Friday, 25 January 2013

Flybe announce BHX-Lyon

One day after bmi Regional announce they're starting Birmingham-Lyon, Flybe do too! Perhaps too much capacity? This follows Flybes recent announcement to restructure (with no new planes being delivered and 300 job losses - however the route network will be unaffected):

Restructuring: http://www.flybe.com/corporate/media/news/1301/23.htm
Lyon: http://www.flybe.com/corporate/media/news/1301/25.htm

Thursday, 24 January 2013

New Bmi Regional hub at Birmingham!

bmi Regional, originally a  subsidiary of bmi-british midland international (until their take over by British Airways), has announced the opening of a new base at Birmingham (BHX/EGBB). bmi Regional is the only part of bmi to survive the take over by IAG (International Airlines Group, comprising BA and Iberia), with bmi having been incorporated into BA and bmibaby closing down.

3 new routes have been announced from Birmingham:
  • Gothenburg (previously operated by City Airline/Skyways, the airline recently shut down, prompting the new SAS service to Stockholm.)
  • Lyon (previously flown by BritAir, the route was cancelled in 2011.)
  • Toulouse (no scheduled service in recent years, only seasonal ski/peak summer season flights.)
bmi Regional previously flew to Aberdeen from Birmingham. All flights will be with Embraer 135/145 regional jets. Link here:
http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/meta/news/2013/01/bmi-launches-new-routes-from-birmingham-airport.aspx

Good news for an airline that was very close to ceasing operations not long ago, and good news for Birmingham airport! 

Monday, 21 January 2013

787 Grounding

On the 17th Jan, all Boeing 787 'Dreamliners' were grounded due to two separate incidents involving battery fires, one a Japan Airlines 787 in Boston and another an ANA 787 in Tokyo. This follows a string of other (much less serious) incidents including a cracked windshield and false electrical alarm, an oil leak in an engine of an ANA 787, 2 separate fuel leaks on the same aircraft, and other minor electrical glitches.

None of these are serious and could all be considered standard entry into service hiccups - however the battery problems are a fire hazard and that's why the FAA have grounded them.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21060541

Monday, 7 January 2013

Spitfire crash closes East Mids!

The undercarriage of a spitfire landing at East Midlands collapsed, blocking the runway and closing the airport for a few hours this afternoon:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20939051