Birmingham Welcome World's Largest Airliner

To commemorate Birmingham Airport's 70th Anniversary,
Emirates flew its Airbus A380 - the world's largest airliner -
into Birmingham on its luchtime service from Dubai on
9th September 2009, marking the first ever A380 flight to
land at a UK regional Airport.
On arrival, the aircraft parked on the Airport's new £50m
"International Pier" on Terminal One and was welcomed by
500 guests from the travel industry, the Midlands' business
community and media.
More than 20 vintage aircraft in memory of the early days at
"Elmdon", the Airport’s original 1930s terminal, made a special
appearance and parked at the original site.
Opening just 14 months after the construction began, the new
International Pier is the single biggest investment that the
Airport has made in over 20 years and provides a state-of-the
-art extension, replacing the former out-dated facility
constructed in 1984 when the current passenger site was
opened after moving from Elmdon.
The three storey construction is 240 metres long and 24 metres
wide and is in keeping with the bright and modern architecture
seen throughout the airport. It provides air-bridged aircraft
parking for seven wide-bodied aircraft and has enough space to
serve 13 smaller aircraft at any given time. Departing passengers
are accommodated on the top level and arriving passengers on
the middle level. Airlines and handling agents are housed on the
ground floor.
Paul Kehoe, the Airport’s CEO, said, “Our new International
Pier provides a high quality gateway into the Midlands and is
key as we prepare to double our passenger numbers to 18 million
in the next 10 years and meet our aspirations to improve global
connectivity from the Midlands.
"As demonstrated with the Airbus A380, the Pier is capable
of accommodating the largest of today’s "next generation"
environmentally-efficient aircraft, such as the Airbus A380,
Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’, as well as the aircraft
types we see at Birmingham today like the Airbus A330,
Boeing 747 and 777.
“Together with the future runway extension, we’ll have the
infrastructure and facilities to attract new airlines and increase
our regional market by offering new direct long haul destinations
to all corners of the globe, providing a truly International airport
for the region.”
The main sponsors of the 9th September event were Advantage
West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency, and
Laing O’Rourke Construction North Ltd, the main construction
company for the International Pier.
Nigel Russell, Head of Tourism and Culture for Advantage West
Midlands, said: “First impressions often make lasting
impressions and our support for today’s event marks the start
of a closer working relationship with BIA to ensure the
West Midlands region is recognised as the Heart of England
- a global centre where people and businesses choose to connect."
Tony Douglas, COO at Laing O’Rourke, said, “I’m delighted that
Laing O’Rourke has played a significant part in today’s
celebrations and proud that our team’s air sector expertise
has successfully delivered an exceptional building for
Birmingham International Airport. The new Pier will play its
part in the Airport’s future ambitions as an International
airport and I hope that our working partnership continues
in the realisation of future plans.”
The airport would like to also thank all the other partners
that supported the event and made it such a historic occasion.

Second Airbus A380 to visit BHX in September!!

Airbus have announced that an company Airbus A380 F-WWOW
will be making an approach and go around fly through at Bimingham
on Saturday 5 September 2009 as part of a UK tour on that date!!
The aircraft is provisionally scheduled to visit at BHX at 1540!!
This visit is in addition to the planned visit by an Emirates A380
on Wednesday 9 September 2009 - for more information see -
Airbus A380 returning for a UK visit 5 September 2009
The world’s largest commercial airliner, the 525-seat Airbus A380, is returning
to the UK for a brief flying visit on September 5. The iconic aircraft will make its
first-ever visits to Scotland and Northern Ireland, and brief appearances over
England and Wales, during its time here.

The A380 is scheduled to first perform approach-and-go fly-throughs at the
airports in the capital city of Edinburgh and Prestwick, Scotland; followed by
a flying display at the Northern Ireland International Airshow at Portrush,
and a fly-through at Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland. It will also fly
over Airbus’ facility in Broughton, North Wales, where Airbus employees will
be celebrating the company’s founding 40 years ago, and over Birmingham
International Airport in England.

