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User currently offlineirregking From Germany, joined Feb 2008, 145 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 44561 times:

This info has been passed to me, thought I'd share.

Mods, please delete if duplicate thanks!

A319 G-DBCB - To be ferried LHR-SNN-LHR 13-22May for repaint
A319 G-DBCC - To be ferried LHR-SNN-LHR 24May-02Jun for repaint

A320 G-MEDK - To be ferried LHR-SNN-LHR 03-11May for repaint
A320 G-MIDS - To be ferried LHR-EMA 26May for repaint
A320 G-MIDX - To be ferried LHR-EMA-LHR 25Apr-14May for repaint & interior change

A330 G-WWBM - To be ferried LHR-MLA 19May for MX & MLA-MAN for repaint into all white. To be returned to Lessor Oct2012
A330 G-WWBD - To be returned to Lessor Oct2012

Don't have any info on the A321's and the rest of the 319's and 320's yet.
This shall confirm once and for all that the A330's will not be transfered to BA (not that that wasn't clear anyway)

Also, not sure if MIDX is the only one to get a interior change for the moment or if they will all get it during being repainted. I can imagine MIDX will be integrated into the BA fleet asap, hence the immediate interior change and the rest of the fleet's interior will be changed at a later date.


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User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 44549 times:

Quoting irregking (Thread starter):
A320 G-MIDX - To be ferried LHR-EMA-LHR 25Apr-14May for repaint & interior change

That's happening quick. I guess its also because she is in Star Livery (Same with the WWBM going all white)


User currently offlineBritishB747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 44483 times:

Not surprised that G-MIDX is being repainted immediatly. Glad I got a photo of a BMI A330 last time I was at Heathrow as I wont be seeing that again I expect. I imagine the rest of the BMI fleet will be repainted before the winter timetable comes into force. Will any stickers be added to the fleet in the meantime to show that they are part of BA or IAG?

Regards



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User currently offlineHUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1406 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 44377 times:

Anybody know if BA intend to maintain service to Dammam?

Kind regards

Mike


User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 44308 times:

I had heard about MIDX earlier being the first one to be done. Is it being painted into BA livery or just being de-branded? As it seems so soon for a full job.

User currently offlineGSTBA From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 465 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 44206 times:

IAG will give a full update on how they plan to intergrate BD into BA when they announce Q1 results on May 11, 2012.
This announcement is expected to include details of which routes BA intend to continue to operate past the Summer 12 season. They will also announce the routes that they plan to close along with the date that the service will end.

They will also announce what they plan to do with WW and BMI Regional

Quoting HUYfan (Reply 3):
Anybody know if BA intend to maintain service to Dammam?

BA have served DMM in the past. One option could be to add the service as a continuation of their daily RUH or 5 x Weekly JED service. I think we will just have to wait for the 11th May to find out for sure.


User currently offlineirregking From Germany, joined Feb 2008, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 44209 times:

Quoting BA174 (Reply 4):
Is it being painted into BA livery or just being de-branded?

I am pretty sure they will be repainted into BA livery, or at least a hybrid with BA livery and bmi titles.
I understand that bmi is conducting business as usual for now, however it does not make sense to take a plane out of service for over a week to just be de-branded and then, in October, sent out again for a week to be repainted into BA colours. 10quid on that the 319's and 320's mentioned above will come back in BA-uniform!  



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User currently offlineirregking From Germany, joined Feb 2008, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 44158 times:

Quoting HUYfan (Reply 3):
Anybody know if BA intend to maintain service to Dammam?
Quoting GSTBA (Reply 5):

IAG will give a full update on how they plan to integrate BD into BA when they announce Q1 results on May 11, 2012.

Please discuss routes and anything else regarding the merger in the "bmi is now part of BA" thread which you can find HERE

I started this thread for the sole purpose of discussing bmi fleet updates, thank you ever so much!



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User currently offlinehotplane From UK - England, joined Jul 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 44050 times:

Kind of ironic the MEDx series will end up in BA scheme again.


