Monday 31 August 2009 - Corendon Boeing 737 TC-TJC operates for Cyprus Turkish

Corendon Boeing 737-4Q8 TC-TJC operated the Cyprus Turkish KTHY
flight from Dalaman and Ercan in place of their usual Boeing 737-800
Brit Air Canadair CRJ 700 F-GRZA operated the afternoon Air France
service from Lyon in place of the usual CRJ 100. Unlike other aircraft
in the fleet it is in their own colour scheme
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-EFP which wears additional ".... say
Yes to Europe" titles operated their morning service to Dublin
Dash 8Q-400 G-PTHB - the next aircraft due to go to Olympic -
arrived at 1300 from Reykjavik at the end of its delivery flight
from Canada as the "BE 040". This aircraft was originally planned
to be G-FLBG with flybe but it will now painted in Olympic colours
at Norwich and become SX-OBB in due course
flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-JECV which had arrived from Norwich on
Sunday after repainting into Olympic colours operated the
afternoon flybe service to/from Stuttgart - flights "BE 7125/7126

Sunday 30 August 2009 - Dash 8 G-JECV arrives from Norwich after painting in Olympic colours

flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-JECV arrived from Norwich as the "BE 042D"
after repainting into Olympic colours in preparation for its lease to
that airline. It parked up on Terminal 2 Stand 24

Saturday 29 August 2009 - Army Air Corps Defender ZH004 visits the Elmdon apron

Army Air Corps Defender T3 ZH004 was a morning visitor to
the Elmdon apron before departing to RAF Aldergrove/Belfast
International Airport - its first visit to BHX

Friday 28 August 2009 - Thomson Boeing 757 G-BYAX departs to Reus

Winglet equipped Thomsonfly Boeing 757 G-BYAX was
a morning departure to Reus
CitationJet G-EDCJ was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron
Breaking news - second Airbus A380 to
visit Birmingham in September 2009!!
Airbus have just announced that an company Airbus A380 F-WWOW
will be making an approach and go around fly through at Bimingham
on Saturday 5 September 2009 as part of a UK tour on that date!!
The aircraft is provisionally scheduled time at BHX at 1540!!
The aircraft will also be visiting Edinburgh (1340), Prestwick (1400),
Port Rush for an Air Show (1420), Belfast City (1440) and Broughton
(1508) before return to Toulouse via Birmingham
See below for Airbus release
This visit is in addition to the planned visit by an Emirates A380
on Wednesday 9 September 2009 - for more information see -
Airbus A380 returning for a UK visit 5 September 2009
The world’s largest commercial airliner, the 525-seat Airbus A380, is returning
to the UK for a brief flying visit on September 5. The iconic aircraft will make its
first-ever visits to Scotland and Northern Ireland, and brief appearances over
England and Wales, during its time here.
The A380 is scheduled to first perform approach-and-go fly-throughs at the
airports in the capital city of Edinburgh and Prestwick, Scotland; followed by
a flying display at the Northern Ireland International Airshow at Portrush,
and a fly-through at Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland. It will also fly
over Airbus’ facility in Broughton, North Wales, where Airbus employees will
be celebrating the company’s founding 40 years ago, and over Birmingham
International Airport in England.
Tom Willliams, Airbus Executive Vice President of Programmes said: “We
are proud to welcome the A380 back to the UK, and that it will be visiting
Scotland and Northern Ireland for the first time. This visit demonstrates
what Airbus and its UK partners do together—design and build great aircraft.”
Birmingham-born Jeremy Cieslik, Vice President and Plant Manager for Airbus
in the UK Industrial Operations, is proud to welcome the A380 to his hometown:
“I hope the people of Birmingham are as proud as I am of the A380. It is the
flagship of the 21st century and sets new standards in eco-efficient aviation. And
every one of them is flying with wings designed and manufactured in the UK.”

Thursday 27 August 2009 - Austrian charters arrives for Aston Villa's "Europa League" tie

Lauda Air Boeing 737-800 OE-LNT was the last of the three charters
to arrive from Vienna for tonight's Aston Villa v Rapid Vienna UEFA
Europa League match - it had been preceded by....
.... Austrian Airbus A321 OE-LBE and....
.... MAP Executive Flightservice MD 83 OE-IKB
All three aircraft parked up on the 70's stands joining Lauda 73H
OE-LNR which had arrived on Wednesday morning. While Villa
won the match they lost the tie on away goals so are now out of
European football for the current season
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-EBS operated their lunchtime service
from Dubai and became the first aircraft to park on Stand 54C which
has two airbridges - BHX's new International Pier goes "World Class"!!
Thomsonfly Boeing 757 G-BYAX - which has winglets fitted -
is currently BHX based

Wednesday 26 August 2009 - Lauda Air Boeing 737 OE-LNR operates charter for Rapid Vienna

