BDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
bmibaby are looking at having all 733's from bmi main stream service and a lot of the -500 series in the fleet within 2-3 years. i cant wait to see new routes from EMA for next summer. There may be a 3rd base within 2 years too.
EGNM-LBA From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2848 times:
BDRules - LBA-LHR services are switching from 733 to A320 from the start of the winter, with the 733 heading off to Baby so this is definitely the direction they're taking. As for EMA, I wouldn't be surprised to see the next move being the transfer of EDI/GLA services to 'Baby' from Bmi regional to provide more cost-effective competition to Go.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2830 times:
Talk is that there's no place at EMA for ERJ-145s from next spring, so the supposition that EMA'll go all Baby might not be far wide of the mark. Absolute disaster as far as I'm concerned if it happens. Just booked two tickets EMA-AMS return on BMI mainline for £27 plus tax, and based on the fares Baby are charging on their existing services I'm hard pressed to see how Baby will do it much cheaper if they take over - but of course with Baby all the extras like food and drink will be on top no matter how much you pay.
Actually, leaving aside the few extra destinations they're serving where comparisons aren't possible, that's all Baby is doing as far as I can tell - same or pretty much the same fares as BMI mainline used to have if you book far enough in advance, but with all the extras taken away. Nice cost saving exercise for BMI in reality, that's all.
Scam in my book - tell people they're getting low fares, have a few headline cheapies displayed on the web-site, and everyone believes it.
Bmi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2822 times:
bmibaby are wicked, been on them twice RTN now and love them, and the prices Im quoted are usually cheap, unless you're flying to say AGP which seems a bit pricy for the time I selected and I did flind cheaper seats on a flight only basis with a UK charter from a more mainstream UK airport however bmibaby offer good deals to DUB practically all the time.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7635 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
I wonder if the EMA based ERJ145s will be displaced to MAN & LBA then? LBA would probably get a non-stop German (not made up my mind - which one is best FRA or MUC?) link at long last and possibly a CPH one as well.
Don't know where any "new" MAN based ERJ145 would go to though.
BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7937 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2798 times:
And as BMI are reducing their onboard service, there is really little between them at present. Was surprised to see the full breakfast reduced to a Bacon Panini..
CWL is a weird move, as it has quite a small catchment area when compared to Bristol. If you look at same-carrier services at BRS and CWL, BRS services usually have at least twice the capacity. FR are a good example, having never had more than a daily service from CWL. BA have basically abandoned the airport, leaving Air Wales.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3278 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2708 times:
That's a good thing for Cardiff, it seems to be an underserved market indeed. I had looked for low-cost carriers into CWL some time ago and found only Ryanair, which flies to DUB. Aside from Air Wales, KLM, BA (which has cut many of its services) and the holiday flyers there was nobody else - and the airport often looks near-deserted.
This is good news for South Wales, more choices for passengers in this area. It will also eliminate the drive/train journey to Bristol to get cheap flights.
EGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2686 times:
Trintocan - Nice to see a fellow welshman around the forums
As for Cardiff being deserted most of the time, when i've been there you get periods of 1-2hrs where nothing comes in but what i find with Cardiff is everything comes in in batches.
I can't wait for them to get bookings started next month, hopefully they'll offer some more free flights to mark the opening of the base like EMA ... i wont have to endure an 8hr trip like last time then, just 20mins in car