Thursday 30 April 2009 - Regional Fokker 100 F-GPXM flying for Air France to Paris CDG

Regional Fokker 100 F-GPXM operated the afternoon Air France
"AF5136/5139" service from/to Paris CDG in place of the usual
CityJet Avro RJ 85 - its second visit of the day
Twinjet Airbus A319CJ G-NMAK was an afternoon arrival
on the Elmdon apron
Titan BAe 146-200 G-ZAPN operated the return charter
from Granada, Spain, before positioning to Stansted

Wednesday 29 April 2009 - bmi regional Embraer 145 G-EMBN operates flight from Aberdeen

bmi regional Embraer 145 G-EMBN operated their morning
service from Aberdeen - the aircraft was acquired from flybe
and still retains its basic ex BA CitiExpress colour scheme
RAF Tristar CC2 ZE705 operated a medivac flight
before positioning to Brize Norton
Thomsonfly Boeing 767-300 G-OBYI arrived from Montego Bay
operating the final "TOM" 763 service into BHX before positioning
to Manchester - from Friday 1 May 2009 a First Choice 763 will
again be based operating Thomson long haul services from BHX
Eurocypria Boeing 737-800 5B-DBZ operated the final service of
a short series of IT flights to Larnaca over the Easter holidays

Monday 27 April 2009 - Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH parked on the Elmdon apron

After 24 hours parked on the Elmdon apron in front of Hangar 1
Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH was towed back inside!

Saturday 25 April 2009 - CityJet Dornier 328 G-BWWT takes Sunderland home

CityJet/Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWWT positioned in from
Luton to take the defeated Sunderland football team home to
Newcastle after their match again West Bromwich Albion

Friday 24 April 2009 - CityJet/Scot Dornier 328 G-BWIR flying for Sunderland FC

CityJet/Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWIR arrived from
Newcastle with Sunderland football team for their match
against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday
West Midlands Police Air Support Unit's Eurocopter EC-135
G-WMAO lifts off from the Elmdon apron
NetJets Hawker 800XP CS-DRU was an afternoon visitor
to the Elmdon apron

Thursday 23 April 2009 - Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH arrives for attention by flybe

Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190 5N-VNH arrived from Kano, Nigeria,
just after 1700....
.... parking on the Elmdon apron in front of flybe Hangar One - the
aircraft has come to the UK for repairs after a bird strike in Nigeria
Shortly after 1730 it was towed into Hangar One!
Airlift International Douglas DC 8 63F 9G-RAC was an early
morning diversion from Lyneham - its second visit this month!
- after refueling it departed off Runway 15 back to Lyneham

Wednesday 22 April 2009 - RAF Chinook HC2 makes evening visit to Elmdon apron

RAF Chinook HC2 ZD982 "DF" was an evening visitor
to the Elmdon apron operating an air ambulance flight
Air Berlin Airbus A320-214 D-ABDT operated their flight to Hannover
- the first visit to BHX of an Airbus A320 in their new colour scheme
Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBX operated their
lunchtime service from Dubai

Tuesday 21 April 2009 - Turkish Airbus A321 TC-JRC operates their flight to Istanbul

Turkish Airbus A321 TC-JRC operated their service to Istanbul
- the final of a series of aircraft upgrades on the route over Easter

Monday 20 April 2009 - Lufthansa Airbus A321 D-AISH operates evening service from Frankfurt

Lufthansa Airbus A321 D-AISH operated their evening
service from Frankfurt
Loganair Saab 340 G-LGNL operated the flybe service from Dundee
flybe will be ending Embraer 145 operations from BHX in the next
few weeks - G-EMBJ is currently operating in an all white scheme

Sunday 19 April 2009 - easyJet operate final flights of 2008/09 ski season

easyJet operated their final flights of the 2008/9 ski season
with Airbus A319-111 HB-JZP departing back to Geneva....
.... while Airbus A319-111 G-EZMS operated the last Grenoble service
- easyJet flights to BHX resume on Tuesday 15 December 2009
for the winter 2009/10 ski season!

