Wednesday 31 March 2010 - Eurocypria double! - Boeing 737's 5B-DBU and 5B-DBZ both visit BHX

Eurocypria double! - Boeing 737-8Q8 5B-DBU operated their
first IT flight of the summer 2010 season to Paphos....
.... while Boeing 737-8BK 5B-DBZ operated the Cyprus Airways
scheduled service from Larnaca on their behalf

Thomson bookings up - increase BHX capacity

TUI Travel, parent company to Thomson, have reported
strong forward bookings for Summer 2010....
.... as a result from Thursday 20 May 2010 one of the BHX
based Boeing 757's will be replaced by a Boeing 767-300!
This aircraft is in addition to the First Choice/Thomson
Boeing 767-300 that will be based at BHX for part of the week
to operate the long haul IT flights - Cancun, Sanford etc
As a result a large number of short haul Thomson IT flights
from BHX are being "upgraded" to a Boeing 767-300 which
will remain based until the end of October 2010
Wednesday 31 March 2010

Tuesday 30 March 2010 - Challenger 300 OE-HII visits the Elmdon apron

Challenger 300 OE-HII - callsign "Niki One" - was a visitor....
.... to the Elmdon apron later departing back to Vienna
Lufthansa Boeing 737-530 D-ABIT operated their lunchtime flight
to Frankfurt - the aircraft wears additional "" titles
on the rear fuselage

Monday 29 March 2010 - Welcome Air Dornier 328 OE-GBB visits on an air ambulance flight

Welcome Air Dornier 328 OE-GBB which had arrived on
Sunday evening operating an Air Ambulance flight was a
morning departure from the Elmdon apron
Turkish Airbus A321-231 TC-JRL operated their flight
from Istanbul in place of the planned Boeing 737-700

Sunday 28 March 2010 - easyJet Airbus A319 G-EZDJ has "I love Malpensa" titles

easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZDJ operated their flight to
Grenoble - the aircraft has "I love Malpensa" - their Milan
base - titles on the nose
The start of the Summer 2010 schedules saw a number of changes....
.... Swiss Avro RJ 100 HB-IXQ operated their lunchtime
service to Zurich replacing the Helvetic Fokker 100 on this
rotation for the summer
Lufthansa resumed using Canadair CRJ 900's on their services
from Munich with D-ACKL operating the first flight
bmi regional Embraer 145EP G-RJXC arrived from Aberdeen as
"Kittiwake 1325" following the change of their callsign from "Midland"
Citation N28AR was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

Thursday 25 March 2010 - Turkish Boeing 737 TC-JFV flying for Manchester United!!

Turkish Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JFV operated their service to Istanbul
- its second visit to BHX since it was painted in a special scheme to
mark their sponsorship of Manchester United FC
Falcon 200 VP-CCL of "New Yorker" the German fashion
company was a morning arrival
Air Med Piper Cheyenne 2XL G-FCED was a morning visitor
to the Elmdon apron

Birmingham calls for direct flights to India!!

Paul Kehoe CEO of Birmingham Airport and Mike Whitby leader of
Birmingham City Council with representives of the region's business
community and supporters of the Fly India campaign
A 20,000 signature petition is today being delivered to the Indian Government’s
Minister for Civil Aviation in Delhi to show the strong demand in the Midlands for
the reintroduction of direct non-stop flights between Birmingham and India.
However, the two bosses leading the campaign say that there’s still much more
that can be done and are urging the region’s business and Asian communities to
get behind their "Fly India" campaign to help them reinstate direct non-stop services
Councillor Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council and organiser of the
initial petition delivered today, explains, “The response received following the
launch of my petition last October has been tremendous, with more than 20,000
signatures already received and the petition is now en route to India.
Nevertheless, I am now working with the Airport to give the Fly India campaign
another push and gain even more support so that we can demonstrate, with
little doubt, the overwhelming demand for direct flights
between Birmingham and India"
“The potential economical, social and cultural benefits to be reaped if these
flights were in place would be significant and would be a real demonstration of
the natural links that exist between Birmingham, the Midlands and India. It is
also key to our status as a truly Global City in developing our ever-growing ties
with the emerging markets in India and the wider sub-continent"
“What we need now is for the Indian community and businesses to get behind
this campaign to ensure we send a powerful message to those airlines that are
able to provide direct flights, such as Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher“
The Midlands Asian market speaks for itself. There are 1.3m Indian people living
in England and the city of Birmingham alone has five times as many Indians as the
city of Manchester. Outside of London, the West Midlands has more Indians living
within it than any other region in England, with 15% of England’s total, some
200,000 people
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport adds, “I’ve been the Chief Executive of
the Airport now for over a year and I still find it incredible that although there
are around 350,000 people of Indian origin living in the one hour catchment
of the Airport, there hasn’t been a direct flight to India since October 2008"
“To secure its slots at Heathrow, Air India sadly moved its Delhi-Amritsar
-Birmingham-Toronto in 2008 to the capital. During its three years at
Birmingham however, demand was never a problem. In fact, in the last year
of operation alone it carried 100,000 people between Amritsar, Delhi,
Birmingham and Toronto and its load factors were often more than 85% full
“We therefore want to give the power back to the community by asking them
to support our campaign and give us the evidence so we can show prospective
airlines and the Indian authorities that there’s a compelling case – both
economic and social – for services to be reintroduced.”

