Wednesday 22 May 2013 - Hawker 800XP M-YCEF departs to the Isle of Man and on for sale in the USA

Hawker 800XP M-YCEF which has been a BHX regular over the last year spent
the day parked on the Elmdon apron before departing ..... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... to the Isle of Man and onto the USA where the aircraft is now up for sale

Global Express VP-CEB was an evening visitor to the Elmdon apron while....

Perfect Aviation Learjet 45 G-PFCT made a brief return visit

Other visitors included day stopping Global Express VP-CNY which is operated
by German fashion company "New Yorker"....

Blink Cessna 510 Mustang G-FLBK which made an afternoon visit....

Brose Super King Air D-IBTA which was a day stopping visitor....

.... and Air Med Piper Cheyenne IIIA G-GZRP and Woodgate Aviation
Navajo Chieftain G-GLTT Photos: Mike Hollick

SAS Boeing 737-86N LN-RGF operated their service from Stockholm - its first visit to BHX

Jet2 Holidays Boeing 737-36N G-GDFK operated the return charter from Dusseldorf

Air Transat Airbus A310-304 C-GTSH operated their weekly flight from Toronto
- the aircraft is in the new style colour scheme

Monarch Airbus A320-214 G-OZBW was a morning departure operating their inaugural flight
to Bordeaux - on its return it then operated their first service to Split  - news report here

Monarch celebrate their inaugural flights from Birmingham Airport to Bordeaux and Split

Monarch, the leading scheduled leisure airline, has celebrated their first flights
from Birmingham Airport to the World Heritage City of Bordeaux, and Split, on
Croatia's Dalmatian coast that took off on Wednesday 22 May 2013
Monarch Airbus A320-214 G-OZBW operated the inaugural flights to both Bordeaux and Split
The first passengers to check-in for the inaugural flight to Bordeaux were presented
with a "golden ticket" for two free flights to the destination of their choice on the
Monarch scheduled network from Birmingham. Mr & Mrs Mann from Winsford,
Cheshire, were delighted when they were presented with their surprise voucher

Bordeaux is the perfect destination for a weekend city break, with flights operating
on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, is a jewel of 18th century architecture and at the centre of one of the largest
fine wine regions in the world
Later in the day passengers on the flight to Split, including the Corti family from
Brampton, Cambridgeshire and Mr & Mrs Hardwick from Suffolk were greeted at
check-in with cake and champagne to celebrate the first departure to the new
scheduled destination. Split, on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, is an increasingly
popular destination for holidaymakers providing great transport links to a number
of islands including Solta and Brac, as well as other coastal towns and holiday
destinations. Flights to Split operate on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Monarch passengers enjoy the celebration cake!
Kevin George, Monarch Airlines' Managing Director said, "We are delighted to
be celebrating the start of these new routes from Birmingham Airport giving
our customers in the Midlands an even greater range of summer sun
destinations and bringing the total number of Monarch destinations for 2013
from Birmingham Airport to 28. We pride ourselves on offering attractive
fares combined with a high standard of service and we are very much looking
forward to welcoming customers on these new routes"

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said, "The launch of these new flights
with Monarch to Split and Bordeaux will provide Midlanders with even more
choice and affordable fares to these popular summer destinations. We're
delighted that the airline has committed to this expansion from Birmingham
where it is now one of our largest airlines"

Thursday 23 May 2013

Monday 27 May 2013 - KLM Boeing 737-8K2 PH-BCD makes its first visit to BHX

KLM Boeing 737-8K2 PH-BCD operated their afternoon service from Amsterdam - its first visit to BHX

Alba Star Boeing 737-4K5 EC-LTG operated the afternoon Monarch service to Malaga

Turkish Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JGF operated their afternoon flight from Istanbul

Aer Arann ATR 42-300 EI-CPT operated the Aer Lingus Regional flight to Shannon

Lufthansa Airbus A319-112 D-AIBG operated their early morning service to Frankfurt

Runway Watch - Tuesday 7 May 2013

An aerial view of Birmingham Airport including the A45 diversion project,
the site of the runway extension, the new ATC Tower and Radar and the
new Monarch Aircraft Engineering hangar taken on Tuesday 7 May 2013
- to see this image "full size" just click on it

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Tuesday 21 May 2013 - Air Malta Airbus A320-214 9H-AEN now flying in their smart new colour scheme!

Air Malta Airbus A320-214 9H-AEN operated their flight to Malta - the first daylight
visit to BHX of an aircraft in their smart new colour scheme

Hamburg Airways Airbus A320-214 D-AHHD operated a return charter from Dusseldorf - its first visit to BHX

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DVM which is in their "retro" scheme operated their evening service from Dublin

Jet2 Holidays Boeing 737-36N G-GDFK operated a charter to Dusseldorf

Turkish Boeing 737-9F2ER TC-JYH operated their afternoon service from Istanbul - its first visit to BHX

Challenger 601 N601DS which had arrived on Monday spent the day parked up Photo: Mike Hollick
Perfect Aviation Learjet 45 G-PFCT was an afternoon arrival parking up to night stop
- it had previously visited when registered G-GOMO

Other visitors to the Elmdon apron included Air Service Liege Cessna 510 Mustang N194ER....
Scottish Ambulance Service Super King Air G-SASD which is operated on their behalf by Gama Aviation and....

Air Midi Centre Super King Air F-HBRU Photos: Mike Hollick

Gulfstream American GA-07 Cougar D-GUST which had arrived on Monday was a morning departure


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