Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3055 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4290 times:
BMI for over the last year has been clearly short of Long Haul aircraft to operate new routes they have been launching and have been leasing aircraft to plug the gap.
As many people have stated on here the aircraft they have leased have clearly fallen short of the standards and comforts of their own A330 fleet which they clearly advertise to potential passengers. For Example - The PTV's throughout the aircraft, the "New Economy" class they offer and the general comforts of the A330.
When will they place another order for more A330's?
PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7007 posts, RR: 63
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4206 times:
British Midland ordered four A330-200s and took options on eight more. I think that was when they had hopes of a UK-US Open Skies deal. Before the fourth was even delivered they passed it on to EK and soon leased out one of their remaining three A330s to SAS. From an anticipated fleet of 12 they've only ever operated three and seem to have struggled to make a go of these. Yes, another A330 or two would fit with their existing fleet but I suspect the're loath to throw more good money after bad. But they're caught in the middle. Without a fourth or fifth A330 they've been using a dog's dinner of bits and pieces that cannot do much for their image. They should either bite the bullet and invest in an extension to their existing fleet or abandon ambitions to go long-haul.
(Or, they could just sell out to Branson and the problem would disappear...)
Acelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 857 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4159 times:
Flew BMI MAN-ORD and back from IAD to MAN on the A330's
a few years ago, service was great and great entertainment.
Both flights where full.
BMI seem to have lost the plot since then, pitty....
from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote