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British Midland International-A History A Tribute.  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9909 times:

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Welcome to my latest trip report. For over 10 years I have been flying British Midland/BMI and as most of you all know by now IAG has bought them so integration into BA is commencing. This year after 10 years consecutive Gold status I was to be lifetime Gold. To get to this milestone would normally be cause for celebration but sadly due to the above it was not to be for long. I had prepared for this over the last 12 months and knew it would be short lived so as they say thats life nothing lasts forever  

BMI has a mixed history .

Their timeline can be seen here :

http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/about-us/about-bmi/our-history.aspx

I will share some images of their product over the last number of years :

Head Office  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BHDMAR/800px-DoningtonHallCastleDonington.jpg

Fleet :


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A330





Business Class :



Premium Y ( Old J class seats )




Onboard Chef :



Star Logo :

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BMI crew and who will forget the hats  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BHDMAR/bmiflatt.jpg




No one can forget the good old days and their Diamond service :

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The Manchester base with the destinations to the Caribbean and the USA . All now distant memories. Who will ever know what could have been . Everyone will write their own history.


Printed material :


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British Midland also had their tragic crash which Im sure we will always remember with much sadness:



1989: Dozens die as plane crashes on motorway
A Boeing 737 airplane has crashed onto the M1 motorway near East Midlands airport, killing 46 people.
Eighty have survived, of whom ten are seriously injured.

The British Midland flight 092 was forced to crash land after both engines of the brand new aircraft failed.

''http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/8/newsid_2506000/2506665.stm''.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9996 times:

So the time had come to fly BMI again and maybe for the last time who knows . I decided to do a day trip from BHD-LHR-DUB . It had been a while since I flew BMI out of BHD so it would be a nice change.


The morning came and I took the train from Newry to Belfast Central :

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Checking the status on the Star App :



After an hour we pulled into Belfast Central and it was time to change trains.

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Northern Ireland getting ready for the Olympic Games :

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Soon my train came for the short ride to Sydenham ( Belfast City Airport ) :

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After 5 minutes we arrived and time to get off looking over at a local art work :

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After a less than 10 minutes walk I was at BHD Terminal :

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DATE : 20/MAR/2012
AIRLINE: BMI
FLIGHT: BD 089
ROUTE: BHD - LHR
CLASS: PREMIUM ECONOMY
SEAT: 4A
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A319
REG: G - DBCJ




I approached the Business Class check in and the girl behind the desk printed my boarding passes. She said '' Here we go Sir this is your Belfast to Heathrow and this is your connecting flight to ...errr ( took another look ) err back to Dublin tonight ??'' I replied ''Yes Im doing it for the miles promotion. She smiled and said why not  

I thanked her and made my way to the fast track lane .

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Yes thanks for reminding me  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9975 times:

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Time to hit the lounge . It was quite busy as there was a flight soon to depart before mine to LHR. The lounge agent welcomed me in with a smile . I hope that BA will keep them on if they take over the lounge .

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One thing I love about BMI BHD is the direct boarding to the aircraft from the lounge. This was a dedicated investment by BMI in BHD when it opened. I hope this also gets kept with BA.

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Hats soon to be worth some money :

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Soon it was time for the first flight to depart :

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Off to Heathrow :

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Not long after my flight arrived from LHR :

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9971 times:

After a while we were invited to board the aircraft :

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The nice new BMI cabins , what will happen to them ?

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Soon it was time to leave the gate and make our way to the runway :

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After take off it was time for the service :

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I have to say it was a bit dissapointing . The filling of the cake was pure grease and not nice at all. The cake was dry and the cakes in the lounge were actually nicer. I would have preferred a hot wrap than this. The crew were very pleasant and everything was served with a smile though.

