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How Do You Pronounce "bmi"  
User currently offlineFlyTPA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 137 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7513 times:

When I was sitting in the international terminal at ORD waiting for a flight tonight, I overheard the announcement for what was obviously the BMI flight from ORD to Manchester. One agent, with a British accent, said something like "Be-Me" while an American agent announced a gate change by calling the airline by its initials "B-M-I"

Can any of you tell me what the "proper" way to pronounce the abbreviation is in Great Britain?

Thanks


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User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7492 times:

I believe it's b-m-i. That's what they call themselves when I flew with them a few times.


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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7399 times:

yeah, its 'bee em eye'. But i still hear them calling flights for "b-m-i British Midland". Im not so sure about their LCC. BMIBaby-its that said as "b-m-i baby", or "be my baby"?

User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7290 times:

It's b-m-i baby  Smile

Tom


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7280 times:

B-M-I. What does the 'I' stand for?

User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

Officially nothing, however 'International' seems to fit in there quite well...

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7264 times:

Ahhhhhhh, thanks. It makes sense now.  Smile

User currently offlineSpencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7261 times:

I say B-M-I or Midland.
Spencer.



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User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7259 times:

B-M-I. What does the 'I' stand for?

I'm not sure what it originally stood for but I think the airline is now just plain 'bmi'.

-Q

Edit: Oops, you beat me to it Star_World.

[Edited 2004-07-11 12:46:06]


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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7242 times:

I heard somewhere that bmi comes from..
british
midland

Though I'm not sure if that is right, can't remember where I heard it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Tom


User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7232 times:

Well I looked through the history section of the bmi website and couldn't find anything that said that bmi stood for anything. I think the airline went from being called "British Midland" to "bmi British Midland" to just "bmi".

-Q



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User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7215 times:

Before that they were BMA, British Midland Airways

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User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7194 times:

bmi used to be called Derby Aviation then onto BMA then BM then bmi.

UPS doesnt stand for anything by the way. United Parcel Service doesnt exsist anymore we are known as UPS Ltd


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 7105 times:

If you look at the aircraft you'll notice it's actually BMi, not BMI.
The i is part of Midland, the full name is (was?, used to be?) British Midland Aviation.

UPS trucks here still have "United Parcel Service" on them last time I saw them (which was last week) though very small.



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User currently offlineAAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7033 times:

I believe it was bmi with the i being 'international'

thats what they changed their name to right before they launched their transatlantic services from MAN

it's pronounced 'bee em eye' as somebody already suggested
although I still call them British Midland from time to time, I was born in the Midlands, about two miles from EMA so they're my home airline really  Smile they'll always be Midland to me  Nuts


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6987 times:

Wasn't the "I" added when they started flying internationally (in which case it could be assumed to stand for International)? Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it purely a domestic airline at one time? I certainly believed it to be when I was a kid and I used to watch them flying in and out of LHR to what I considered at the time to be "boring domestic destinations", but hey, what did I know?!

I would certainly pronounce it B-M-I, as others have said, but am still having a tough time not calling it purely British Midland!



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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6924 times:

BMI (British Midland, and previous companies) was started by Sir Michael Bishop, who remains chairman emaritus.
For those interested, the radio call sign is 'Midland'.
They have been around a very long time.


User currently offlineAAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6918 times:

yes they were pure domestic a long time ago.
then they branched out into the European market.
then a few years back went transatlantic too, and changed their name to bmi around the time they took delivery of an A330 i believe.

I just looked at their site, I can't see any indication of the i being International..

although it is interesting to note the copyright at the bottom of the page is credited to "British Midland Airways Ltd" and according to Key Facts their current airline name is simply "bmi" (as of 2002)

[Edited 2004-07-11 17:52:58]

User currently offlineMuttley35 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6582 times:

Out of BHX isn't the BMi flight to EWR abbreviated to BE ? As in FlyBe ?
Could be wrong


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6421 times:
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bmi don't do transatlantic out of BHX. FlyBE (= BE) is codesharing with CO.

