EU,
with sunshine destinations such as Alicante, Malaga and Palma
proving popular. Snow-lovers, not satisfied with the UK’s wintry
conditions, made Grenoble and Geneva their first choice for a bit
of piste action
Scheduled routes that experienced growth included:
Grenoble (+173.9%), Alicante (+59.3%), Inverness (+49%),
Prague (+48.1%), Shannon (+46.7%), Malaga (+40.1%),
Palma (+38.6%), Tenerife (+30.1%), Geneva (+12.2%),
Hamburg (+4.7%), Chambery (+4.4%), Arrecife (+1.6%)
and Zurich (+1.1%)
Charter traffic which experienced growth included:
Austria (+30.7%), Egypt (+25.3%) and Switzerland (+21.6%)
Scheduled traffic accounted for 83.6% of the total
passenger traffic in January whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 16.4%
Friday 13 February 2009


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