Soon it was time to land into LHR :

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My new replacement for BMI Diamond Club  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BHDMAR/file-109.jpg

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An SMS alert about my flight :



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9933 times:

Nice Indian dish cant go wrong with that :

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A nice cake stand :

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Time to leave the Star lounge and head to the BMI one :

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9956 times:

Soon it was time to head to the gate for boarding :


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DATE : 20/MAR/2012
AIRLINE: BMI
FLIGHT: BD 131
ROUTE: LHR - DUB
CLASS: PREMIUM ECONOMY
SEAT: 2A
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A319
REG: G - DBCI





I was welcomed a friendly FA :

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BMI's signature Voyager Magazine , I wonder if we will see a final one with a tribute to BMI and its history. It would be a nice touch .

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Dedicated to Nils and Marc . Sadly from 19th April I cant use my BMI miles on SN Brussels or any other carrier in the LH group .

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A copy of an email I got yesterday :

Dear Philip

We'd like to advise you of some forthcoming changes to the bmi Diamond Club programme.

From 19 April 2012, the ability for Diamond Club members to earn Status and Destinations miles and to redeem miles will cease on the Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines).

Any redemption tickets issued prior to this date for travel will be honoured.

All Star Alliance status benefits will remain unaffected by this change.

We are working with British Airways to offer Diamond Club customers the ability to earn and redeem miles on British Airways and its oneworld partners following completion of the sale. We will do everything we can to communicate more detail as soon as possible.

Regards

xxxx xxxxxxxx

Diamond Club Manager

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Soon it was time to push back and take off .

After take off the service commenced and I was glad to see wraps on the menu :

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Service was with a smile and I could choose anything I wanted from the trolley .

After a while it was time to land into DUB .

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We made our way to the gate and then I disembarked the aircraft and made my way to arrivals.

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So thats the end of my report. Its been an interesting 10 years , British Midland/BMI / British Midland International has at times delighted/frustrated/amused me over the decade but all in all I can say it was a pleasure to be part of a ''Club'' and despite the decline over the years you will be missed .

Next week BMI will be part of IAG and we will know what will happen to us Diamond Club members.

Lots of questions still to be answered :

Will we keep our miles ?
Will we be Status matched to BA or another Star Alliance member?
What will happen to the BMI Lounges?
When will Star Alliance benefits cease?
Will we see BA on the BHD-LHR route after 2012
Will we see BA with their own metal back on the DUB-LHR route ?

The waiting game begins but I would like to close in saying a thank you to the staff of BMI . Many have left over the years through no choice of their own. The wonderful lounge staff at Glasgow and a special mention to a true lady called Lorraine who used to greet me at GLA DC Lounge.

Another wonderful lady at the T1 LHR Great British Lounge called Sonia from Scotland who always went above the call of duty to assist.

To the now disbanded Irish Dublin crew base who did us proud over the years .

This report is dedicated to you all and for those who still work in BMI in Diamond Club and all other areas of BMI I wish you all the best for the future.



Thanks for reading this report and I look forward to your memories/experiences and comments .


OA260 / Philip  

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Previous BMI reports by me :


Beirut With BMI Business Class+Lounges / Lots Pics (by OA260 Aug 5 2010 in Trip Reports)

British Midland International New Economy Extra (by oa260 May 13 2010 in Trip Reports)

BMI Business Class-Harrods-LHR Renaissance W/Pics (by OA260 Dec 20 2009 in Trip Reports)

BMI Business Class/Farewell Olympic London W/Pics (by OA260 Sep 27 2009 in Trip Reports)

BMI J Class Mid Haul Config Mini Report With Pics (by OA260 Sep 16 2009 in Trip Reports)

Day Trip To Israel BMI A330 In J & #1 Lounge Pics (by OA260 Aug 12 2009 in Trip Reports)

Day Trip To Israel BMI A330 In J Part 2 (by OA260 Aug 12 2009 in Trip Reports)

BMI Business Class NO Food +Cancellations W/Pics (by OA260 Feb 27 2009 in Trip Reports)

BMI Business Class + New Star Alliance Lounge/Pics (by OA260 Nov 16 2008 in Trip Reports)

