Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Some more E-Jets

G-FBJB and JD should be here soon! I'm sure there will be a point when these deliveries stop being exciting but it's not yet...4 have arrived, 31 to go (or possibly more if Flybe exercise their options)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Very Long Haul from Birmingham?

Recently, MG Motor UK said they would like direct flights to China from Birmingham.
http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/meta/news/2011/12/mg-motor-partnership.aspx
This got me thinking. Perhaps this isn't as far-fetched as it sounds? Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner' broke the record for its weight class for speed and distance a few days ago:
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightblogger/
If a 777-300 can fly non-stop to Islamabad from BHX (PIA's service), maybe a significantly smaller aircraft (the 787) could get to China? As for the airline operating such a route, it would probably be a Chinese carrier as BA or Virgin aren't likely to open a base at BHX any time soon and China isn't really the holiday market that Thomson serves, so that rules out any British carriers.

Slightly off topic, but if the rumours (or wishfull thinking) about the return of Birmingham to Chicago are true, what aircraft would fly that I wonder? American previously used a 767 on the route.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-15463981

Friday, 2 December 2011

They're here! [EDIT]

The first 2 of  Flybe's Embraer 175's have been delivered! G-FBJA and FBJC arrived in Exeter and were treated to the traditional fire service water arc. JA and JC are expected to enter service in the next few weeks. (I have no idea what happenned to JB either...). Hopefully, it won't be long before an E75 is based at Birmingham, replacing a Bombardier Dash 8 on the Dusseldorf route. (And it wasn't long at all! An E75 is now BHX based and will be flying Dusseldorf rotations as of the 7th Dec, see link below.)

http://bhxflightguide.blogspot.com/2011/12/news-flybe.html

http://www.flybe.com/corporate/media/news/1111/28.htm