Saturday 30 April 2016 - Air India Express Boeing 737-86N VT-GHB arrives on its delivery flight to India

Air India Express  Boeing 737-86N VT-GHB was an early morning arrival from Toronto on its delivery flight
from Seattle to India - the aircraft will night stop at BHX and continue its journey on Sunday evening....

.... it has Kites on one side of the tail

.... and a floral image on the other side - a distant shot I am afraid!

Qatar Boeing 787-8 A7-BCM operated their flight to Doha - its first visit to BHX

Air France Airbus A321-212 F-GTAT operated their morning service to Paris CDG

Blue Air Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR operated their flight from Bucharest - its first visit....

.... wearing this registration - it had previously visited when TC-SKG with Sky Airlines (of Turkey)

Freebird Airbus A320-214 TC-FHE operated another "final" return IT flight
of the season from Antalya before positioning out to Amsterdam

Norwegian Boeing 737-8JP EI-FHZ operated their flight to Malaga

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

PIA Boeing 777-2Q8ER AP-BMG which is in their "retro" colour scheme....

.... operated their flight from Islamabad

Smartlynx Airbus A320-214 YL-LCL which now wears billboard Thomas Cook titles and tail insignia
went on an air test returning in a passing rain shower! - the aircraft is planned to enters service with
Thomas Cook on Monday 2 May 2016 and will be based at Birmingham for the summer season

Bell Jet Ranger II G-WIZZ made a brief morning visit to the Elmdon apron
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Sunday 24 April 2016 - Neos Boeing 737-86N I-NEOX flying for Vueling from Barcelona

Neos Boeing 737-86N I-NEOX operated the Vueling flight from Barcelona - the aircraft....

.... is now fitted with Split Scimitar winglets and wears a number of logos including "Radio Italia"

Czech Airlines Airbus A319-112 OK-NEM operated their flight to Prague - its first visit to BHX

Norwegian Boeing 737-8JP EI-FHZ operated their flight from Madrid

Small Planet Airbus A320-232 LY-SPA positioned in from Gatwick to operate their flight to Paderborn

easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZSM operated their afternoon flight from Belfast International

Iberia Express Airbus A320-214 EC-LLE operated their flight from Madrid - its first visit to BHX

Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 G-TCDD positioned in from Manchester to operate a flight to Hurghada while....

.... Airbus A321-211 G-TCDY which has a slightly different style tail operated a flight to Larnaca

Sky Border Logistics Agusta A-109SP Grand New G-SKBH and....

.... Agusta A-109S Grand G-SKBL made a brief afternoon visit to the Elmdon apron
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Saturday 23 April 2016 - PIA retro Boeing 777-2Q8ER AP-BMG operates their flight from Islamabad

PIA Boeing 777-2Q8ER AP-BMG which is in their "retro" colour scheme operated their flight from Islamabad

Blue Air Boeing 737-4D7 YR-BAQ operated their flight from Bucharest....

.... its first daylight visit - it was soon on its way back to Bucharest

Freebird Airbus A320-214 TC-FHE operated their final IT flight of the season from Antalya....

.... before positioning out to Dusseldorf

KLM cityhopper Embraer 190-100LR PH-EZX which is in "Skyteam" colours
operated their morning service from Amsterdam

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 A7-BCX operated their morning service to Doha

Monarch "Sharklet" Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAD was a morning departure to Fuerteventura

Gulfstream 450 N192NC which had been in the Marshall hangar since its arrival the previous Sunday....

.... was an afternoon departure to Luton

Gama Super King Air G-SASC which is operated on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service
was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron arriving from Glasgow
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Birmingham Airport launches a unique educational facility called "The Learning Hub"

Pete Slough from The Schools of King Edwards VI (left) with Rt. Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris
of Yardley and Simon Richards from Birmingham Airport (right) along with children from various
local primary schools at the launch of "The Learning Hub"
Birmingham Airport and The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham today, Monday
25 April 2016, launched "The Learning Hub", a unique educational venue at the airport

Officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley, the facility will host
workshops for pupils as well as CPD sessions for teachers from primary schools across
Birmingham and beyond. During school holidays families will be able to take part in
activities and share in their child’s learning and most importantly have fun!

Pupils from three local primary schools were invited to the launch to join in the start of
this exciting new project and take part in some of the activities on offer from our partners
including The Ogden Trust’s Phiz Lab, Raspberry Pi, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Frog
Virtual Learning Environment, Peters Books and The Children’s University.