BMI J Class/Royal Caribbean New Ship/Vids+Pics (by OA260 Apr 29 2008 in Trip Reports)

BHD-LHR-BHD J Class W/Lots Of Pics Incl. LHR (by OA260 Jun 10 2007 in Trip Reports)

BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics (by OA260 Sep 20 2009 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9772 times:

Another fantastic report Philip. A great tribute to BMI and the amazing journey we've all been on over the last few years. I know I've flown carriers and classes I'd never have even dreamed of had it not been for Diamond Club. As much as the airline has frustrated me with crazy decisions over the years, the frontline staff were always excellent and went above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions. They will be sadly missed. They all deserve huge thanks and many good wishes for the future.

Some personal mentions from me have to go to Renata in the Manchester lounge, and Sabine and Debbie in the Great British Lounge in Heathrow who have all helped me out on several occasions. I hope BA takes on these fabulous members of staff (among many others) and employs them for many years to come.

Farewell BD and thanks for the memories!

Gareth



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User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9707 times:

A wonderful trip report, my relationship with BD has been a love/hate one. Their friendliness and how niche the carrier is makes me love this little airline, but I hate it after my last few flights with them have been awful and I vowed never to fly with them again (before the whole deal with BA/IAG came about). I hope when BA takes over, the routes BD previously served that BA didn't (their medium haul network and the Irish flights) are taken over and continue to operate. I also hope that as few staff as possible lose their jobs.

Will I fly BD again? Who knows, I might do a MAN-LHR-MAN trip sometime in the summer if the fares are cheap (cheaper than the train anyway).

I find it a bit of a shame that now BD almost have a consistent product (remember before how mix-matched it was with LH interiors, old blue interiors etc, different services on different routes - some BOB some not) they're being bought out, but I wish the combined BD/BA the best of luck!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9656 times:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 6):
Another fantastic report Philip. A great tribute to BMI and the amazing journey we've all been on over the last few years. I know I've flown carriers and classes I'd never have even dreamed of had it not been for Diamond Club.

Hi Gareth and thanks for the reply. It certainly has been . Had it not been for BMI we may have not met   They have alot to answer for LOL.... Sincerely though I would have never travelled to Israel and just as I was getting used to the PE A330 product they ditched it . That was the problem in the end they kept chopping and changing routes and people got confused about where they flew and what they were.

They sent me a survey to fill out with multiple choice questions and one of them was :

BMI no longer fly where I need to go . That said it all really sadly.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 7):
A wonderful trip report, my relationship with BD has been a love/hate one.

Indeed I feel your pain it was an airline you really wanted to fly but found it hard to find the routes to suit. The inconsistancy over the years was compensated for by the attractive DC redemptions and *G Status .

Quoting planejamie (Reply 7):
I find it a bit of a shame that now BD almost have a consistent product (remember before how mix-matched it was with LH interiors, old blue interiors etc, different services on different routes - some BOB some not) they're being bought out, but I wish the combined BD/BA the best of luck!

Again I totally agree just when they seemed to get it right it was all too late .


User currently offlinePRAirbus From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9465 times:

Great report! Nice pictures! BMI interiors are very elegant!  

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9446 times:

Quoting PRAirbus (Reply 9):

Thanks for the reply Im glad you enjoyed it. I loved their interiors they were something different from the norm and the PE seats were the best out there at the time.


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9369 times:

Hi Philip,

Many thanks for this great trip report and the tribute to BMI. I haven't been on a BMI flight, but having used the Great British Lounge in LHR T1 a couple of times, I really like it and it has become one of my favourite lounges. Wonder also as to what will happen to this lounge.

Thanks again,
Win


User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9320 times:
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What a treat your report was. The early photos were a hoot . I do so always enjoy the effort you put into writing these and sharing them with us. THANKS!


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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9229 times:

Hola Philip!

Thanks for this tribute report on BMI, certainly a nice airline. I have personally never flown them but I have a been kind reader of your reports, and some others, with them and they certainly look like a very nice airline, especially on their mid-haul destinations. Their C seats look really comfortable and service looked always top notch so they will be missed around.

