jonnyclark From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2011, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7777 times:
bmi has a heritage, and whilst it hasn't been successful, people have built an emotional attachment to it. At least, more of an emotional attachment than 'granite' aviation.. which is a bit of a bizarre name? Who you flying with...? Granite.
I'm really sad to see bmi go, and would love to see it continue through this acquisition.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7256 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7068 times:
If the sale to Granite City Aviation goes through it will be interesting to learn if they compete for some of the BD LHR slots that BA have to free up so that bmi Regional can continue to operate the AB Z-LHR-ABZ rotations they currently operate for BD.
Granite City Aviation - Aberdeen is colloquially known as the Granite City - have stated publicly that they will retain all 300 bmi Regional staff. This suggests they plan to operate most if not all the current bmi Regional services.
An article in a local Aberdeen newspaper on 21 April identifies the three men behind Granite City Aviation:
"Graeme Ross and Ian Woodley are former bosses of Aberdeen based Business Air, The airline was swallowed up by British Midland and Mr Ross went on to join Eastern Airways as director for Scotland. He spent eight years there before stepping down in 2010. Mr Woodley was also a director for British Midland Regional until 1998. Robert Sturman is the former chief executive and chairman of British World Airlines which went into receivership in 2001"
So this is effectively full circle as Business Air was the bedrock on which bmi Regional was built.
babybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6483 times:
If I were in charge I'd dump the BMI name and any associations with the airline and start brand new. I'm all for regional airlines and regional airports in the UK and look forward to a new airline one day taking up the challenge.
BMI had nothing going for it. At best it was a hotch-pot operation.
atlflyer323 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 613 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6250 times:
If they keep the BMI brand I could see people getting confused as to why their miles or other perks they may have earned with the 'old' BMI have suddenly disappeared. That being said, it's not something they couldn't work through. I think they should keep the name and the livery, it's a beautiful livery!
LX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 386 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5698 times:
They should definitely try to keep the bmi name. I'd say the airline is going to need as much help as possible if sold and any sort of brand recognition would be helpful.
That said, if sold, I give the airline 18 months before its demise. There is just no business case for a new regional airline. The best bet would be to acquire larger jets, increase frequency and try and emulate and better what Globespan did.
btblue From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 578 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5140 times:
...or rebrand as Scottish Airways and form alliances with other regionals in scotland and the lower borders (stretching to MAN and LBA etc providing feed to a Scottish hub).
Provide a service that feeds Heathrow from Scotland but also works in an opposite direction... offering feed and direct flights in and out of Scotland to major hubs on the eastern seaboard and into central europe as a result of feed from the lower borders (MAN and LBA etc).
shufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 467 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5109 times:
The BMI brand means something to me. Every time I used to fly across the pond from the UK, I went with Star Alliance. When I got back into LHR, BMI would take me back to Scotland. I loved stepping back onto the plane and hearing my home accents for the first time in weeks. After I moved to Copenhagen, I used BMI between CPH and GLA and once again, it's the airline that took me home. I'd be sad to see it go altogether.