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User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 43876 times:

Why does MIDX need an interior change straight away though?

User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 43806 times:

Quoting BA174 (Reply 9):

To provide a consistent service as soon as possible. Its going to be a bit messy having a few different cabins around on the network. The sooner the cabins can be aligned, the easier it is for the airline and customers.


User currently offlineby738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 43695 times:

Werent a lot of the BMED airbuses in basic BA config anyway ? would only need minor alterations

User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 43623 times:

Quoting by738 (Reply 11):

Werent a lot of the BMED airbuses in basic BA config anyway ? would only need minor alterations


In the cabin they had a completely different config to BA mainline.


User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 43555 times:

Quoting irregking (Thread starter):
A330 G-WWBM - To be ferried LHR-MLA 19May for MX & MLA-MAN for repaint into all white. To be returned to Lessor Oct2012
A330 G-WWBD - To be returned to Lessor Oct2012

That's a real shame, I had a big hope/wish to see the A330s in BA livery.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 43347 times:

Thanks for that . Most of those I have flown on ! Certainly is happening fast no surprise about the A330's.

User currently offlinefutura From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 42735 times:

I certainly will miss the most beautiful livery in the skies


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User currently onlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2985 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 42734 times:
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Quoting BA174 (Reply 9):
Why does MIDX need an interior change straight away though?

Because it got Lufthansa fit all over it !


User currently offlineAIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2499 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 42242 times:

Will the brown seats disappear... I think they are better than BA's and would be bad to see them go...


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User currently offlinebwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 42194 times:

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 16):

G-MIDX (along with G-MIDT) are both operated with a 20 seat fixed business cabin and a 108 seat economy cabin with the old bmi convertible variable geometry seating. They still have the light blue leather seat covers and hideous red check carpet.


User currently offlineFiedman From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 41819 times:

Quoting GBLKD (Reply 13):
Quoting irregking (Thread starter):
A330 G-WWBM - To be ferried LHR-MLA 19May for MX & MLA-MAN for repaint into all white. To be returned to Lessor Oct2012
A330 G-WWBD - To be returned to Lessor Oct2012

That's a real shame, I had a big hope/wish to see the A330s in BA livery.

I know what you mean I was hoping the same thing



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User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 41355 times:

Thank god G-WWBD is going, it was worn out inside having essentially been run exclusively on LHR-RUH-JED/DMM for the past few years. Add to that, on average it seems to go tech once a month, and high lease rates, October can't come soon enough!

I will miss the BD colourscheme/branding throughout, I always admired how fresh and modern it looked. Whilst I will admit I would have liked to have seen an A330 in BA colours, it wouldn't look as good as their 747s and 777s...

Also nice to see BA getting some "newer" A319s (as far as I'm aware all of BDs A319s are newer than BAs) as their current ones are a bit tatty.

I look forward to seeing what happens with the RUH, JED and DMM routes as BD don't do too badly on them in J (my dad flew back the other day and it was full in J, nearly empty in Y) and with BA they seem to be doing quite well in all classes too. I wonder if we'll see a capacity increase to 1 daily flight (747) or keep it as 2 daily flights on 777s or a 777 and a 767? Or will SV pickup the old BD LHR slots for RUH?


User currently offlineby188b From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 40758 times:

Wonder when G-DBCA will get done, this still has Lufthansa seating.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 40678 times:

Quoting bwaflyer (Reply 18):

I will miss the J Class blue seats though . Flew it many a time DUB-LHR .

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BSL/074_800x600.jpg


User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 40578 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):

Its nice, but it would not fit in to the BA fleet well. The good thing about the BA short haul fleet is it can easily one minute be on a domestic and the next after a little re config it can do a Euro flight.


User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 40553 times:

Quoting planejamie (Reply 20):
Also nice to see BA getting some "newer" A319s (as far as I'm aware all of BDs A319s are newer than BAs) as their current ones are a bit tatty.