One thing I will miss is their lounge at LHR which I have visited some times and it was really a nice lounge with nice food, very good wines and very comfortable seating... let's see what happens to it.

On the survey you were asked to answer you should have included this Trip Report as a final tribute to the airline that has given so happy flights to you and after almost ten years being a Gold card holder is a little part of yourself as well, so I understand your worries and questions.

Anyway, I am sure we will see some of your other reports including great airlines... despite the slash on M&M earnings starting next September   

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9219 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 11):

Hi many thanks for the reply. I agree I will certainly miss that lovely lounge and the lovely views you get out to the runway.

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 12):

Hello and great to hear from you   I really appreciate your comments and Im glad you enjoy my reports  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9097 times:

Very nice report Phil, with some cracking old photos. Oh, where did it all go so wrong?!!! Sad to see the end of the DC club as well - am planning something to use the rest of mine up as I type!


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9057 times:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 13):

Hola Roger  

Thanks for the reply . Im sorry you never got to fly them but its great you got to try out the lounge. I presume that was on your LX LH trips ? I wonder what they will do now .

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):

Hey there yeah the photos brought back memories and seems like a different airline to now. Burn those miles soon and get them ticketed   Im sure you know the drill !


User currently offlinerichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 721 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9031 times:

Hi

Thanks for this report. My first scheduled flight was on a British Midland DC9 from BFS-LHR. In those days you got a drink from the bar with peanuts then a meal. I don't know how they managed it on such a short flight and today it seams mad.

Thanks also for the picture of the Vodafone.ie advert, I'm a bit of a mobile phone junkie.

Alex


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8995 times:

Hi Phil,

Absolutely fantastic stuff! That is what I call a day well spent - saying goodbye to an old, beloved (and sometimes a little hated, too) friend. BMI looks good as ever on these bread and butter routes of theirs, shame about the bad management practices and lack of strategy and direction that brought them onto the waiting arms of IAG.

That mini historic in the beginning was a great added bonus.

Thanks also for reminding me that that Dublin - Belfast train ride is still high on my TODO list - had forgotten all about it! Also great shots of Belfast, a city I like a lot.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
My new replacement for BMI Diamond Club

Jonas approves this!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Nice Indian dish cant go wrong with that :

Yummy! I think I should give this *A T1 lounge a go at some point - the food offerings look even better than the BMI lounge ones!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8832 times:

Quoting richcandy (Reply 17):

Hey thanks for sharing your memories those were the days. I used to
fly BFS-LHR with both BA and BD back in the day. Full service hot meals were great.

Your welcome for the VF Ad . lol ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):

Hey P thanks so much for the positive feedback  

A3 gave Jonas Gold will they live to regret it haha  

You should certainly try the train and a visit to Belfast maybe taking in the new Titanic exibition if your into that  


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8817 times:

Good to see a report with BMI in its final days. Ill be travelling with them next month, and i hope that they haven't had any BA integration by then - as i can travel with BA any time, where as this will most likely be my last chance to fly with BMI.

Also, the club section on the BMI A319 looks a lot more appealing than the BA A319 i was on last month.

I guess all will be revealed.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8578 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 20):

Thanks for the reply . Im sure you will be fine they wont change that quickly  

Are the BA A319's different in Club Europe than the A320's ?


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 777 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8474 times:

Well done Philip

A fitting tribute to BMI from one of it's most loyal customers. Sad indeed



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2162 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8442 times:

Hi Philip
Another excellent trip report as usual, & that was only about the flight's! The tribute to BD was a very nice bonus   I will always have fond memories of British Midland. Not only were they my most flown airline some of my earliest aviation memories involve BD, from their 737's at DUB on quiet summer evenings in the 90's to an A321 that flew so low over my house on arrival I could almost recognize the passengers & my first & only non A32X/737 flight on their 757 last May. Nice to see a pic of G-MIDX too, my last BD flight was aboard that aircraft. Come to think of it, the airline's I have flown dont seem to have great future's after I fly with them. First it was FH, they went bust a few years after I flew with them. Then it was PF, a year after my last flight with them to PMI the travel company they flew for here went bust so they obviously left DUB & now BD are going.

