Thursday 31 January 2013 - Citation CJ2 N493CJ is an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron

Citation CJ2 N493CJ was an afternoon arrival on the Elmdon apron quickly disappearing
into the Eurojet hangar - its first visit to BHX

Titan BAe 146-200QC G-ZAPK returned from Seville before positioning out to Stansted

Cello BAe 146-200 G-RAJJ spent the day parked up on the Elmdon apron in front of Hangar 1

Aer Lingus Regional/Aer Arann ATR 42-300 EI-CPT operated their flight to Knock
quickly lifting off Runway 33 on another windy day

Birmingham Airport Runway Extension Video

This is the first of a series of videos that will record progress on the diversion of the
A45 Coventry Road and construction of the Runway Extension at Birmingham Airport
- filmed during November 2012

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Wednesday 30 January 2013 - Bin Air Metro D-CAVA visits on priority freight charter flight

Bin Air Metro III D-CAVA was an afternoon visitor operating a priority freight charter flight

Titan BAe 146-200QC G-ZAPK was an early morning visitor to the Elmdon apron
positioning in from Stansted to operate a charter flight to Seville

easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZGF operated their flight from Geneva - its first visit to BHX

Lufthansa Boeing 737-530 D-ABIP operated their lunchtime service to Frankfurt

Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZY operated their weekly IT flight from Enfidha in Tunisia

Tuesday 29 January 2013 - Falcon Express Cargo Airlines Beech 1900C A6-FCD makes transit stop

Falcon Express Cargo Airlines Beech 1900C-1 A6-FCD made a brief transit stop while
routing from Budapest to Prestwick - its first visit to BHX
 Photo: Mike Hollick

The aircraft has been in storage at Tokol near Budapest and is now being ferried
to the USA on delivery to Ameriflight

bmi regional Embraer 145EU G-EMBJ which had arrived on Monday evening spent the
day parked up on the Elmdon apron waiting to take Newcastle United FC home after
their "Premier League" football match against Aston Villa Photo: Mike Hollick

Titan Boeing 757-256 G-ZAPX positioned in from Stansted to operate a charter to Seville

Monday 28 January 2013 - Hadleigh Agusta A-109E Power G-GCMM visits the Elmdon apron

Hadleigh Agusta A-109E Power G-GCMM was a lunchtime visitor to the Elmdon apron while....

Pilatus PC-12 LX-JFU was an afternoon visitor when it diverted in due to poor weather at Shobdon Photos: Mike Hollick

TAG Aviation Global Express G-XXRS which arrived on Sunday evening was a morning departure

Birmingham Airport CEO welcomes HS2 Extension

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, today/Monday welcomed the Government’s
announcement of the preferred route for the second phase of HS2 and stressed the need to
establish an aviation strategy that "complements the investment in HS2"

In response to the HS2 announcement, Kehoe said, "Today’s announcement is a welcome step
towards making HS2 a reality. It sets out how the full network connects eight out of ten of our
key cities and will transform the economic geography of the UK. HS2 will enable our cities to
work more efficiently together to help rebalance the economy and boost national growth

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"Airports are a critical part of this story and we need to build a vision for UK aviation that
complements the investment in HS2. HS2 will bring Birmingham Airport within one hour’s
journey time of 30% of the UK population and just over half an hour from London. By
providing passengers with more choice of where to fly from, it will help us make best use
of spare capacity at airports across the UK"
"But to support the growth of our great cities, we need to build a truly integrated air-rail
transport system where HS2 links together a network of national airports. This will ensure
that cities outside of the South-East have thriving airports to support local businesses to
grow and prosper. We will continue to work with the Airports Commission to best establish
how HS2 can complement the UK’s aviation strategy"

In response to the decision to put on hold plans for a spur to Heathrow Airport until after
the Airports Commission had delivered its conclusions in 2015, Kehoe said: "Building a
new rail link to an airport that is already overflowing is clearly illogical, and so the decision
to put on hold plans for a Heathrow spur is the right one. The Airports Commission must
be given the space to conduct its inquiry outside of the political spotlight so that they can
establish the best solution to UK aviation policy" 

Monday 28 January 2013

Sunday 27 January 2013 - Challenger 604 N777J makes a morning visit to the Elmdon apron

Challenger 604 N777J made a brief morning visit to the Elmdon apron

Netjets Citation XLS CS-DXV which had arrived on Saturday departed to Guernsey while....

