Friday 5 July 2019 - Air India Boeing 777-337ER VT-ALX is an early morning arrival from Newark New York

Air India Boeing 777-337ER VT-ALX was an early morning arrival from Newark New York....

.... making a planned stop at BHX on its way to Mumbai - at is due out at 0930 - more photos later!

A Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 is coming to Birmingham Airport on Tuesday 2 April 2019

Qatar Airways are planning to use an Airbus A350-900 on their service to Birmingham
Airport on Tuesday 2 April 2019 - this will be the first visit on an Airbus A350 to BHX!!

While the aircraft is operating the usual scheduled service Qatar Airways will be
taking the opportunity to launch their new Airbus A350-900 in the Midlands

The Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 is planned to arrive at 1300 on Tuesday 2 April 2019
and is scheduled to depart back to Doha at 1600 on the same day

1300/1600 QR033/034 359 from/to Doha
- planned aircraft allocation - Airbus A350-900 - Qatar Airways

Saturday 30 March 2019

Birmingham Airport awards electric bus contract to Volvo Bus UK to supply six 7900e single deck buses

Birmingham Airport has awarded Volvo Bus UK the contract to supply the airport with six 7900e
single deck electric buses. Launching in November 2019, the ultra-low emission buses will operate
as the free passenger transport service via all airport car park routes

The decision to introduce electric buses came as a result of a review undertaken by the airport into
its future vehicle provision. The Volvo 7900e will provide an 80% lower energy consumption than
an equivalent sized diesel bus. Two high level charging points will be installed outside of the terminal.
Additional plug-in charging points will be located in the coach park - and in the future, these will be
made available for other electric bus and or coach operators to use

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: "This partnership is a key milestone for us. We are
always investigating new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon emissions and through the
partnership with Volvo Bus UK, we will do just this"

"We have made significant customer service improvements across the airport to increase capacity
and improve passenger experience, with the vision of positioning Birmingham as one of Europe's
leading regional airports. The electric buses form part of this vision, not to mention their sustainability
benefits being ultra-low emission. Since 2012 the Airport has reduced its CO2 per passenger by 20%.
Implementing the six electric buses will work towards lowering this even further which is just fantastic"

Nick Page, Managing Director of Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, said: "It is very exciting that the 7900e has
been chosen for Birmingham Airport in support of its ambition to provide the best possible environmentally
friendly bus service for airport customers and stakeholders alike"

"Over the last 15 months the 7900e has undertaken a UK wide demonstration tour where it has shown the
contribution that can now be made to improving air quality in the areas where it has been in service.  We
are confident the 7900e and accompanying technologies will help Birmingham Airport to achieve its goals"

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Birmingham Airport celebrate "International Women's Day 2019" based on the theme of #BalancedforBetter

Birmingham Airport celebrated "International Women's Day" on Friday 8 March 2019 with
a series of activities running across the Airport based on the official theme #BalancedforBetter

This year's #IWD2019 is about raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality, with
emphasis being placed on how a gender-balanced world is better for all. To celebrate women's
achievements, Birmingham Airport reached out to some of its most inspiring female employees to
share the reasons why International Women's Day is important to them. A series of videos have
been captured and shared across the Airport's social media channels, showcasing achievements
made by women across the business

Angela Fisher, Payroll Manager at Birmingham Airport, joined in September 1983 making her the
Airport's longest standing female employee. Angela started as a trainee in the post room, later
securing a vacancy in the payroll department where she took on the title of Clerical Assistant.
In 2006 she was promoted to Payroll Manager and has worked in the same role to this very day

Kirstin Kane, Head of Sustainability at Birmingham Airport, joined in October 2000 at the age
of 16. Kirstin started as a trainee in the HR department originally, but as the Airport shifted its
focus to sustainability and the environment, there was a need to recruit in this area. Kirstin took
on the role of Trainee Environmental Officer gaining on the job training, as well as a series of
Diplomas and Degrees to build on her knowledge

Kay Hodgkisson, Customer Experience and Standards Manager at Birmingham Airport has worked
in various roles for 20 years. Starting her career as a check-in agent at 18 years of age, Kay moved
onto various roles eventually joining the Birmingham Airport Customer Service team, as a Passenger
Services Manager. After four years, Kay was promoted to her current role where she leads the
Customer Experience Operational team

"International Women's Day" themed cupcakes were also shared with employees across the Head
Office as well as terminal to celebrate the day. To see the videos "click" here

Friday 8 March 2019

Thursday 7 March 2019 - SmartWings Boeing 737-86N OK-TST flying for Czech Airlines

SmartWings Boeing 737-86N OK-TST operated the evening Czech Airlines service from
Prague - the aircraft is now in the full Czech Airlines colour scheme Photo: Chris Evans

Thomas Cook Balearics Airbus A320-212 EC-NAD was a morning departure to Las Palmas....

.... the aircraft still wears Condor titles for whom it had previously operated as D-AICL

SAS Airbus A321-232 OY-KBE operated their morning service to Copenhagen

Blue Air Boeing 737-82R YR-BML operated their flight from Larnaca

Fleet Air International Saab 340AF HB-TAB which had arrived on Tuesday evening
was an afternoon departure to Milan Bergamo from the Elmdon apron

Flairjet Embraer Phenom 300 G-HNPN was an afternoon visitor departing to Madrid
to see more photos "click" HERE to go to the homepage

The BHX Blog

Saturday 9 February 2019 - Aer Lingus Airbus A320 EI-DVN now flying in their new colour scheme

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DVN operated their lunchtime flight from Dublin - the first visit of an aircraft
wearing the latest version of their colour scheme that was launched in January 2019 Photo: Matt Kidgell

Swiss Bombardier C Series CS300/Airbus A220-300 HB-JCT operated their morning service
from Zurich - the first daylight visit of their most recently delivered "CS3"

Wizz Air Airbus A320-232 HA-LYG operated their morning departure to Budapest

Austrian Airbus A320-214 OE-LBJ operated their weekly ski IT/inclusive tour flight from Innsbruck....