I look forward to seeing what happens with the RUH, JED and DMM routes as BD don't do too badly on them in J (my dad flew back the other day and it was full in J, nearly empty in Y) and with BA they seem to be doing quite well in all classes too. I wonder if we'll see a capacity increase to 1 daily flight (747) or keep it as 2 daily flights on 777s or a 777 and a 767? Or will SV pickup the old BD LHR slots for RUH?

Hopefully the rumours that BA will use the BD A319s to replace its 737s will turn out true as they are getting pretty run down inside.


25 Post contains links and images OA260 : True I agree that BA needs to bring the interiors in line with the rest of the fleet. Still nice memories of BMI especially their recent brown leathe
26 VV701 : Thanks. It is not surprising that BA are using their new paint shop at EMA. But can we assume their LHR paint shop is pre-booked - possibly for more
27 VV701 : All of the aircraft listed by the TO are due to be out of service for at least one week. This very strongly indicates that they are all to be repaint
28 CaptainDoony : Are the 319s and 320s going to be re-registered to G-EU?? To keep commonality with the rest of the BA fleet?
29 SXDFC : Thats a shame, too bad these couldn't be an interm replacement for the Long Haul BA 767s. I'd imagine the insides of these birds are probably in bett
30 planejamie : I doubt it, considering BD only had 2 A330s on high lease rates, I think they're going to try and get rid of them as soon as possible... add to that
31 VV701 : On past form the answer would be 'No'. Neither of BA's second-hand 320s that were previously operated by first GB Airways and then easyJet were rereg
32 raffik : Shame to see the lovely new bmi interiors go.. they were very pleasing on the eye and I found the chocolate brown seats very attractive and upmarket.
33 Post contains links and images OA260 : Indeed but they are quite comfortable .
34 Boeing74741R : I suppose that may depend on how many ex-BD routes and frequencies BA choose to retain beyond the Summer. I see some of the BD A320s are ex-BMED whic
35 Post contains images emalad : I am sad that the BD livery is going Wonder if anyone can get a pic of G-MIDX when she gets to EMA? I would pop down, but it is chucking it down with
36 Post contains links and images garpd : This is as close as it's going to get:
37 qf002 : Nice work, thanks. I don't like the BA livery on the A330 at all though... Glad that they are holding out for the 787...
38 Post contains images aamd11 : It is now.
39 BA174 : Did the fist one go off for repaint?
40 Post contains images emalad : Just seen on flightradar24.com that G-MIDX has just landed at EMA after a very short flight from LHR (BMA9531) A shame she landed in the dark, or was
41 Post contains links VV701 : G-DBCA is still dedicated to operarting for LH between LHR and TXL: http://data.flight24.com/airplanes/g-dbca/ presumably now on wet lease from BA. O
42 BrianDromey : BD is still operating, I imagine it is still a wet-lease from Bd to LH until the end of the summer schedule, presumably will revert to LH at that tim
43 virginblue4 : Any chance G-DBCB or G-DBCC will be painted into the dove livery?
44 Post contains links Thomas_Jaeger : Judging from their schedules, BD will get a Eurofly A330-200 from May 19 (presumably to replace G-WWBM): bmi british midland (BD, East Midlands (EMA))
45 tonystan : I imagine whatever happens to the cabin of MEDK in the next week or so will be very telling of the future of the "longhaul" airbuses!!!!
46 RyanairGuru : Is this poor reporting, or actually true? If so, some may get their wish! On the other hand, if it came out all white I wouldn't die of shock
47 qf002 : If you've made the same mistake as I did, then you need to reread the sentence more carefully.
48 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Duh
49 garpd : I'd imagine not. It's quite clear, the A330s are not going to enter the BA fleet. The A320s will do
50 VV701 : Is the cabin of G-DBCA uniquely configured (for a BD 319)? If so, how? If not why is it dedicated to LH LHR-TXL-LHR rotations?
51 ba319-131 : - Any idea why? - the lease on WWBM is not up until October, seems a bit odd to put in to storage and lease somesthing else in.
