Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Midlands flybe expansion

Flybe are starting a few new routes from Birmingham and East Midlands, mainly to fill gaps left by bmi Baby who are ceasing operations in September. The routes are:

EMA-Amsterdam
EMA-Paris CDG
EMA-Jersey
BHX-Amsterdam

Flybe announcement here:
http://www.flybe.com/corporate/media/news/1207/25.htm

Friday, 20 July 2012

Qatar to Doha and Armavia to Yerevan from BHX!

Qatar Airways have (unofficially, so take this with a pinch of salt) announced they are to start a daily service to Doha from Birmingham, using brand new Boeing 787's. QR are a similar airline in  many respects to Emirates, which already have a twice daily 777 service to Dubai.

Article from Travel Weekly:
http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2012/07/19/41136/qatar-airways-plans-birmingham-doha-route.html

Also announced today (although again not officially by Birmingham airport!) is the start of a thrice weekly service to the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, by national carrier Armavia. This follows the cancellation of the Heathrow-Yerevan route, previously operated by bmi but being axed by British Airways. Armavia have had this route planned for a while and had even operated the occasional flight to Birmingham in the past.

All in all a good few days for BHX if these routes go ahead! Interestingly both these new services offer onwards connections to India, Birmingham has been lacking flights to India since the withdrawal of Air India in 2008. Since then there have been several (failed!) attempts at Indian flights including Air Sylhet and Comtel Air.

A Qatar Airways 787 recently displayed at the 2012 Farnbourough Airshow:

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Flying the Dragon

It's made of wood and canvas, it's 68 years old, and it's called Sybille. G-AGTM is one of Classic Flight's DeHavilland Dragon Rapide's and every weekend this summer it's flying pleasure flights around Coventry and Warwickshire: how could I resist?

Booking a pleasure flight via the Airbase website was easy enough (easier than certain airlines I could mention) and a 30 minute flight costs £75. When we arrived, it seemed people who have booked flights get free entry to the airbase, so that £75 is actually including the £10 museum fee.

And so without ado, here's the flight:
Our sole pilot (only room for one at the front!) took us on a crosswind and downwind leg past Draycote, before flying over Leamington and over Warwick Castle a couple of times. It was then back for a straight in to RWY05.

Overall it's a unique flying experience, and worth every penny!


Thursday, 12 July 2012

4 new Ryanair routes from Birmingham

Ryanair have announced they are to commence 4 new routes from BHX starting winter 2012. These are Barcelona, Krakow, Milan-Bergamo and Palma De Mallorca.

Link to 'the worlds favourite airline' here:
http://www.ryanair.com/en/news/ryanair-announces-4-new-routes-from-birmingham-from-november-2012