Thanks for posting  


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8438 times:

Hey Philip, fantastic report. Quite sad to say farewell to an old friend. You and BMI sure seem to have had a good time together over the past years, and it really has shown by judging all your reports on them on the forum. And not to forget those tags you sent me. Who knows, one day they might be worth something  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Head Office

I must say, that is by far the most eccentric head office of an airline I've ever seen, haha 
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Business Class :

Gorgeous product! What happened to their long haul fleet anyway?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Printed material :

Ah, now that font looks very familiar. It's "Big Calson" which is used by SAS! Suppose that was from the days when SAS owned a major share in the company  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I hope that BA will keep them on if they take over the lounge .

I'm sure they will let them keep their jobs. One could also hope for them to turn that dull BD Lounge into a proper galleries  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
My new replacement for BMI Diamond Club

Well let's hope they will last also. Otherwise it's Eurobonus Gold for me (yes SAS will match)  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
So it was time to thank the crew and disembark the aircraft and make my way to the Star Alliance lounge for some proper food

Interesting. In the past I remember you making some negative remarks about the *A Lounge, at least regarding the food offerings. The food does however look fantastic. Will be there in September, so hopefully they'll have a hot breakfast buffet for me to pig out on  

The lounge did however look quite dark and sterile at the same time, whereas the BMI Lounge looked so warm and welcoming as always. Did the *A Lounge have any views of the tarmac?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
A nice cake stand :

LOL Seems like you had a thing for cupcakes that day. But I'm sure you didn't eat too many, now when you've lost all those pounds  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Will we be Status matched to BA or another Star Alliance member?

I'm sure the other *A airlines will match BD, it has happened with all airlines who left the alliance so far (and those who went bust) so nothing to worry about. I'm sure A3 will match your card.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 25, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8394 times:

Quoting EIRules (Reply 22):

Hi Andrew thanks for the reply. End of an era .

Quoting eicvd (Reply 23):

Hey Mark thanks for the reply. You were lucky to get onto the B757 I know you didn't rate it much at the time but I always wanted to get on it but didn't.   Still I didn't do too badly with the other types especially the Midhaul Configs we got so used to at DUB.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 24):

Hey Jonas thanks for the reply.

You know I actually forgot how many BMI reports I did !

Yes I remember the tags that was the thing that turned you into a blood thirsty status guru   lol..

Their head office was very palatial for sure  
The A330s were great but they got returned apart from the current.

The Star Alliance lounge I gave out about was the one in CDG flying SK and CA to ATH. They had a power cut and were so rude . The LHR one is lovely and well stocked with yummy food.

Your right no more cupcakes for me only in moderation  

Yes we shall see . I'm LH Senator for another year anyway so no fear of being on a metal bench yet lol...


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 26, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8302 times:

Nice report Philip. Too bad for BMI. Never got to try them, even though I was very tempted to give them a shot when they used to fly to ORD. I also remember them when I was a student in the UK in the early 00's. I remember thinking how ugly their (old) logo looked like. It reminded me of an energy/gas company logo for some reason.

Also, BHD's interior seems to have changed quite a bit since the last time I was there. Your photos make it look much less of the LoCo heaven it screamed of back in the mid 00's.

It's always sad to see an airline "disappear", whether due to bankruptcy or merging. A very melancholic report. Thanks for putting it together, Philip.

WideBodyroga



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User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8278 times:

HI

Fantastic report! I really enjoyed reading it, the pictures of terminal one at Heathrow brought back memories!
Sad to hear about BD. I really wish they did succeed but, its life!

What did you think of BHD as an airport to fly out of? Would prefer BFS?