Lauda Air Boeing 737-8Z9 OE-LNR was a mid morning arrival
from Vienna operating a charter flight for the Aston Villa v Rapid
Vienna Europa League match - the aircraft parked on the 80's
stands and is staying until after the match on Thursday evening
Via Tauro Metro II EC-JIP operated a cargo charter from Ostrava
on Tuesday evening spending the day parked on the Elmdon apron
before departing in the late afternoon
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-EFP operated their lunchtime service
from Dublin - its first visit to BHX. It wears additional ".... say Yes
to Europe" titles in support of the second Irish referendum on the
EU Lisbon Treaty that will now be held in October 2009

Tuesday 25 August 2009 - PIA Boeing 777 AP-BGL operates their flight to Islamabad

PIA Boeing 777-240ER AP-BGL operated their service to Islamabad
CityJet Avro RJ 85 EI-RJT operated the late afternoon
Air France service to Paris CDG

Monday 24 August 2009 - Apron Control Tower

The Apron Control Tower which has been a feature of BHX's skyline
since the current Terminal opened in 1984 finally succumbed to the
demolition team working on the new International Pier....

.... being pulled apart by a "claw"....

.... and loaded into contractors trucks and removed from the site
By the end of the day only skeleton of the tower remained....
.... and BHX's skyline had been changed again as work continues
on the completion of the new International Pier
The same view in 1988 when the Apron Control Tower used to
dominate the skyline and the aircraft came from a earlier age!
Another view in 1991 after the opening of Eurohub - now Terminal 2
Apron Control Tower 1984-2009

Monday 24 August 2009 - Cyprus Turkish Boeing 737 TC-CTA operates flight from Ercan

Cyprus Turkish Boeing 737-86N TC-CTA operated their
delayed flight from Ercan via Dalaman
RAF VC 10 C1K XV101 was a later afternoon visitor operating
a Medevac flight before positioning to Brize Norton

Sunday 23 August 2009 - Maldivian Air Taxi Twin Otter C-FWKQ departs to Dubrovnik

Maldivian Air Taxi/Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter C-FWKQ which
had arrived from Keflavik on Saturday afternoon was a morning
departure to Dubrovnik on its way to the Maldives
US Airways Boeing 757 N938UW operated their service to Philadelphia
bmi Airbus A319 G-DBCH departed to Reus operating a peak
season IT flight having earlier arrived from Aberdeen
Blue Line MD 83 F-GMLX positioned in to operate the final
student charter back to Malaga
bmi regional Embraer 145 G-RJXI which is in a "Star Alliance"
colour scheme operated their service from Aberdeen
Air Berlin Boeing 737-800 D-ABKD which is in their new colour
scheme operated their weekly flight to Paderborn

Saturday 22 August 2009 - Maldivian Twin Otter C-FWKQ arrives from Keflavik

Maldivian Air Taxi/Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter C-FWKQ arrived
from Keflavik and parked up on the Elmdon apron for a nightstop
Onur Air Airbus A320 TC-OBE operated their IT flight
from Bordum - its first visit to BHX
Piper Twin Comanche G-BZRO was an evening arrival

Friday 21 August 2009 - RAF Tristar CC2 ZE705 operates a medevac flight

RAF Tristar CC2 ZE705 operated a medevac flight
before positioning to Brize Norton....
.... while VC 10 C1K XV107 operated a trooping flight to Hannover
bmi Airbus A321 G-MEDF which had brought Aston Villa home in
the early hours after their defeat by Rapid Vienna in the first leg of
their UEFA Europa League tie positioned back to Heathrow

Thursday 20 August 2009 - Zorex Metro EC-JYC departs to Zaragoza

Zorex Metro II EC-JYC arrived on Wednesday evening operating
a cargo charter from Dortmund. After spending the day parked up
on the Elmdon apron it departed to Zaragoza
TAG Galaxy HB-IUT was a morning arrival spending the day
parked on the Elmdon apron before departing

Wednesday 19 August 2009 - bmi Airbus A321 G-MEDF takes Aston Villa to Vienna

bmi 321 G-MEDF positioned in from Heathrow to take Aston Villa to
Vienna for their UEFA Europa League match against Rapid Vienna
on Thursday evening....
.... the aircraft was previously operated by British Airways
franchisee BMED and is in a hybrid colour scheme
Lufthansa Airbus A319 D-AILM operated their
morning service from Frankfurt
Dash 8Q-400 G-PTHA re-emerged from the flybe hangar now
registered SX-OBA and departed as "Pantheon 032P" to Norwich
for painting into Olympic colours – Pantheon are part of the
new Olympic Air and use flight code "NOA"
RAF Islander CC2A ZF573 was an afternoon visitor
to the Elmdon apron


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