Avro Vulcan "V bomber" XH558 performs a flypast at Birmingham Airport on Saturday 29 September 2012

Avro Vulcan B2 XH558 performed a flypast during the afternoon....

.... arriving from Coventry before turning onto finals

.... and flying along Runway 33 Photo: Mike Hollick

.... at a height of about 250 feet

.... with all the atmosphere you would expect

.... and just when you thought it was all over

.... a final wave of the wings as it climbed away en route to Cosford and the rest of its tour round the UK

Saturday 29 September 2012

Radar Watch - Friday 28 September 2012

Contractors lifted the second section onto the new Radar Tower....

..... almost there!


New Radar Tower - new view!!
Friday 28 September 2012

Radar Watch - Thursday 20 September 2012

 Contractors lifted the base of the new radar....

.... into position during the afternoon

.... which had arrived in two sections

.... and was carefully fixed into place
.... the concrete base and foundations having been
completed earlier in the summer

Aurela Boeing 737 LY-SKA comes off the Taxiway at Birmingham Airport

Aurela Boeing 737-35B LY-SKA came off the Taxiway 
after landing on Runway 33 while operating Monarch 
flight ZB467 from Nice....

.... the passengers were soon onto coaches

.... while the aircraft was recovered and towed back to 
the airport terminal - no one was hurt but the runway 
was closed for two hours with many inbound 
flights diverting to other airports

Monday 17 September 2012 - Falcon N615MS spends day parked on the Elmdon apron

Falcon 900 N615MS which had arrived on Sunday evening on
its first visit to BHX spent the day parked up Photo: Mike Hollick

Falcon 900B N900MG was an afternoon arrival
from Farmingdale, New York State, in the USA

Citation CJ3 D-CJAK which had arrived on Sunday
was a morning departure Photo: Mike Hollick

Linxair Citation Excel S5-BDG made a brief evening visit

Robinson R-44 G-WALI was a day stopping visitor Photo: Mike Hollick

OLT Express Fokker 100 D-AGPH operated the lunchtime
Swiss service to Zurich - it is in "Star Alliance" colours....

.... with OLT Express titles by the front passenger door
- the aircraft was previously operated by Contact Air who
were taken over by OLT Express on 1 September 2012

Sunday 16 September 2012 - Lufthansa Embraer 195 D-AEBS on first visit to BHX

Lufthansa Regional Embraer 195LR D-AEBS operated their
afternoon service from Munich - its first visit to BHX

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRXE operated their afternoon
service to Paris CDG in place of the usual Airbus A318

Turkmenistan Boeing 737-82K EZ-A004 operated
their afternoon flight from Ashgabat

Saturday 8 September 2012 - CityJet and Loganair operate charters from Stornoway

CityJet Avro RJ85 EI-RJY was a morning arrival operating
a day stopping charter from Stornoway in the Western Isles....

.... followed in by Loganair/flybe Saab 340B G-LGNC from the
same destination both aircraft parking up for the day at BHX

bmibaby Boeing 737-3Q8 G-TOYI was a morning departure
to Malaga as they operated their final Saturday schedule....

.... with Boeing 737-3Q8 G-TOYD an afternoon departure
operating their final service to Lisbon before the airlines
ceases operations on Sunday 9 September 2012

Citation CJ2 OE-FLP was a day stopping visitor while....

.... Tyrol Air Ambulance Citation Bravo OE-GPS made
a brief evening visit to the Elmdon apron

Friday 7 September 2012 - Gainjet Boeing 737 SX-MTF back from Baku with England U21's

GainJet/Multiflight Boeing 737-329 SX-MTF which had
returned in the early hours of the morning from Baku
with the England Under 21 Football team after their
match against Azerbaijan positioned out to Norwich

Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-231 TC-JRV operated
their flight to Istanbul - its first visit to BHX

Brussels Airlines Dash 8-402Q G-ECOI which is operated
on their behalf by flybe operated their morning service

Balkan Holidays Airbus A320-212 LZ-BHB operated the
final rotation of their additional peak season weekly IT
flight positioning out to Bourgas

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-EVA operated their afternoon
service from Dublin - its first visit to BHX

Luftwaffe Transall C-160D 51+02 was a morning visitor
to collect the Military band that had arrived on 50+54
on Wednesday Photo: Mike Hollick

Citation CJ2 D-IJOA was a day stopping visitor....

.... while Citation Excel G-VECT which had been on maintenance
in the Eurojet hangar went across to Taxiway Echo to do some
engine runs before later departing Photos: Mike Hollick

Other visitors included Piper Cheyenne III D-IABA....

.... Piper Cherokee Arrow III G-OKEN

.... Cirrus SR-22 N150ZZ

.... and Robin HR.200G-GMKE Photos: Mike Hollick

August 2012 passenger figures at Birmingham

Birmingham Airport handled 1,031,259 passengers during
August 2012 - an increase of 9.1% on the previous year

August was always going to be an exceptional month
and it did not disappoint! - the strong growth seen at
the end of July when the two additional based Monarch
aircraft arrived at Birmingham continued throughout the
month resulting in the passengers numbers exceeding
"one million in a month" for the first time since 2009

Unfortunately this mini boom will be a one off and is
linked to the circumstances surrounding the planned
closure of bmibaby (which took in early September)
which has seen Monarch double up on many of their
routes/services for the peak summer season while at
the same time East Midlands Airport had already lost
a number of bmibaby routes/services

While September started strongly now that bmibaby
have ceased operations - with the loss of 4 Birmingham
based aircraft - and flybe and Monarch have added
additional services at East Midlands expect things
to rapidly return to normal

During August significant growth was achieved
on scheduled flights to destinations such as -
Dubrovnik 267.1%, Hamburg 93.1%, Milan 79.6%,
Nice 72.2%, Avignon 69.1%, Larnaca 68.0%,
Dalaman 66.1%, Katowice 53.7%, Palma 49.9%,
Istanbul 49.5%, Gerona 44.2% and Ibiza 37.1%

Charter traffic which experience growth included -
Egypt 87.7%, Tunisia 42.9% and Italy 35.4%

Scheduled traffic accounted for 75.1% of the total
passenger traffic in August whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 24.9%

Friday 14 September 2012


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