Thanks  



Dublinspotter :)
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 14
Reply 28, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8247 times:

Hello Philip, great report and tribute to BMI, loved the old photos of aircraft and timetables.

I flew BMI to BSL and NCE recently, the flight to NCE was in business and I couldn't fault it, everything was perfect and the cabin crew really went out of their way for everyone on board. It's a sad end for an airline that has so many great people working for it and had also finally sorted out its product, I love those brown leather seats and hot wraps, the Great British Lounge is fantastic as well. I hope to fly with them again this summer, just one last time.

Something that I'll also miss about BMI is seeing their advertising around London, it's everywhere! Also seeing those red horizontal stabilizers as a BD flight climbs out of LHR.

Thanks for posting.

Kevin


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 29, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8173 times:

Hi Philip,

This was a nice tribute report to BMI. Never had the pleasure of flying them myself, but I am also an armchair traveller when I can't physically travel  

The cabin views look superb, as does the lounge arrangement at BHD.

BMI seems like a nice little airline... Devoured by big bad BA.

Thank you very much for writing everything up, and the photos from the past.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 30, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7945 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 26):
Nice report Philip. Too bad for BMI. Never got to try them, even though I was very tempted to give them a shot when they used to fly to ORD. I also remember them when I was a student in the UK in the early 00's. I remember thinking how ugly their (old) logo looked like. It reminded me of an energy/gas company logo for some reason.

Hi thanks alot glad you enjoyed it . The transatlantic routes were great. They had 3 classes J/PE/Y and they offered great connections onto the UA network from MAN-IAD/ORD. Shame it went .

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 26):
Also, BHD's interior seems to have changed quite a bit since the last time I was there. Your photos make it look much less of the LoCo heaven it screamed of back in the mid 00's.

Indeed you must have been at the old terminal . It was a dump . I flew out of it many times. Were you studying in Belfast? Its a different city these days .

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 27):
Fantastic report!

Hi thanks very much  
Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 27):
What did you think of BHD as an airport to fly out of? Would prefer BFS?

For me BHD is a nicer airport and also its handier for me to get to from the Border counties. BFS is a bit far out but I go there if I need to .

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 28):
Hello Philip

Hey Kev,

Thanks for the reply and trust you are well ?

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 28):
Something that I'll also miss about BMI is seeing their advertising around London, it's everywhere! Also seeing those red horizontal stabilizers as a BD flight climbs out of LHR.

You have been busy flying around   Glad you got to do those routes they are nice places. I will miss BSL I loved that route. Maybe BA will keep it . Funny enough the first time I flew to BSL was on a Cross Air Jumbolino with a BA codeshare from LGW-BSL ! That was years ago .

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 29):
Hi Philip,

Hi there ,

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 29):
BMI seems like a nice little airline... Devoured by big bad BA.

I guess some people will view it like that but I guess the alternative was shutting it down so saving some jobs and routes is better than them all going . Still hard to beleive we wont see BMI livery anymore .


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7844 times:

Many thanks, what a wonderful read that was!

BHD could not look more impressive after a good rant at BFS = ]

Its surely is an end of an era, I remember flying BHD/BFS? [1997]-LHR when I was a child visiting Legoland! All I remember was a very tasty ham and mustard sandwich and a very friendly crew member going an extra mile to keep a travelling family accommodated.

Looking back on this report in a year or two, I'm sure some of us are wondering who will take over, the or if rebranded WW, BA or VS, or both? Of course all depending on VS short haul rumors. The next few years should no doubt be interesting, but mostly sad as BD will truly be missed.



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User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 32, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 7705 times:

Fantastic. Such an interesting history. For all of us who have been lucky enough to travel with this airline, we still have our memories!


Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 33, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 7653 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 30):
ndeed you must have been at the old terminal . It was a dump . I flew out of it many times. Were you studying in Belfast? Its a different city these days .

I think that I may have flown to/from the new terminal (it was in 2006 that I was there). It's just that I remember the interior looking very different. On the other hand, I kept no photos of my visit there so it could just be that my memory is deceiving me.