.... the aircraft wears their latest colour scheme with billboard style titles

easyJet Airbus A320-214 G-EZWF operated their afternoon service from Geneva

Dassault Falcon 7X N7MR was an afternoon arrival from Paris Le Bourget....

.... parking up to night stop on the Elmdon apron
to see more photos "click" HERE to go to the homepage

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Birmingham Airport announced as headline sponsor of the Chinese New Year 2019 Festival in Birmingham

Birmingham Airport has announced that, for the third year, it will be the headline sponsor
of the Chinese New Year festival in Birmingham city centre

The Chinese New Year festival will be held on Sunday 10 February 2019 and is expected to
attract more than 30,000 revellers. Friends and family will gather in the Southside area of
the city to enjoy the vast entertainment - including lion and dragon dancing, fireworks and
other performances, as well as local Chinese cuisine available to all passers-by

This year will be The Year of the Pig in the Chinese lunar calendar, with the new year
falling on Tuesday 5 February 2019. However, celebrations will run throughout the first
half of February, up until 19 February 2019. Over this period, festivities will be found
across the city's popular hotspots, including Colmore Row and St Phillip's Cathedral,
Bulling and Grand Central, and China town -  spreading across Southside Square,
Hurst Street, Inge Street, The Arcadian and The Hippodrome

Birmingham Airport will have a strong presence throughout the period, particularly at the
festival. To celebrate Chinese New Year, those who visit the Airport stand will be in with
several chances of winning flights to China. Celebrations will also spread to the Airport,
where retailers will be running various offers, activities and entertainment. Passengers
will be given the chance to enjoy a traditional lion dance performance in the terminal on
Tuesday 5 February 2019 - the official Chinese New Year's Day

The West Midlands has one of the biggest Chinese communities in the UK, with a population
of over 20,000 living in the Midlands, plus an additional 150,000 Chinese students studying
across the region. In the last 12 months alone, Birmingham Airport welcomed nearly 120,000
passengers through its doors travelling to either China or Hong Kong

Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport said: "Supporting Chinese New Year 2019 as the
headline sponsor for the third time is fantastic and something we are extremely proud of. 
The Midlands region holds great heritage and culture, especially in Birmingham which is said
to be more ethnically diverse than the UK's capital of London for its size. To be a part of this
history and culture is important to us, as we too hold great regional heritage and will be
celebrating our 80th anniversary this year. We would like to wish all those celebrating
Chinese New Year a happy and prosperous year ahead"

Airlines operating onwards to China from Birmingham Airport include; Emirates via a twice
daily service to Dubai, Qatar Airways via a daily service to Doha, Turkish Airlines via a twice
daily service to Istanbul, KLM via a five times daily service to Amsterdam, Lufthansa via a
four times daily service to Frankfurt and Air France via a six times daily service to Paris 

James Wong, Chairman of Birmingham's Chinese Festival Committee said "We are delighted
to have Birmingham Airport as our headline sponsor once again and are looking forward in
producing another fantastic event for the city of Birmingham. Last year's celebration broke all
records in attendance and we love how diverse the city is, in celebrating the Chinese New Year"

Graham Callister, Associate Director, Community Engagement & Festivals at The Hippodrome
commented: "We're proud to be once again co-producing the annual official Chinese New Year
celebrations with our good friends and neighbours, the Chinese New Year Festival Committee.
Working with headline sponsor Birmingham Airport and all of our event partners across the city
to deliver a fantastic free event for Birmingham and the West Midlands"

To find out more about the Chinese New Year celebrations, please visit:

Monday 14 January 2019

Tuesday 8 January 2019 - Cavok Air Antonov 12B UR-CJN is an evening visitor to the Elmdon apron

Cavok Air Antonov 12B UR-CJN was an evening arrival from Gyor, Hungary, operating
a freight charter - after unloading and reloading it departed to St John's, Newfoundland

JOTA Cargo BAe 146-300QT G-JOTF was a morning arrival on the Elmdon apron....

.... operating a freight charter from Paderborn - its first visit as such to BHX - it had previously
visited with Air Foyle/TNT as G-TNTK. This was also the first JOTA BAe 146 cargo charter to BHX

.... after unloading the aircraft positioned back to Southend

Blue Air Boeing 737-82R YR-BMN operated their flight from Bucharest - the aircraft wears
additional "leased by LOT Polish Airlines" from its summer 2018 lease to that airline

Air Nostrum/Iberia Regional Canadair CRJ-1000 EC-MVC operated the mid-morning Brussels Airlines flight

easyJet Airbus A320-214 G-EZUF operated their lunchtime service to Geneva

Cessna Citation Jet 1 M-OLLY was a morning arrival from Memmingen parking up to night stop

Royal Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas C1 ZM410 made a late afternoon low approach
and go around to Runway 33 while on a training flight out of RAF Brize Norton

to see more photos "click" HERE to go to the homepage

The BHX Blog


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