To support the campaign please go to -
and sign the petition and make a comment or
become a fan of the Fly India facebook page at -
Thursday 25 March 2010

Wednesday 24 March 2010 - Boeing 727-76 "Super 27" M-FAHD departs to Cairo

Boeing 727-76 "Super 27" M-FAHD which had arrived
on Monday morning departed to Cairo off Runway 15
Photo: Ron Kosys
Photo: Ron Kosys
Scot Airways Dornier 328-110 G-BYHG positioned in to take
Sunderland FC back to Newcastle after their Premier League
football match against Aston Villa - it has recently returned
from lease to Blue Islands whose tail scheme it still wears

Tuesday 23 March 2010 - Challenger N604AR visits the Elmdon apron

Challenger 604 N604GR was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron
CityLine Hungary Antonov 26B HA-TCM which had been parked
up at BHX since last Friday morning departed off Runway 15

Monday 22 March 2010 - Boeing 727 "Super 27" M-FAHD surprise morning arrival

Boeing 727-76 "Super 27" M-FAHD was a morning arrival....
.... parking on the Elmdon apron
Royal Danish Air Force Challenger 604 C-168 was a morning arrival
- it wears "80 Years" titles - to collect passengers off....
.... RAF Tristar C2A ZE706 which arrived on a Medevac flight
CityLine Embraer 190-100LR D-AECD operated the morning
Lufthansa service from Frankfurt - its first visit to BHX
Aer Arran ATR 72-212A EI-REO operated their service from
Waterford - the aircraft has recently been repainted in
Aer Lingus Regional colours in advance of their new franchise
agreement that starts at the end of March 2010

Friday 19 March 2010 - Turkish Boeing 737 TC-JFV flying in Manchester United colours

Turkish Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JFV operated their service from
Istanbul - its first visit to BHX since it was painted in a special
scheme to mark their sponsorship of Manchester United FC
Mote photos soon!!

Thursday 18 March 2010 - CityLine Hungary Antonov 26 HA-TCN afternoon arrival

CityLine Hungary Antonov 26 HA-TCN was an afternoon arrival....
.... operating a priority freight charter and parking....
.... on the Elmdon apron to offload the freight....
.... next to Antonov 26 HA-TCM which had arrived earlier in the day
Central Connect Airlines Saab 340A OK-CCE was an evening visitor
to the Elmdon apron operating a priority freight charter flight
Pilatus PC-12 G-DAKI was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

Wednesday 17 March 2010 - Nightexpress Short 360 D-CCAS morning arrival

Nightexpress Short 360-300 D-CCAS was a morning arrival
on a priority freight charter flight....
.... parking on the Elmdon apron
.... while Farnair Europe Fokker Friendship 500 HA-FAD....
..... was an late afternoon arrival nightstopping on the Elmdon apron
Eastern Saab 2000 G-CERZ operated another in the series of charters
to Grosseto, Italy, in connection with the dealer launch of the new
Jaguar XJ the titles for which appear on the forward fuselage
Cessna 750 Citation X N610GR which had arrived on Tuesday evening
was an afternoon departure

Spanair to serve Birmingham Airport from Barcelona and Madrid!!

Spanair have announced that they will launching new routes
from Barcelona and Madrid to Birmingham!!
+ Barcelona commences on Thursday 20 May 2010
and will be operated 4 times a week
+ Madrid commences on Tuesday 25 May 2010 and
will be operated 3 times a week
Spanair, a member of the Star Alliance network, will operate an
Airbus A320 aircraft with 168 seats, which will be split into
Business and Economy cabins on board. Timings have been
scheduled to meet business and leisure travellers' needs and
both destinations will be served all year round
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's CEO, said, "From May we will
provide the only direct Madrid service south of Liverpool and north
of Watford Gap and with the excellent road and rail access to
Birmingham it's a no brainer for people wanting to reach Spain's
capital city from this stretch of the country. We are obviously
delighted too with the news that Barcelona will continue to be
available for our passengers once the current service stops in June"
Spanair CEO Mike Szucs commented: "With the introduction of
these new routes from Birmingham, Spanair is delighted to create
a year-round gateway to Spain from the Heart of England. Via our
hubs in Barcelona and Madrid, passengers will enjoy connections to
a range of Spanish peninsula cities and Islands, which they could
otherwise only reach during the peak season with low cost carriers
and charter flights. With competitive fares, a free baggage
allowance and allocated seating, Spanair offers tremendous value
to leisure travellers, while allowing business travellers to fly direct
to Spain's leading business centres in Barcelona and Madrid
without enduring the hassle of London's airports or connecting
flights. We are very much looking forward to filling the gap left
by low cost and full service airlines on these important
routes for the Midlands region"
Flights can be booked at -
Wednesday 17 March 2010


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