Thursday 31 March 2011 - Boeing 727 "Super 27" M-FAHD makes a classic departure

Boeing 727-76 "Super 27" M-FAHD which had been parked up on
Taxiway Lima since Sunday prepared to depart back to Luton....
Photo: Ron Kosys
.... taxying round via the terminal
.... to line up on Runway 33 at Echo One
.... after a brief take off roll it was airbourne.. Photo: Ron Kosys
.... climbing away with style!!
Binair Metro III D-CAVA was an afternoon arrival.. Photo: Mike Hollick
TAG Aviation Learjet 60 G-LGAR was a day stopping
visitor to the Elmdon apron.. Photo: Mike Hollick

Wednesday 30 March 2011 - bmibaby Boeing 737 G-TOYK now named "jump in baby"!!

bmibaby Boeing 737-33R G-TOYK has recently
been repainted into their new colour scheme....
.... it is named "jump in baby" with a new
style "tiny" plus snorkel on the tail
easyJet Swiss Airbus A319-111 HB-JZV operated their flight
to Geneva - its second visit to BHX
Hawker 850XP HB-VOJ was a day stopping visitor
to the Elmdon apron.. Photo: Mike Hollick

Tuesday 29 March 2011 - London Executive Legacy G-RUBE visits the Elmdon apron

London Executive Legacy 600 G-RUBE was an afternoon arrival
returning from Turkey before positioning back to Oxford
Air Taxi Europe Diamond DA-42 Twin Star D-GAAA was an
afternoon arrival operating a freight charter.. Photo: Mike Hollick
Woodgate Air Charter Navajo Chieftain G-JAJK was a visitor
to the Elmdon apron.. Photo: Mike Hollick

Monday 28 March 2011 - London Exective Legacy 600 G-RUBE is morning visitor

London Executive Legacy 600 G-RUBE arrived from Oxford....
Photo: Mike Hollick
.... to operate a flight to Turkey.. Photo: Ron Kosys
Boeing 727-76 "Super 27" M-FAHD which had arrived on Sunday
spent the day parked on Taxiway Lima.. Photo: Ron Kosys
Roger Penske Racing Gulfstream 450 N500RP was a morning arrival
.... with Global Express 5000 N501JT arriving in the late afternoon
Photo: Mike Hollick
Premiair S-76B Spirit G-VONC was also a visitor.. Photo: Mike Hollick
RAF Tristar C2 ZE705 was a visitor to the Elmdon apron
operating a medivac flight.. Photo: Ron Kosys
SAS Airbus A321-232 OY-KBB operated their evening flight
from Copenhagen in place of the usual Canadair CRJ 900

Friday 25 March 2011 - flybe Dash 8 G-JEDP now wears "Go Skills City Guilds" titles

flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-JEDP which is in the "low cost" scheme
now wears additional "Go Skills City Guilds" titles on the nose
Lufthansa Regional Embraer 195LR D-AEBF operated their
afternoon service from Munich - its first visit to BHX
Contact Air Fokker 100 D-AFKC operated their final service
to Dusseldorf before this Lufthansa flight reverts to a Eurowings
Canadair CRJ 900 operation for the summer schedules
KLM cityhopper Fokker 100 PH-OFN operated their morning
service to Amsterdam in place of the usual Fokker 70
Challenger 601 N601DS which had arrived on Tuesday
was an early morning departure to Quebec, Canada

Thursday 24 March 2011 - a farewell to easyJet Boeing 737's operations at BHX?

easyJet Boeing 737-73V G-EZKD operated their flight to Geneva
- possibly the final visit of an easyJet 737 to BHX as the type
is withdrawn from their service and replaced by Airbus A319's
Swiss Avro RJ100 HB-IYY operated their lunchtime flight from
Zurich in place of the usual Helvetic Fokker 100
Air Malta Airbus A320-214 9H-AEQ operated their flight from Malta
West Air Europe BAe ATP G-BTPC operated their flight to Maastricht
BAe 125-1000B N46WC which had returned on Wednesday
evening was a morning departure.. Photo: Mike Hollick
Pilatus PC-12 D-FFHZ was a day stopping visitor.... Photo: Ron Kosys
.... while Air Charter Scotland Citation CJ2 G-OODM
.... and Beechjet 400A N709EL were late afternoon visitors
to the Elmdon apron.. Photo: Mike Hollick