Saturday 18 April 2009 - Air Sylhet Boeing 757 TF-LLY off to Amritsar, India, via Vienna

Air Sylhet/Akal Air Boeing 757 TF-LLY lifts off Runway 33
on its way to Vienna and onto Amritsar, India
easyJet Airbus A319 G-EZAT operated the final Saturday
service from Grenoble of the winter 2008/9 ski season
Centrelineair Citation CJ2 G-OCJZ was an evening visitor
to the Elmdon apron before departing to Bristol
Thomas Cook Airbus A320 G-BYTH operated their
weekly IT flight to Alicante
Transavia Boeing 737-800 PH-HZC operated the return
charter flight from Lourdes before positioning back there

Friday 17 April 2009 - Saudi Arabian Gulfstream 4 HZ-AFX visits the Elmdon apron

Saudi Arabian Special Flight Services Gulfstream 4 HZ-AFX
was an evening visitor to the Elmdon apron
flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-JECT which is named after footballer "Matt
Le Tissier" was parked in front of their hangar on the Elmdon apron

March 2009 passenger figures

Monarch launched a new service to Larnaca at the end of the month
Birmingham International Airport handled 674,301 passengers
during March 2009 - a fall of 7.7% on the previous year
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "These latest statistics again underline the challenging
economic environment we are facing at the moment, conditions
that are affecting the whole of the aviation industry, both here
and abroad. I have always said that this year will be a testing
one, but let's not forget that Birmingham is performing better
than the majority of other UK airports and we continue
to see the launch of new routes and airlines
from the Midlands' premier airport"
"During March we saw a 7.7% fall in traffic compared to 2008,
which mirrors the performance of February, illustrating the
resilience of Birmingham when compared to other airports,
which have seen a month-on-month downward trend"
"In recent weeks we have been able to celebrate anumber
of positive announcements, among them the granting of
planning permission for a runway extension by Solihull
Metropolitan Borough Council, Emirates' decision to
increase capacity to Dubai, and the launch of Monarch's
Larnaca and bmi regional's Aberdeen services, all
representing great news for local travellers"
During March significant growth was achieved on
scheduled flights to destinations including -
Inverness (+107%), Krakow (+92.1%), Shannon (+56.9%),
Prague (+46.3%), Alicante (+21.8%), Grenoble (+18.8%),
Malaga (+15.6%), Dubai (+6.8%), Hamburg (+5.5%)
and Dublin (+1.6%)
Charter traffic which experienced growth included -
Egypt (+60.5%) and Mexico (+14.7%)
Scheduled traffic accounted for 83.5% of the total
passenger traffic in March whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 16.5%
Thursday 16 April 2009

Friday 10 April 2009 - flybe Dash 8 G-ECOR arrives on delivery from Canada

flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-ECOR touches down on Runway 15
at the end of its delivery flight from Canada via Reykjavik
VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLK was an afternoon arrival from Limoges
bringing in the Brive Rugby team for their "European Challenge
Cup" quarter final match against Worcester on Saturday

Thursday 9 April 2009 - Welcome Air Dornier 328 OE-LIR visits on an air ambulance flight

Welcome Air Dornier 328 OE-LIR was an afternoon visitor to
the Elmdon apron operating an Air Ambulance flight

Wednesday 8 April 2009 - Regional Fokker 100 F-GPXL flying for Air France

Regional Fokker 100 F-GPXL operated the afternoon Air France
"AF5136/5139" service from/to Paris CDG in place of the usual
CityJet Avro RJ 85
Cyprus Airbus A320 5B-DAW operated their service to Larnaca
Air Berlin Airbus A320 D-ABDD operated their flight to Hannover
Eurocypria Boeing 737-800 5B-DBR operated their first weekly
IT flight to Paphos for the summer 2009 season
RAF VC 10 K3 ZA150 diverted in during the early hours of the
morning and spent the day on the Elmdon apron being repaired

Tuesday 7 April 2009 - PIA Boeing 777 AP-BID departs in the middle of an April shower

PIA Boeing 777-340ER AP-BID departed to Islamabad
in the middle of an April shower....
.... and climbed out through the arc of the resulting rainbow!

Challenger N604GR which had arrived on Monday evening
spent the day parked on the Elmdon apron


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