52 Thomas_Jaeger : Judging from some feedback I have just received, it is just to cover for maintenance on both A330s until the end of July, then both BD 332s will fly u
53 Post contains images tonystan : I know the 330s are going, I was referring to the longhaul cabins in the former BMED A320/21s. MEDK is one of these aircraft and if it returns to LHR
54 AIR MALTA : Well I hope it is not a 7th a day to ARN or a 10th a day to BCN...
55 raffik : Totally agree- if they come back in EF config, it's pretty safe to say that either some of the longer bd network (Beirut, Damascus, Khartoum, Adis Ab
56 bwaflyer : LH grey leather seats, blue LH curtains and carpet, LH bulkhead coverings, all signage in English and German. This is one of two aircraft that were d
57 GCPET : I know both bmi and BA use the V2500 but are the general specs of the Airbus's similar? Or do they have some variation? GCPET
58 VV701 : Many thanks.
59 Lofty : Its not just the above decks config that causes problems, I understand the BD airbus are Not Containerised so can't operate out of T5 also they only h
60 BrianDromey : I think it's just the A319s that are not containerised. The A320 and A321s should be. AFAIK all the MEDx are BA spec aircraft.
61 VV701 : I checked out the TXL-LHR-TXL flights on both the BD and LH web sites this morning (1 May). At first sight perhaps a little perversely the BD web site
62 RyanairGuru : I don't know about LHR-TXL, but the two websites have AFAIK always had this disconnect for MAN-FRA. Whenever I've looked at that route, which ever we
63 bwaflyer : A319s - bulk loaded G-MIDx A320s - container G-MEDx A320s - bulk G-MEDx A321s - bulk A319's and G-MIDx A320's are fuelled both sides (some of the T1
64 Thomas_Jaeger : I think this has been like this before already on some routes and technically is correct although a bit confusing obviously. bmi codeshares on a Luft
65 BA174 : Any update on whats happened to MIDX livery wise? It should be due out soon.
66 Post contains images HullCitySpotter : Just booked a flight on BD592 heading back from Farnborough Air show. According to BMI website and Flight24 this flight is operated by a A319/A320. Do
67 VV701 : Yes, particularly if G-MEDK returns to LHR from SOF on 11 May in BA's Union Flag livery. By September I would expect most of BD's fleet to have been
68 HullCitySpotter : It's apparently normally a G-MID* aircraft, so hopefully I'll avoid G-MEDK and get G-MIDO, which I keep spotting at Manchester every time I go there
69 tonystan : BMI are good but as someone who uses them a hell of a lot I wouldnt say they are great. They are up there with the likes of Aer Lingus, CityJet and o
70 OA260 : Over a decade flying BMI as a top tier member and they are very good. Sometimes business decisions on catering and so called enhancements spoilt the
71 HAL9k : BD has leased a 332 from IG to serve RUH JED and DMM for 19may-29jul2012. LHR-RUH-DMM 1.3..6. LHR-RUH-JED .2.4..7
72 skipness1E : They're not great down the back, not so much as a cup of coffee. It's not a whole lot but more than enough to make BA a world better when in a hurry
73 OA260 : So what does BA serve down the back on a GLA-LHR or similar routing these days ? Evening times for example.
74 planejamie : Why is that? What's happened to G-WWBD that usually (always) operates that route?
75 VV701 : Heavy routine maintenance that has been planned for some time.
76 BA174 : Breakfast in the morning or a "sweet or savoury" snack with drinks at other times, complementary of course. The sweet snack is usually the Bronters c
77 bwaflyer : Domestic flights (including DUB and HAJ) offer complimentary food and drink for those who have bought a flexible economy ticket, and BoB for those on
78 skipness1E : Coffee / tea and nuts, it's rubbish but a lifesaver if running like a looney at the end of the day and sitting down for the first time on hours. That
79 Post contains links bwaflyer : Airborne time is normally less than 1:15 on a mainline aircraft (technically there is no Regional service out of LHR, they are simply Embraer aircraf
80 HAL9k : As 332/G-WWBM, which is going to be ferried later this month (19/5) to MLA for maintenance and thereafter to MAN for painting (white), I guess BA is