Cessna 510 Mustang OE-FZC which had also arrived on Saturday spent the day parked up

Swiss Airbus A321-111 HB-IOF operated their morning service to Zurich
in place of the usual Helvetic Fokker 100

Saturday 26 January 2013 - Monarch Airbus A320 G-OZBY makes its first visit to BHX

Monarch Airbus A320-214 G-OZBY positioned in from Manchester to operate a delayed flight to Venice
- its first visit since joining Monarch although it had previously visited when it was G-OOAR with First Choice

Austrian Airbus A320-214 OE-LBR operated their weekly IT flight to Innsbruck - its first visit to BHX

easyJet Airbus A320-214 G-EZTH operated their afternoon service from Geneva - also on its first visit....

.... while Airbus A319-111 G-EZIO which wears a special Unicef "Change for Good" colour scheme
operated their morning service to Belfast International

Citation Bravo G-ORMH which had diverted in on Friday evening when Leeds Bradford
was closed by snow was an afternoon departure

flybe announce new daily Embraer 175 jet service from Birmingham Airport to Lyon

flybe has today/Friday 25 January 2013 announced its latest brand new route from
Birmingham that offers daily weekday flights to Lyon from 1 May 2013 operated
by one of flybe’s brand new 88-seat Embraer 175 jet aircraft
The brand new year round service follows flybe’s successful launch of its Birmingham to
Amsterdam route late last year and is expected to benefit similarly a mix of business and
leisure passengers. Lyon is the largest conurbation in France after Paris and offers a wealth
of opportunities being not only a major centre for the banking, chemical, bio and pharmaceutical
sectors but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and renowned capital of all things gastronomic
Fares are available for booking now at with special introductory fares
available from £39.99 one way including taxes and charges

Simon Lilley, flybe’s Director of Marketing comments: "flybe is committed to developing
its route network out of Birmingham. We have every confidence that this additional new
service will prove successful in offering an attractive and affordable way for travellers
to access this major business and popular leisure destination"

Adds Mr Lilley: "Our new weekday service to Lyon will further complement our already
extensive schedule to and from Birmingham Airport that now features a total of 23 routes
and a total choice of up to 598 flights each week. flybe looks forward to welcoming our
first Lyon passengers on board our new jet service in May"

Birmingham (BHX) to Lyon (LYS) from 1 May 2013
Monday to Friday
Dep BHX 1030 arr LYS 1315 Dep LYS 1340 arr BHX 1425
Dep BHX 1745 arr LYS 2030 Dep LYS 2055 arr BHX 2140

Friday 25 January 2013

Friday 25 January 2013 - Beechjet Premier 1A OY-FLW visits the Elmdon apron

Another busy day on the Elmdon apron! - visitors included Beechjet 390 Premier 1A OY-FLW....

Air Alliance Express Learjet 35A D-CEXP which operated an air ambulance flight and....

Airlec Air Espace Citation 1 F-HFRA which had arrived on Thursday evening Photos: Mike Hollick

Citation CJ4 F-HGLO was a morning visitor departing to East Midlands

CityJet Fokker 50 OO-VLF was a morning arrival operating a day stopping charter from Rotterdam

Thursday 24 January 2013 - Michelin Falcon 50EX F-HAPN is an evening visitor to the Elmdon apron

Michelin Air Services Falcon 50EX F-HAPN was an evening visitor to the Elmdon apron while....

Boeing 737-7AU BBJ VP-BIZ spent the day parked up before departing to the Seychelles....