Tom Willliams, Airbus Executive Vice President of Programmes said: “We
are proud to welcome the A380 back to the UK, and that it will be visiting
Scotland and Northern Ireland for the first time. This visit demonstrates
what Airbus and its UK partners do together—design and build great aircraft.”

Birmingham-born Jeremy Cieslik, Vice President and Plant Manager for Airbus
in the UK Industrial Operations, is proud to welcome the A380 to his hometown:
“I hope the people of Birmingham are as proud as I am of the A380. It is the
flagship of the 21st century and sets new standards in eco-efficient aviation. And
every one of them is flying with wings designed and manufactured in the UK.”

The aircraft will also be visiting Edinburgh (1340),
Prestwick (1400), Port Rush for the
Northern Ireland International Air Show (1420),
Belfast City (1440) and Broughton (1508)
before return to Toulouse via Birmingham (1540)

Winter schedule changes at BHX!!

Ryanair will be basing two more Boeing 737-800 at
BHX from the start of their winter schedules
The start of the winter 2008 schedules tomorrow, Sunday 26 October
2008, sees a number changes at BHX in the coming months -
Air India - service now suspended until summer 2009
with Toronto flights routing via Heathrow for the winter
Air Slovakia - weekly service to Amritsar via Bratislava
resumed for the winter
easyJet - service suspended until the start of the skiing season
when both Geneva and Grenoble return
Lufthansa - CR7's continue to be used on Dusseldorf service but
should in future be an Eurowings aircraft
Monarch Scheduled - an Airbus A320 is back for the winter
in addition to the based Airbus A321's
PIA - service is reduced to three per week during Hajj season
but Boeing 777-300's will operate on Tuesday and Thursday with
the fourth weekly service planned to resume on 17 January 2009
Ryanair - two further Boeing 737-800's from based from next
week - total now 4 aircraft - and lots more new routes!!
SAS - Canadair CRJ 900's to be introduced onto evening service
to Copenhagen from 15 January 2009
Swiss - Fokker 100's replace the Swiss AR1's on lunchtime
service so all BHX flights now operated by Helvetic
Turkish - start 5 times weekly Airbus 320/Boeing 737-800
service to Istanbul on 15 December 2008
Please note all schedules subject to change!
Coming in May 2009 - new US Airways service to Philadelphia!!
Work will continue apace on the new "International Pier"
during the winter months

"Bilga Air"/Monarch cancel Amritsar programme!

It comes as a great disappointment that Bilga Air has decided
not to start operations from Birmingham to India following the
recent announcement.
We understand that this reflects an internal decision by Bilga Air
and in the current financial situation the company has reviewed
its plans.
The Airport continues to talk to other carries about filling this
market but stresses that the following flights are still available
from Birmingham to India:
Air France via Paris to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore
and Chennai
Brussels Airlines/Jet Airways via Brussels to Delhi,
Mumbai and Chennai
Emirates via Dubai to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad,
Bangalore, Kozhikode, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kolkata,
Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram
KLM via Schipol to Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad
Lufthansa via Frankfurt and Munich to Delhi, Mumbai,
Bangalore, Cochin, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune
SAS via Copenhagen to Delhi
Swiss via Zurich to Delhi and Mumbai
Turkmenistan via to Amritsar and Delhi
All passengers who have booked with Bilga Air will be given
a full refund and should contact the operator directly

"Bilga Air"/Monarch schedule to Amritsar

Monarch Boeing 767-300 G-DIMB is planned to operate
the inaurgural "Bilga Air" service to Amritsar
The inaurgural Monarch/"Bilga Air" service to Amritsar
is planned to be operated by Boeing 767-300 G-DIMB
and depart BHX on Thursday 9 October 2008
The outline schedule is then as follows -
The Boeing 767-300 will then operates weekly -
departing BHX Monday pm returning Tuesday pm -
until the end of October 2008
A Monarch Airbus A330-200 then operates weekly during
November - departing BHX Tuesday returning Wednesday
During early December a Monarch Airbus A300-600R takes
over for three weeks operating (weekly) via Bahrain
- all 332/763 flights operate non stop
From Sunday 21 December 2008 the Airbus A330-200
returns and will then operate twice weekly (non stop) from
BHX to Amritsar for the rest of the winter season
Please note all schedule details subject to change!

