Birmingham Airport Review 2009

Welcome to "BHX 2009 - The Year in Review" which brings the
"highlights" of the year at Birmingham together in photo review
2009 was always going to be a challenging year for the airport and
airline industry but for BHX it has also been a memorable one....
.... the airport celebrated its 70th anniversary and the opening of the
new International Pier in style on Wednesday 9 September 2009
with the visit of Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EDE - only the second
UK airport (after Heathrow) to handle a scheduled Airbus A380!
To look back at that day and the other events during the Airport's
70th year which included the 25th anniversary of the opening on
the present terminal site in 1984 please go to -
This was the second visit of an Airbus A380 to BHX as F-WWOW
performed a flypast a few days before on Saturday 5 September 2009
Other highlights of the year included -
New at BHX
BHX is very successful at attracting new airlines even if some of
them to not last very long! - Air Sylhet/Akal Air started a service
to Amritsar, India, via Vienna with Boeing 757-225 TF-LLY....
.... while Hellenic Imperial started a service to Athens and onto
Jeddah with Boeing 747-230BM SX-TIE however both operations
only lasted a few weeks
flybe maintenance

flybe have a maintenance base at BHX which covers their based

fleet, usually receives new DH4's on delivery from Canada and
now deals with an increasing amount of third party work. Star
visitor Virgin Nigeria Embraer 190-100IGW 5N-VNH which
came to the UK for repairs after a bird strike in Nigeria....
.... while it also handled a number of Dash 8Q-400's on there way
to Olympic who have leased the aircraft from flybe
2009 has seen many, many diversions to BHX - while most were
aircraft of UK/European airlines some were more exotic! - the
year started off well when Air Seychelles Boeing 767-204ER
N767HS/(ex S7-EXL) diverted in due to poor weather at Kemble
which was to be its final resting place....
.... while Airlift International Douglas DC 8 63F 9G-RAC managed
to divert in twice in April 2009 due to poor weather at Lyneham
Deliveries and transit flights
Turkmenistan had no less than 5 delivery flights via BHX - VIP
Boeing 767-32KER EZ-A700 passed through in April 2009 on its way
for maintenance at Lakeland/Kelly AFB outside San Antonio, USA....
.... while four new Boeing 737-7GL's went the other way on delivery
Maldivian Air Taxi/Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter's made regular
visits to their way to/from the Maldives although these flights
look to cease in 2010 as Kenn Borek Air have recently disposed
of their interest in Maldivian Air Taxi
The Elmdon apron, on the western side of the airfield handles
business and general aviation - Airbus A318-112 CJ Elite LX-GJC
of Global Jet Luxembourg was one of the star movements....
.... while BHX regular Sikorsky S 92 N908W joined the
UK register as G-LAWX
2009 was the year "cargo" returned to BHX! - what started as a
few priority freight flights turned into a full scale airlift thanks to
the launch of the new Vauxhall Astra and the needs to get the right
parts in the right place at the right time! - no less than three
different Meridian Aviation Antonov 12's visited....
.... and one evening saw two CityLine Hungary Antonov 26's parked
on the Elmdon apron. On top of these freight Dornier 228's,
Friendship's, Metro's, and Saab 340's are now regular visitors
The cold winds of recession blew far and wide - on 8 December 2009
Coventry Airport closed resulting influx of freighters and GA aircraft
French Air Force Airbus A340-211 F-RAJB was only the second
A340 to visit BHX when it operated a trooping flight from the USA
- two of their Airbus A310's also visited....
.... while there were several visits by US Army Beech RC-12K's
when they temporarily moved from Germany to Mildenhall
"Least we forget"
Unfortunately BHX also continued to receive regular visits of RAF
Medevac flights from Afghanistan carrying injured service personnel
on their way to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, based at
Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham
That completes the "highlights" of 2009 - for more information on
the above aircraft or to see photos of the many other aircraft that
visited BHX during the year just "click" the heading in the index in
the right hand column which will take you to the original postings
To see a larger image of any of the photos just "click" on them
Happy New Year!
Gordon Stretch

Thursday 31 December 2009 - RVL Cessna 406 G-TURF visits the Elmdon apron

Coastguard Cessna 406 G-TURF which operated on their
behalf by RVL was an afternoon arrival on the Elmdon apron
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-EGB spent the day parked on Stand 24

Tuesday 29 December 2009 - West Atlantic BAe ATP G-BTPH positions out to Coventry

West Atlantic BAe ATP G-BTPH which had spent Christmas
parked up on the Elmdon apron positioned across to Coventry
Air Contractors ATR 72-202 EI-SLG which operates the FedEx
service to Paris CDG spent the day parked up on the Elmdon apron

Monday 28 December 2009 - Thomson Boeing 737 G-FDZA now "Reindeer Powered"!!

Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZA was an early morning departure to
Las Palmas - the only "Reindeer Powered" powered 737 based at BHX!
- note Santa on the inside of the winglets - "click" image to enlarge!

Sunday 27 December 2009 - Mahan Air Airbus A300 EP-EMR spends day under repair

Mahan Air Airbus A300B4-603 EP-MNR returned to BHX after
departure to Tehran on Saturday evening and spent the day
parked on the 80's stands being repaired
Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZA which wears a special festive
Christmas scheme was an afternoon arrival from Monastir
Citation CJ1 YU-MTU was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron
Swiss Airbus A320-212 HB-IJX operated their morning service
to Zurich in place of the usual Helevetic Fokker 100
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Saturday 26 December 2009 - Boxing Day

bmibaby Boeing 737-59D G-BVKB which had been wearing the
"Children in Need" coloured dots scheme returned to (a foggy) BHX
on Christmas Eve after repainting into a “new” scheme – same
billboard titles as some of the fleet but with the new style “tiny” on
the tail – it has also been renamed “Jelly Baby” (was “Pudsey Bear”)
Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZA which wears a special festive
scheme arrived from Tenerife on Christmas Day evening and was
an early morning departure to Salzburg....
.... returning in the afternoon to display the scheme on the other
side of the aircraft including a Father Christmas on the inside of
the winglets - "click" image to enlarge!
First Choice Boeing 767-324ER G-OOBL positioned in from East
Midlands to operate a Thomson flight to Barbados - the first visit
of a "76W" - Boeing 767-300 with winglets - to BHX
Citation Bravo G-YPRS was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

Friday 25 December 2009 - Christmas Day

BHX remained open right through the holidays - Emirates
Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBX operated their service from
Dubai on the morning of Christmas Day
Happy Christmas!!
See Santa's jet at

Thursday 24 December 2009 - Christmas Eve

After what has seemed like days of diversions the fog
descended on a packed Elmdon apron

Wednesday 23 December 2009 - easyJet Airbus A319's divert in from South East!!

Another night of diversions from the South East resulted in an early
morning view of 5 easyJet Airbus A319's parked on the 70's stands
Cobham Flight Inspection Super King Air B200 G-FPLB
spent the morning checking the Runway 33 ILS
Sky Taxi Saab 340A SP-MRB which had arrived on Tuesday evening
spent the morning parked on the Elmdon apron before departing

Tuesday 22 December 2009 - WDL Friendship D-AELK visits on freight charter

WDL Aviation Cargo Fokker Friendship 600 D-AELK was
an afternoon arrival on the Elmdon apron positioning in
from Cologne to operate a freight charter to Zweibrucken
easyJet Airbus A319 G-EZDP was one of 31 aircraft that diverted
into BHX on Monday evening after heavy snow effected airports
in the South East including Luton, Stansted and Gatwick....
.... from where Viking Hellas MD 83 SX-SMS had diverted - it
operated its next flight direct from BHX to Arrecife....
.... while BA Cityflyer/British Airways BAe Avro RJ100 G-BZAY
which had diverted from London City positioned out to Edinburgh
- it still wears BA Connect titles
Regional Fokker 100 F-GNLK operated the morning Air France
service from/to Paris CDG in place of the usual CityJet RJ85
Atlantic Airlines BAe ATP G-BTPF was an afternoon departure

Monday 21 December 2009 - CityLine Hungary Antonov 26 HA-TCO visits the Elmdon apron

CityLine Hungary Antonov 26 HA-TCO was an afternoon arrival
positioning in to operate a freight charter to Zweibrucken - it
returned again later in the evening to operate another rotation


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