.... and King Air D-ICMK was a day stopping visitor Photos: Mike Hollick

FIT Conseil Britten Norman BN-2T Islander F-HFIT made another of its regular visits
when it stopped for fuel while routing from Cumbernauld to its home base at Pontoise

PDG Helicopter Eurocopter Ecureuil 2 G-PDGT departed on a local flight

Aer Lingus Regional/Aer Arann ATR 42-300 EI-EHH operated their flight to Knock

bmi regional launches 3 new routes from Birmingham Airport to Gothenburg, Lyon and Toulouse

bmi regional today/Thursday 24 January 2013 announced the launch of three new European
routes from Birmingham Airport. The airline continues its network expansion with the launch
of routes from Birmingham to three important European cities: Gothenburg, Lyon and Toulouse
Cathal O’Connell, chief executive, bmi regional said: "The launch of these routes to Gothenburg,
Lyon and Toulouse is a continuation of bmi regional’s promise to serve key economic and tourism
hubs across Europe. Launching our first services from Birmingham Airport is an indication of our
commitment to UK regions and a significant investment to position the airline for growth"
"bmi regional’s choice of destinations is based on business and leisure customer demand. Toulouse
is a significant base for the aerospace business, Gothenburg and Lyon are home to major car
manufacturing sites as well as high-tech industries. These three European cities are great destinations
for leisure customers as well, boasting Unesco Heritage Sites, amazing foods and great outdoor
activities nearby. With fares starting from £59 each way, we also expect to see a boost in both
inbound visitors to the Birmingham and the Midlands", said O’Connell
William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said: "It is fantastic news
that bmi regional has chosen to launch these routes as its first services from Birmingham. These
three new routes, operated on an Embraer jet aircraft, are currently unserved from the Airport,
meaning passengers have even more choice from their airport to visit these great destinations. 
As an Airport we strive to cater for all our passengers and having bmi regional on board as a
full service airline complements our portfolio.  We look forward to working with bmi regional
to develop these services and further additional services in the future"
Non-stop flights to Gothenburg, Lyon and Toulouse from Birmingham commence on
Monday 13 May 2013 with six flights on each route per week
The new routes go on sale on on Tuesday 5 February 2013

About bmi regional - all flights include complimentary food & drink on-board, free 20kg hold
baggage allowance, 30 minute check-in and an all jet Embraer fleet. bmi regional employs
over 400 staff throughout the UK. The airline became independent from bmi in June 2012

Thursday 24 January 2013

Wednesday 23 January 2013 - Boeing 737-7AU BBJ VP-BIZ makes its first visit to BHX

Boeing 737-7AU BBJ VP-BIZ was an afternoon arrival on the Elmdon apron when it positioned in from Stansted
to night stop - the first visit to BHX of this aircraft which has been a Coventry regular in recent times

PDG Helicopters Eurocopter Ecureuil 2 G-PDGT arrived in a snow shower also parking up
to night stop - it wears "Electricity" titles Photo: Mike Hollick

Thomson Boeing 737-8K5 G-FDZY operated their weekly IT flight from Enfidha in Tunisia

Air Berlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABMB operated their flight from Hannover

Air France to start making regular use of their Airbus A321's to Birmingham on service from Paris CDG

Air France are planning to start making regular use of their 200 seat Airbus A321's to Birmingham
on their service from Paris CDG which is currently operated by a mix of Airbus A318/319/320's....
.... this follows the first visit of an Air France Air Airbus A321 to BHX on Friday 18 January 2013
with it helped with the catch up after an earlier closure of the airport due to snow
At present the first planned Air France 321 is scheduled for Friday 8 February 2013 when it
operates both the morning and lunchtime rotations on that day
Air France 321's then appear on selected days/flights through the rest of the winter schedule
- as always details will appear on the "Whats due at Birmingham" page - see header above
Schedule subject to change

Thursday 24 January 2013


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