I flew to BHD on one occasion when I was a grad student in St.Andrews (Scotland). I had to get myself US visas on a regular basis and given that the US consulate in Edinburgh could not issue them I had to keep flying to London to visit the US Embassy there. Eventually I found out that the US consulate in Belfast could also issue visas and thinking that it would be easier (and faster) to get my visa there, I gave it a shot. Too bad that nowadays the US consulate in Belfast offers visas to NI residents only.



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1714 posts, RR: 30
Reply 34, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 7607 times:
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Hi Phil,

Nice tribute report. I can tell you're a happy BMI customer. I've never had the chance to fly in one of their planes, nor will I in the future (that is: under the BMI brand of course), but you gave a very nice impression of the airline. Sure there are still a lot of questions unanswered and we can only hope that BA will provide a good alternative.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The nice new BMI cabins , what will happen to them ?

Very nice cabins indeed. Will BA take their fleet?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Soon it was time to head to the gate for boarding :

To the nasty T1 tube gates...

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Dedicated to Nils and Marc . Sadly from 19th April I cant use my BMI miles on SN Brussels or any other carrier in the LH group .

Hey thanks for the dedication! No more *A for you this way unfortunately...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 35, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

Hi Phil,

nice nostalgic report, good service as always on BD.

I especially liked the history section at the beginning. It is a sad day for BD, its staff, and all travellers  

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 928 posts, RR: 3
Reply 36, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7468 times:

Hi Phil...what a wonderful tribute and TR. BD will be missed. Personally I was hoping that VS would buy them and keep their identity. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will


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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 37, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 7409 times:

Philip,

great report, and you know, I've loved bmi / BD. My favourite for years when I needed to go to London, in the times I didn't fly so much as I do now, I was always looking forward to the great service on bmi (still free service in Y, but I often flew C). Good memories, and I love their interiors too. Shame to see them go.
Would the ABZ-GRQ E135 route be kept? Or will we soon see BA taking over (maybe something for FlyBE also, who knows).

Well, my memory remains positive on my flights of BD, mostly flown their A319~A321's, also G-MIDM when it flew for ArkeFly one summer. It took me from AMS to KGS. A great flight and also my first time on ArkeFly.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 38
Reply 38, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 7340 times:

Thanks for a great trip down memory lane. I have not flown them since they had dark blue and grey 737's. I flew them quite a bit in the late 90's and remember only positive things. The old Diamond Lounge in T1 was one of my favorites at LHR. It really is sad to see them disappear.

User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 39, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7184 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
Are the BA A319's different in Club Europe than the A320's ?

Not that I'm aware of - Only reasons why i would prefer a BD A319/320 is that their cabin's look a bit more up to date and that I've already been on a BA A319 this year, where as any BD A319 would be a new reg for the log.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 40, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6901 times:

Great report, Philip! What a nice idea to highlight the company's past. BD will certainly be missed.

I have just booked a MUC-LHR-EDI in June, to be operated by LH and BD (code sharing). I'm wondering if there will be any changes.


PH



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User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 41, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6857 times:
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Nice report and historical reporting, good so see some old images of timetables.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
No one can forget the good old days and their Diamond service

- No, these were the glory days, I had some great domestic and European flights, everything kind of went down hill after this.

I'll need to find a new *A member, might look at A3 too, I need one where the miles don't expire.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 42, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6605 times:

Hello Philip,

This is how I know you. Your chance to become lifetime Gold with BMI may be lost, but you show your appreciation to the airline for serving you for 10 years and even longer by writing this tribute.

I am mostly touched by the following dedication of yours:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
The waiting game begins but I would like to close in saying a thank you to the staff of BMI . Many have left over the years through no choice of their own. The wonderful lounge staff at Glasgow and a special mention to a true lady called Lorraine who used to greet me at GLA DC Lounge. Another wonderful lady at the T1 LHR Great British Lounge called Sonia from Scotland who always went above the call of duty to assist. To the now disbanded Irish Dublin crew base who did us proud over the years . This report is dedicated to you all and for those who still work in BMI in Diamond Club and all other areas of BMI I wish you all the best for the future.