Pete Slough, Director of Access at The Schools of King Edward VI, commented: "The
Learning Hub is ideally situated at Birmingham Airport to take advantage of local transport
links to enable schools easy access to this inspirational and flexible venue.  The space here
is fantastic and allows our many educational partners to deliver high quality enrichment
activities which revitalise learning, encourage creativity and foster aspirations and self-esteem
in our city’s children and the wonderful, dedicated staff who teach them

Simon Richards, Chief Financial Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: "We are delighted to be
partnering The Schools of King Edward in Birmingham with the "Opening Doors" campaign,
not least because it fits so well with our own priorities, where we aim to target our support
at those communities in East Birmingham and North Solihull where it can be most effective"

"The Learning Hub allows us to work directly with local children and their parents to raise
aspirations and help develop the skills they will need in the world of work. This project is
one of many that Birmingham Airport operates to ensure that those local communities which
are affected by our operations can share in the economic and social benefits of having a major
airport on their doorstep"

Ms Gill Sparrow, Head Teacher of Hillstone Primary School, commented: "Hillstone Primary
School is delighted to work with the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham.  The range of
enrichment activities and quality of the CPD sessions on offer give our pupils and teachers
excellent opportunities that they may not otherwise have.  We are looking forward to seeing
the Learning Hub really take off!  Our pupils are always excited when they return to school
after an event here"
Monday 25 April 2016
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Czech Airlines launches their new 5 times weekly service from Prague to Birmingham Airport

David Vitásek, Area Sales Manager for Czech Airlines (left) and William Pearson, Aviation Development Director for
Birmingham Airport (right), are pictured with the crew of the inaugural Czech Airlines Birmingham-Prague flight
Czech Airlines, the Czech Republic's flag carrier has been welcomed to Birmingham Airport
as the airline launched a five times weekly services to Prague from where it offers a strong
network of connections through Eastern Europe

The Airbus A319 aircraft, with business and economy cabins, was welcomed with a traditional
water arch salute from the Airport’s fire service on its arrival into Birmingham

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development Director, said: "We are delighted
to welcome Czech Airlines as a new partner, serving Prague five times a week.  This direct
route, which was unserved from Birmingham Airport, gives passengers the chance to visit this
picturesque city, known as The City of a Hundred Spires, for either business or leisure at very
reasonable prices"

Commenting on the new Birmingham service, Ján Tóth, Czech Airlines Director of Commerce
and Marketing, said: "I am glad that Czech Airlines is returning to Birmingham to connect it
directly with Prague after more than 15 years. The Birmingham – Prague service is one of the
eleven new routes we have prepared for 2016 summer season. We strongly believe that a direct
connection between the both cities will significantly contribute to the growth of tourism between
the West Midlands and Czech capital and vice versa. I would like to use the opportunity to thank
Birmingham airport for their excellent work on the preparation of the launch of our new route"

Czech Airlines schedule from Friday 22 April 2016

1230/1310 OK662/663 319 from/to Prague
- operates on Monday and Sunday
1700/1740 OK662/663 319 from/to Prague
- operates on Wednesday from 1 June 2016
1700/1740 OK662/663 319 from/to Prague
- operates on Friday
1920/2000 OK662/663 319 from/to Prague
- operates on Thursday
Monday 25 April 2016
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Friday 22 April 2016 - Czech Airlines Airbus A319-112 OK-NEO operates their inaugural flight from Prague

Czech Airlines Airbus 319-112 OK-NEO operated their inaugural flight from Prague - it was
greeted by a traditional water canon salute from the Birmingham Airport Fire Service....

.... as they commenced their new 5 times weekly scheduled service

CSA Czech Airlines had previously served the route until March 2006

Norwegian Boeing 737-8JP EI-FJH operated their flight from Malaga

Swiss Avro RJ100 HB-IYS operated their evening service from Zurich
- the aircraft is in the "Shopping Paradise Zurich Airport" scheme

Maleth-Aero Boeing 737-3U3 9H-AJW positioned in the Lasham....

.... to operate a charter to Bilbao

KLM Boeing 737-8K2 PH-BXA which is in their "retro" colour scheme....

.... operated their morning service to Amsterdam

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 A7-BCH operated their flight to Doha

Iberia Express Airbus A320-214 EC-ILQ operated their morning flight from Madrid while....

Vueling Airbus A320-232 EC-LRY operated their flight from Barcelona

FedEx Boeing 757-2B7SF N903FD went "tech" on Thursday evening and spent the day
undergoing maintenance on the Elmdon apron before positioning out to Paris CDG

Agusta A-109S Grand G-HRDB made a very brief morning visit
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