81 GSTBA : It will be a wet lease. Flights will operate with IG flight and cabin crew
82 bwaflyer : With a bmi service manager, inflight chef and an Arabic speaking member of cabin crew
83 planejamie : That'll be interesting... My dad is flying RUH-LHR-MAN later this month (and back early June) - will there be any differences in product given he pai
84 Post contains images bgm : Yes, he'll be flying on a plane that doesn't go tech...
85 Post contains images pegasus1 : [quote=skipness1E,reply=Coffee / tea and nuts, it's rubbish but a lifesaver if running like a looney at the end of the day and sitting down for the fi
86 planejamie : That's very true! I had a 5 hour delay once and a cancellation because of that bloody aircraft! I don't see why that aircraft goes tech so often, it'
87 BA174 : I wouldn't be surprised if an interim livery is used if the early repaints will be restricted to BD routes only. However I think it's possible that as
88 FlyCaledonian : If any interim livery is used I would have thought it'd be minimal. Perhaps like AA acquired TWA - aircraft starting appearing in full AA colours, ex
89 Post contains links BA174 : I think MEDK comes back first. Will these rebranded aircraft also come back and get BA safety cards/videos etc loaded onboard as they will no longer b
90 VV701 : According to the Airport Coordination Ltd web site Lufthansa Group have stripped out many BD LHR slots. As at February they were reporting that BD had
91 BA174 : MEDK is mid-haul so it will be intereting to see what BA do with that. I expect it will just be reconfigured to the euro confi as I can't see BA keepi
92 BA174 : MEDK is mid-haul so it will be intereting to see what BA do with that. I expect it will just be reconfigured to the euro config as I can't see BA keep
93 jumpjets : I was sitting on Richmond Green having my sandwich at lunchtime watching the LHR inbounds dipping in and out of the clouds and it ocurred to me that i
94 BA174 : Well MEDK is due back today so we should see the result.
95 Post contains images OA260 : Great looking forward to seeing that
96 jwhite9185 : I was on G-DBCA this morning to NCE. Still has the LH interior, and apparently not dedicated to LH routes.
97 HullCitySpotter : Has MEDK come back yet?
98 liftsifter : Fly BMI before their completely absorbed! Certainly a very good airline, with some very solid interior fittings. (Especially on mid-haul A321s) Food
99 Post contains images HullCitySpotter : I'm on the BD592 on the Saturday of the Farnborough AirShow; to my knowledge it'll still be BMI then won't it?
100 BA174 : Don't think it has. Maybe more is being done to it than initially anticipated thought.
101 raffik : I'm on BD907 to Beirut on Monday. Scheduled 321. I will miss them when they go
102 jwhite9185 : Speaking to the captain of my flight back from Nice earlier, he said that G-DBCD will be painted into the BA Dove livery 'very soon'. Weather very soo
103 A340600 : G-MIDX is apparently back, though nothing anywhere confirms in what livery.
104 Tristarsteve : DBCB should be out in Dove colours 25 May, then DBCH 7 Jun then DBCD 15 Jun
105 Post contains links BAW217 : Still in Star Alliance colours: http://www.heathrowcam.net/index.php...page=11&view=1&photo=198239&mode=1
106 raffik : Odd. Why would they not repaint it into BA livery? Unless they had an interior refit and the livery will be done elsewhere?
107 OA260 : From a Twitter message I read seems just some new seats and wardrobe space changed. Bit of a shame not too see more done.
108 BA174 : My only guess is that BA will now black the tail out. Strange to see it come back in the same livery. Any sign of MEDK?
109 hotplane : MEDK just arrived back at LHR still in bmi colours.
110 Post contains images aamd11 : That, I can understand to a degree... since the bmi schedule continues to be operated, and not all the flights have been given BA numbers yet, etc...
111 skipness1E : Clearly BA are moving across to STAR. Obvious innit. * flees
112 BA174 : My guess is that they will go through the BA paint faciltiy at LHR. I can't see MIDX being returned to service in *A livery