So sweet and heart-warming.  
You are rightly the best customer BMI could ever wish for!   



Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
She smiled and said why not  
Nice!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
I hope that BA will keep them on if they take over the lounge .

I hope so for them. I have read on the news that BA will lay down half of BMI personnel members.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
The nice new BMI cabins , what will happen to them ?

They have been immortalized by you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
The crew were very pleasant and everything was served with a smile though.

Their genuine friendly service made up for the disappointing meal.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
My new replacement for BMI Diamond Club  

Not surprising.   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
disembark the aircraft and make my way to the Star Alliance lounge

I have to get used to the sight of hand luggage measurement of Germanwings at LHR.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Nice Indian dish cant go wrong with that :

Or Kingfisher beer.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Soon it was time to head to the gate for boarding :

Do you not wish to get on board of that Vickers Viscount?


Thank you for sharing. I am happy to have a friend like you.  

Warm regards,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 43, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6343 times:

Hey Philip

Great report, thanks for giving a tribute about bmi. The livery will well be missed.
Nice to see you where able to log some flights as well.
Keep up the good work!


Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5577 posts, RR: 5
Reply 44, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
I would like to close in saying a thank you to the staff of BMI . Many have left over the years through no choice of their own

Amen to that. BMI's front line staff were without a doubt some of the most professional and friendly out there. They are a tribute to a great brand.

But it was sad to see the old promotional material with "The Airline for Europe" (they also used "La Compagnie Aérienne pour Europe" and "Der Fluggesellschaft von Europe" to drive home the point) - it's a shame that the airline has slipped so far from when it was the businessman's choice for short-haul flights.

My sister (now at BA) started out with British Midland, and says that she doesn't know anybody left there. Unfortunately there has been a lot of attrition over the years, especially to BA. That said, she has very fond memories of her time there and some great stories  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
saying goodbye to an old, beloved (and sometimes a little hated, too) friend

Those are the best friends of all...



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 45, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5886 times:

HI Philip.

A great report, with a nice and concise piece of history that didn't get too nostalgic.

Yes, you more than any other on this forum, are the BMI guy.

Seeing the suave seating, and the excellent lounges in LHR, it seems quite sad that despite all the effort and change the company introduced, it all sort of was wasted. May BA have honour and keep some of this investment.

Thanks Phil, and good call jumping ship to Aegean. I take it you weren't tempted by Avios?

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineODAFZ From Afghanistan, joined Jul 2004, 357 posts, RR: 5
Reply 46, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5611 times:

loved your report Philip. The image of BMA will be forever associated with leasing its B707 to Sudan AW and Syrian Arab Airlines in the seventies.
BMA was the first UK airline to introduce the DC9 10/30 in the UK registry.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 47, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

Hello Philip!

Great tribute to bmi and a great good bye report. It was also a reminder of my one (also great) flight on bmi.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

I will share some images of their product over the last number of years :

Very nice tribute. Thanks for posting, very interesting.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Soon it was time to leave the gate and make our way to the runway :

I like the IKEA!  

Martin


User currently onlineRebelDJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 48, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

Excellent report - thanks a lot!

Great staff led by poor management for decades IMHO.

Following your lead over to Aegean!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 49, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5384 times:
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Great report, Phil!

What a sad report about BMI - they seem like they really are a nice airline, and their service and cabins look very stylish and will be missed ...

Thanks for sharing! Man - I shouldn't read your reports until I've had a good meal, all your photos of the food make me so hungry!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 50, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4967 times:

Hey, Phil,

what a good idea to put this story together.
Sure the background is not that nice, but I like you´re style, you know.
Lounges looking nice this way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 51, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4790 times:

Thanks for posting! Great read as usual, and a nice tribute to BD.

Out of curiousity: how many miles does/did one normally get for flying BHD-LON?


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