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British Midland To Change Name  
User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1430 posts, RR: 2
Posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

There was a report in today's Sunday Times that British Midland is having 45% (about) of it's shares transferred from SAS to Lufthansa ownership to reflect the joining of the STAR alliance (although both airlines are in the STAR, so why the share sale?)
anyway, because British Midland are hoping to start Atlantic routes from next year they are changing their name to BlueBird to better reflect the fact that they are a new bigger carrier..
please, someone in BD, tell me this is not true, because if it is, I'm certainly not flying with you,
the effort that people put into airline names these days is terrible
e.g Buzz, Bluebird etc..

Aircraft I've flown: A300/A310/A320/A321/A330/A340/B727/B732/B733/B734/B735/B738/B741/B742/B744/DC10/MD80/IL62/Bae146/AR
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User currently offlineCraig From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2256 times:


I agree the name sounds awful. British Midland sounds far more profesional. There used to be a bus company in the UK called Bluebird, maybe they copied it from there.


Craig Stewart

User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

I also would hate it if British Midland became Blue Bird. I don't want to walk through LHR and see blue bird planes in place of British Midland. I have heard that they plan to start transatlantic services. Is this what you mean by a bigger airline? I don't think the name should be changed just becasue of some new routes.

User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4639 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

I don't think BlueBird would be a good idea for the company's name. Maybe they should call it British Midland International, that would reflect to the public the airline's expansion beyond Europe. "Blue Bird" would be a good RADIO call sign.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

Ben Soriano
User currently offlinePanamfanatic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

I also think the name "blue bird" sounds awful. That is the name of a school bus manufacturer in the US and it sounds Ok, but for an airline...i dont think so. I personally think British International has a nice ring to. Or even Midland International??? Anyways what new routes are they starting to the US and with what aircraft?

User currently offlineJet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

I've heard from other sources that the possibilities include BRITISH INTERNATIONAL and BRITISH LION.
They are soon expected to unveil a new landor designed livery (early next year I think)
They have also reserved registrations G-WWBA to G-WWBZ for future deliveries - don't know if that gives any clues!!!!!

User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2205 times:

Blue Bird sounds like some tacky charter carrier that flies out of Gatwick. Definettly not a name that goes with Heathrow Airport. And British International is a bit confusing with British Airways for the travelling public. As for British Lion, that sounds good, so does British Midland International. I really like their current logo. Hope the new one is even better and not some all-white cheat job.

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