FlyTPA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 134 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 6719 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?
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Q330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 23 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6438 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".
AAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1054 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6239 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 they'll always be Midland to me
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6193 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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411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 9 Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6130 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.
AAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1054 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6124 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)
Tombezza From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5528 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.