David



User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1847 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6403 times:

AAMD11: I'm pretty sure that the official corporate name is still British Midland Airways Ltd, and the table above that shows 'bmi' is just a list of their marketing names.

User currently offlineTombezza From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6322 times:

The airline is still in a transitional period, namewise. They're changing from British Midland to bmi British Midland and will one day be simply bmi (all lower case - we are in the sophisticated new millennia, lest we forget...)

There's still a lot of confusion due to the old/hybrid liveries still in existence, but one day 'bmi' will be the norm.

As for pronouncing it, it's just like the letters, B, M and I. There was a suggestion that the LCC would be known as 'Be My' Baby but that didn't stick, probably because most people were aware of the close ties with the parent airline.

tombezza


User currently offlineAAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6255 times:

It's a shame that stuff like this happens, the airline name British Midland said a lot about the airline and it's history, and they're changing to just simple 'bmi'.

mind you.. I guess it's hard to call your airline British Midland when your full service arm does little or no flying from the region which it derives its name.

It'll always be Midland to me  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

Whatever their name, BMI are still the best UK carrier in my eyes. Those awards for the transatlantics out of MAN say it all.

User currently offlineMuttley35 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5856 times:

So because BMi are codesharing with CO means you don't get a call for BMi's flight number ? Which is 6027/6026 as opposed to the CO 27/26...33/32

25 Post contains images Leezyjet : Jaspike has supplied the correct answer as to what B-m-i stands for.
26 Whitehatter : BMI don't codeshare with Continental. BMI is BD FlyBE (who do codeshare with CO) are BE
27 Post contains images NWA757 : Simpley B-M-I, British Midlands International. BMI BABY!!
28 Yulguy : My f/a friends on AC like to call it "be me".
29 David_itl : bmi is not FlyBE as they are distinctly separate companies! bmi code = BD and codeshare with UA (or rather UA codeshares with BD on the MAN routes) an
30 Muttley35 : Sorry ...thought Flybe/ BMi were one and the same
31 MACDADDY : Storm in a tea cup here. BMi, BMI, BMi British Midland who cares? Simple answer is the airline doesn't know what it wants it and its partner airlines
32 Post contains images Leezyjet : "Simpley B-M-I, British Midlands International." Why is it that when someone has supplied the correct answer, (Jaspike) and someone else has also conf
33 Post contains images Jaspike : Ahh I'm feeling clever now Here it is again british midland Tom
34 Post contains links Diesel1 : I remember reading that one of the reasons that the name was changed ahead of the commencement of scheduled trans-atlantic flights, that the previous,
35 Soups : BEE EMM I (British midland international) maybe she had a bit to drink lol
36 UK_Dispatcher : The 'i' is totally meaningless, i promise! 2003 - bmi 2001 - bmi british midland 1985 - British Midland previously BMA - British Midland Airways FACT!
37 Post contains links Airbus_A340 : BMI stands for British Midland International Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1148210.stm
38 Post contains images Jaspike : Airbus_A340: Wrong. Source: me And at the bottom of a page on the bmi site we have this (the full/official name): © 2004 British Midland Airways Ltd
39 Pilot kaz : intresting fact: i flew with B--M--I yesterday
40 BestWestern : BMi = British Midland inconsistent Just read the flyertalk posts on these guys!
41 Alphascan : They were going to call it "bm", but ...well...it doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.
42 Txiki1uk : Not something to worry about much as it will be called Virgin sometime in the future.
43 Longhaulheavy : Of course, there's also BWIA ---> B-wee!
44 Post contains images ATCisgreat : Their radio callsign is "Baby" and I'm still waiting for the day that I can issue traffic information:"Baby 123, there's a Blue berry (BLE) 12 o'clock
45 Post contains images Jamotcx : Whatever their name, BMI are still the best UK carrier in my eyes. Those awards for the transatlantics out of MAN say it all. I sure love the transatl
46 UK_Dispatcher : Am gonna post my previous comments again, coz its just gettin annoying now!: The 'i' is totally meaningless, i promise! 2003 - bmi 2001 - bmi british
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