113 HullCitySpotter : BMA81F @ 2012-05-14 08:04 CET from BHD to LHR Apparently it has; however only to Belfast.
114 Post contains images OA260 : Typical send us the faulty goods
115 BA174 : So what has happened to MEDK? Does it still have the mid-haul product?
116 ba9216c : There was a BMI airbus moved into the LHR paint bay this morning. One wearing the full blue BMI colours. I do no know the registration at this moment
117 aamd11 : G-DBCB positioned MAN-LHR yesterday and moved into the paintshop today, according to thebasource.com.
118 hotplane : Gold flag on the tail of DBCB visible in the hangar yesterday.
119 VV701 : Between them three BD 320s, G-MIDO, 'DS and 'DY continue to operate the three-times-daily LH FRA-MAN-FRA (LH949, LH942/43, LH947/47 and LH948) and FRA
120 BA174 : I've been told it could be in service tomorrow but will defiantly be back out this week. Will the repainted aircraft be crewed by BA crews on ex-BD s
121 Post contains links and images OA260 : Apparantly this is it in the hanger being prepared :
122 skipness1E : Dove coloured G-DBCB in the BMI hangar and G-EUPA at BA this afternoon. They're flocking.....
123 VV701 : Now out of the hangar with cabin configured as BA standard for 132C/Y passengers and is operating BA8138 LHR-BSL under BA AOC. First bmi aircraft ful
124 VV701 : This flight was formerly BD161. Just remembered that that is the flight where LX wet leased the aircraft after it arrived at BSL. It then operated LX
125 FlyCaledonian : Which is the next A319 into the hanger?
126 raffik : Anybody know when the mid haul A321s are going to be repainted? And whether the internal configuration will change?
127 BA174 : So I take it it will be BA crewed as it is under their AOC? WIill it have BA service onboard e.g. Club Europe etc?
128 TUGMASTER : Swiss Europrean will operate the BSL-BCN turn...
129 Post contains images HullCitySpotter : Speaking of G-DBCB... found this on the internet. Looks lovely!
130 Post contains images VV701 : The crew will be BA trained but could be former BD employees. Yes. Everything about it apart from its history since it completed its last BD service
131 callumm92 : It's a nice thought! But sadly, LX have been operating the route with an RJ100 since last Monday. As far as I can tell G-DBCB operated BA8138/BA8141
132 VV701 : I had a look and that is correct. That flight had been operated by an LX RJ100 on Saturdays and by a BD A319 on all other days. The last BD operated
133 Lofty : Love the photo what I can't get use to is the Blue Tug on a BA aircraft at LHR.
134 Post contains images GCPET : Feel very sad to see DBCB in BA colours! It's finally the start of the very end of British Midland and by the end of the summer season they'll all be
135 raffik : The crew will still be within BA and will carry over their warmth and charm! What I really want to know is what is happening with Beirut- I have a fl
136 BA174 : I think it's already been announced that they won't operate mid-haul A320 family birds. All airbus will be in eurofleet config.
137 AIR MALTA : Nothing has been announced as far as I know. If they do not keep the mid-haul airbuses, how will they keep on flying to BEY, THR, BAK, FNA, etc in th
138 VV701 : There seem to be five possible answers to the question of the future of the mid haul routes: 1. Mid-haul routes + mid haul single-aisle Airbuses will
139 BA174 : I don't personally think that BA want a mid-haul product on Airbuses especially when you see shorter flights (CAI, DME) getting the full four class lo
140 something : I read somewhere that a total of 7 BA aircraft will get special paint schemes. Presumably, those are all going to be narrowbodies and applied to the B
141 Post contains images virginblue4 : I may be wrong, but I believe the rest are all going to be Doves. The Olympic flame was just fof G-EUPC when transporting the flame from ATH back to
142 something : Does that imply they're going to repaint the Firefly into a Dove too? That would be lame as hell. (not that having 6-7 Doves flying around is any mor
143 hotplane : G-RJXI has had it's Star Alliance logos removed.
144 Tristarsteve : The flame is off to the IOM and Belfast by air. I assume the same aircraft?