Wednesday 23 March 2011 - Thomson Boeing 737 G-THOO operates IT flight from Monastir

Thomson Boeing 737-33V G-THOO operated their
weekly IT flight from Monastir
.Monarch Airbus A320-214 G-OZBK was a morning
departure to Tenerife
.Contact Air Fokker 100 D-AFKB operated the morning Lufthansa
service to Dusseldorf - the aircraft is in the "Star Alliance" scheme
Via Tauro Metro II EC-JIP which was an early morning arrival
spending the day parked up on the Elmdon apron

Birmingham Airport surges into the UK air cargo top 10 in 2010!!

The CAA - Civil Aviation Authority - have recently published
their annual 2010 traffic statistics which confirm that
Birmingham Airport has surged into the UK air cargo top 10,
based on tonnage of cargo handled last year
Carried across a combination of dedicated freight flights and
on passenger services, Birmingham processed over
21 thousand tonnes of cargo in 2010, up 65% on last year
During 2010, freight activity accounted for 3,121 flights, with
scheduled express freight services operated to France, Ireland
and the Netherlands, plus ad-hoc services to and from points
all over Europe
With the dedicated cargo apron proving ideal for these
operations, the Airport continues to win freight business
from around the country. As many of the consignments are
headed for major industrial and manufacturing centres
throughout the UK, Birmingham is an increasingly important
player in the logistics supply chain
Andrew Davies, Birmingham Airport's Head of Air Service
Development, said "We are delighted to see Birmingham
contribute to the ongoing growth in the manufacturing sector,
at such a critical time for the economy. Birmingham Airport's
24-hour, all weather capability and specialist cargo handling
partner Blue City Aviation, have proved especially useful to
the automotive sector, both nationally and locally"
"Many of the consignments we see pass through Birmingham
need to reach their destination urgently, so we play a major
part in keeping production lines open and we are pleased that,
with our partners, we are playing an important role in this"

Mike Hollick, Commercial Director at Blue City Aviation, said
"We are seeing a very positive trend in cargo movements,
indicative of a resurgence in Midlands manufacturing. The
Airport's cargo aircraft support, combined with the specialist
services provided by Blue City Aviation, ensure that Birmingham
has a reputation for rapid handling of priority cargo"
"We are now aiming for further growth in this sector and believe
that our bespoke service, allied with Birmingham's central location,
makes it ideal for freight operations"
Wednesday 23 March 2011

Tuesday 22 March 2011 - Challenger HB-JGT visits the Elmdon apron

Challenger 605 HB-JGT was an afternoon visitor from Stuttgart....
.... while Challenger 601 N601DS was a morning arrival
parking up to night stop
.Air Styria Citation II OE-GIL was a late afternoon visitor operating
a priority freight charter from Graz, Austria.. Photos: Mike Hollick
Citation CJ3 F-GSGL was a visitor departing to East Midlands
Citation II G-JBIS which arrived on Sunday remained parked up
CityLine Hungary Metro III HA-FAO was an early morning arrival
spending the day parked up on the Elmdon apron.. Photos: Mike Hollick

Winter 2010/11 - The end is nigh!!

Before we start looking at summer 2011 in detail - and now
we are in the final week of winter - it maybe helpful to note
the airline/types that currently operate to BHX but will not
be regular visitors after next weekend -
Contact Air - their final Fokker 100 flight is on Friday- there
is no service on Saturday this week - with the morning
Lufthansa Dusseldorf service reverting to a Eurowings
Canadair CRJ 900 from next Monday
easyJet - Friday should see their final Boeing 737-700
operated service to BHX - from next weekend all
flights will be operated by Airbus A319's
Lufthansa CityLine - while the final afternoon Cityline
Embraer 195 flight is on Saturday they will now be back
next Monday operating the mid morning service which
operates on Mondayto Friday - the other Munich
services being operated by Canadair CRJ 900's
Monarch - as is usual the based Airbus A320 will be replaced
by an A321 from the start of the summer schedules on Sunday
As always details interesting movements, one off charters
and planned aircraft allocations will appear at -

Tuesday 22 March 2011


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