"Bilga Air" to launch BHX to Amritsar service

"Bilga Air" flights will be operated by Monarch Airlines
From 9th October 2008, holiday-makers and those wishing to visit
friends and family will be able to take advantage of new direct flights
between Birmingham and the golden city of Amritsar in Northern India.
Brand new operator, "Bilga Air", will allow travellers to visit the world
famous ‘Golden Temple’ in Amritsar. The operator is named after the
famous historical village within the Sikh faith, located close to
Amritsar in India’s Punjab region.
Peter Vella, Birmingham Airport’s Business Development Director
said,“It is great news that Bilga Air is starting services to Amritsar
from Birmingham in October. Bilga Air’s operation will help to fill a
very popular market which exists in the Midlands, and following the
disappointing news that Air India will temporarily suspend its flights
between Birmingham and India from the end October, I’m sure it
will be greatly welcomed by the Midlands Asian community.
We wish them every success.”
UK Charter Airline, Monarch, will operate the direct flights for
Bilga Air, departing from Birmingham up to twice a week.
Although the schedule will vary at different times of the year,
flights are mainly planned to operate on Sunday and Monday
evenings from Birmingham. While some flights will have a
technical stop for fuelling en-route, over 90%will operate
non-stop from Birmingham to Amritsar.
The aircraft cabin will be a mixed configuration of economy
and a premium economy product. This enhanced offering
from Bilga Air will see passengers enjoy bigger leather seats
that will boast extra legroom (up to 34 inches compared to
31 in economy) as well as a personal entertainment screen.
In order to service passenger’s needs, Bilga Airhas offices in
Birmingham as well as India.
Surinder Kanwar, Director of Bilga Air said, “We are very
excited about launching our new operation and serving both
those who want to explore the wonders of Northern India as
well as the Asian community who wishto reunite with their
families. Despite threats of an economic slowdown,we believe
that Bilga Air has the ingredients to sustain a successful
operation due to the ethnically diverse region in which
Birmingham Airport sits and first class facility it offers.”
People interested in booking with Bilga Air should visit their
local travelagent or call direct on 0121 525 9100.
Flights start from £575 return

Ryanair to Bologna

Ryanair have announced that they will be moving their
BHX to Forli service to (nearby) Bologna Airport from
the start of the winter 2008 schedules.
This change is linked to a major expansion - and the
opening of a new Ryanair base - at Bologna Airport.

Air Cairo Tupolev 204 to operate to BHX for Koral Blue

Koral Blue have today advised that their IT flight from/to
Sharm el Sheikh on Thursday 24 July 2008 will be operated
by Air Cairo Tupolev 204 SU-EAI in place of their usual
Airbus A320 SU-KBA
This will be the second visit of a Tupolev 204 to BHX
- Mahan Air used SU-EAF on their scheduled service
from Tehran on 7 April 2006
The timing are setout below -
1210/1300 KBR4488/4489 T20
from/to Sharm el Sheikh

Lufthansa Regional on strike

The flightdeck crews of Lufthansa Regional - as operated by
Eurowings and Lufthansa Cityline at BHX - went on strike this
morning at short notice....
... as a result most Lufthansa Regional services have now been
cancelled until Thursday morning when the strike should end.
Lufthansa mainline services are unaffected and passengers are
being transferred to these services or a few Regional flights that
are continuing to operate using management crews.

Welcome to "Birmingham Airport News"

Welcome to Birmingham Airport News from the "BHX Flight Guide"
This new www site is aimed at keeping our readers upto date with
developments at BHX between issues of the "BHX Flight Guide"
and replaces our Yahoo Group.
The summer 2008 issue of the "BHX Flight Guide" is now available
- see below - and regular updates of news and expected movements
will be appearing here in due course!
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