145 hotplane : EUPC had some touching up done in the paintshop over night, so looks likely.
146 HullCitySpotter : Oh you're kidding... I was at Belfast City today! Saw DBCI in her BD colours... don't want to see them go at all! Plus I was surprised at BMIbaby's q
147 VV701 : A 319 G-DBCC operated BA8148 LHR-VIE this morning (29 May) using the call-sign BAW8148 suggesting it is now flying under the BA AOC. It last flew on 2
148 Tristarsteve : I think you are correct, but the fact that it uses a Speedbird callsign has no bearing on whether it is under the BA AOC. If a service is sub contrac
149 something : To get this right.. the Firefly livery has been amended?
150 skipness1E : Not sure they HAVE to, they can choose otherwise but don't. They will not be using the original flight plan as the aircraft type is often different.
151 virginblue4 : I doubt it's been amended. Some parts were peeling a way i.e. the word 'firefly' directly under the cockpit so just touch ups like said.[Edited 2012-
152 sk736 : Interestingly, G-DBCB appears to still have the red BMI flashes on its wingtip fences.
153 virginblue4 : Nope, all BA airbus aircraft have this.
154 Post contains images goosebayguy : Peersonally I'm very sorry to see BM pass away like this. I remember the fleet when it was Viscounts and B707's. Flew with them several times from LBA
155 something : Thanks for that. It's such a shame though. You get a chance to see BA aircraft in special liveries, while BA is repainting a large number of aircraft
156 skipness1E : If BA want a proper scheme how about a proper retro 1974 scheme Airbus or a 1971 BOAC B744. Not pretentious enough perhaps?
157 tonystan : It may not be publically announced but the midhaul cabins are being removed from all the airbus aircraft. It probably wont occur till the very end of
158 Speedbird2155 : While there is a proposed change coming, from what I've heard it won't involve a removal of midhaul cabins on the airbus fleet.
159 Post contains images tonystan : If thats what you heard then thats what you heard! Iv "seen" differently!
160 Post contains images raffik : What have you seen?! I always believed that BA won't want a separate mid haul fleet of A321s and the ex BMI will be converted to stanadard 321 config(
161 BA174 : There isn't any 767 capacity at the moment unless they shuffle the timetable around and upgrade some routes 777s. I heard very early on that BA would
162 something : Isn't Moscow supposed to go all 744s? That'd free up some 767s.
163 jetset7e7 : Standard BA A32X wingtip fence has the lower part red Mark
164 AIR MALTA : BA is refurbishing 7 of the 14 767s. They could refurbish some of the shorthaul ones and use them to BEY, FNA, ALA, etc.. while ex BD A321s can be tr
165 VV701 : Since 25 March BA have operated two daily long haul 763 flights (BA235 and BA237) and a daily "Hi J" 744 flight (BA233) to DME. Before that date they
166 BA174 : The 767s are also needed for cargo so its not as simple as that. They could always buy back some of the QF ex-BA short haul 767s but that's unlikely
167 by738 : No
168 RyanairGuru : As you said, unlikely. QF don't actually own them, but rather a consortium of Australian banks (NAB and ANZ IIRC). Also - however much QF hate those
169 LHR27C : The sale of bmi regional completed today.
170 raffik : Why does QF not like the 767s? Where do they operate them from?
171 BA174 : The ex-BA machines are non-standard compared to the rest of QFs fleet. I think they are domestic only.
172 pacifique75 : I have just met up in London with a friend who is shorthaul cabin crew for BA and yesterday he was telling me exactly the same... My friend mentioned
173 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Practically everything about them is different to QF's own 767s. The engines, exit layout, galleys, you name it - it's different. They're therefore a
174 edina : Re the BA configured cabin.... BA short haul crew have had NO memos or any other notification about any aircraft/reconfiguration other than the initi
175 raffik : Well, if the mid haul cabins are being removed from the A320/A321 then it gives a very clear indication that the Middle Eastern routes that BA keep w
176 BA174 : Apparently QF tried to offload them back to BA when G-BNLH went back but they declined. I was told they went to QF in the first place as former trunk
177 tonystan : The information is there if you know where to look or who to ask!
178 raffik : Quoting edina (Reply 172): BA short haul crew have had NO memos or any other notification about any aircraft/reconfiguration other than the initial ex
179 Tristarsteve : There will be no mid haul A320. They will become standard BA shorthaul aircraft. As far as I know the only BA B767 on an ex-BD route will be 3/week t
180 bwaflyer : There's a whole hangar full of Swiss flat bed business seats and new economy seats sitting in East Midlands. They were due to be fitted to the A321 fl
181 Speedbird2155 : There are plans to continue a mid haul fleet. This would be along the lines of plans if heard, but awaiting confirmation.
182 raffik : Very interesting .. So Beirut will likely to stay a 321 destination.. I really thought they wouldn't want to operate a sub fleet but if the capacity o
183 BrianDromey : If it makes sense to operate mid-haul destinations that can support an A321 and have 767/777 aircraft operate other routes I believe BA will do it, i
184 AIR MALTA : They might as well use the London City Club seats on the A321.
185 vasu : Not a bad idea... that would surely cut down on the number of different onboard products?
186 Post contains links and images OA260 : G-DBCB . Some of the BMI staff came and took pics on their phones . They gave me some very interesting info too about the changes etc...
187 Post contains images vasu : ... such as ... ?
188 VIDP : Is it officially confirmed that BA/BMI would be wrapping up from ATQ from the winter schedule.
189 1stfl94 : I think the winter schedule still has to come out, but I would have thought that BA might try and keep ATQ, might work on a 767
190 rutankrd : Amritsar is low yielding VFR and religious traffic and Heathrow is the WRONG UK terminal anyway. (Try BHX !) Its currently a tag on the a reason (can
191 VV701 : bmi 319 G-DBCH was rolled out today (7 June) in full BA livery. I believe it has also had its cabin refurbished to the standard BA format.[Edited 2012
192 Speedbirdie : I crewed G-DBCC the other day and it was still painted in Bmi colours which I found strange. VV701 is this the first one to be refurbished to BA stand
193 virginblue4 : Standard livery or dove livery?
194 VV701 : Well I thought no. I thought that that was G-DBCB. When did you fly on 'CBr? Before or after she was painted in the Dove livery? If after can you rec
195 Speedbirdie : Right ok. It's just the rear galley on DBCB and DBCC is completely different to our BA ones. I flew DBCB on Saturday and DBCB on Sunday. The rear of
196 Tristarsteve : Not up to date on all the BMI, but these three (BCB BCC BCH) BA operated ex-BMI aircraft are all 144 seaters with a moveable divider. I understand th
197 VV701 : 'CH was out of service from 29 May to 7 June for painting and cabin refurbishment. Painting an aircraft typically takes 5 or 7 days and I think the e
198 Tristarsteve : It will be painted in BA livery 11 - 18 July.
199 raffik : Any idea on when the A321s will be reconfigured (if at all?)
200 Tristarsteve : Later. All the A319 will be done first, except BCA which is flying for LH. These A319 will be finished at end of August, then the A320 and A321 will b
201 bwaflyer : The bmi A319's underwent a cabin refurbishment last year with all the 130 seat aircraft increased to 138 seats, and 144 seaters remaining at 144 seats
202 raffik : Very interesting news. Are there any other airlines that will operate lie flat seats on an A321? Does anyone know what the new economy class seats wi
203 Tristarsteve : The 3 A319 that have been put on the BA AOC have stayed as 144 seaters. In our Config list are 144 seats and 138 seats for the BMI A319
204 TimRees : I flew on G-DBCB on BA8144 last Sat (2nd June) LHR-NCE - it was internally like a BA aircraft - but the blue leather seats were of a newer design (sli
205 Post contains links and images bwaflyer : Thanks for that - we Midlanders wave our babies off, not to see them again until we've passed through the hallowed gates of Cranebank. These are the
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