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Basel To London In C: Watching An Airline Vanish  
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8508 times:

In April 2012 British Airways successfully completed the purchase of BMI, which until then had belonged to the Lufthansa group. Life was tough for BMI and at the time of the take-over by British Airways, the company is alleged to have been loosing as much as £3 million a week.

But irrespective of their financial performance, I have always had very pleasant experiences with BMI, both in Economy and in Business Class. Some of you may perhaps recall my speed dining experience with them. And in a way, in hindsight, that too was kind of fun. You can find that report here:
Speed Dining With BMI (by knightsofmalta Oct 26 2011 in Trip Reports)

And so it came that I decided to make one last trip with BMI, to bid my farewell before the company vanished completely within the mighty British Airways. Little did I know that by the time I would undertake this trip at the beginning of July 2012, only few traces of the old BMI remained.

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It’s Saturday morning. It’s been a week since I headed to Provence on Air France in search of the famous lavender fields. This week I’m off to London, my favourite city on the planet, with BMI/British Airways.

Date: 07. July 2012
From: Basel
To: London
Aircraft: A319
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 4F


The Lounge
The lounge is empty as usual. I expect they’ll be serving a hot breakfast on the plane, so I just have a cup of coffee and one bun to wake me up.

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In contrast to the lounge, the apron is a hive of activity. The Adria A319 is heading to Pristina on an ethnic charter. In the background is our resident tragedy, an unused private A340-600. Not sure all the rain we’ve had here recently is doing it any good.

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KLM to Amsterdam.

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Air France to CDG.

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Air France to ORY.

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Not sure where this one was heading, but I like the picture.

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Departure
When the time comes, I leave the comfort of the lounge and head for the non-Schengen gates. I go through passport control and from there to the gate. I’m surprised to find the aircraft standing there is wearing full British Airways colours. I can’t make out the registration so I’m not sure if this is an old, repainted BMI bird or if the flight is being operated by the ‘real’ British Airways.

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SWISS heading for London City.

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The Cabin
I am the last to step aboard. This is definitely an old BMI bird. Not that you’d notice to look at her. The brown leather seat covers have been replaced by blue ones.

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The only thing that betrays the aircraft’s heritage is the brown curtain to the galley and the brown cabin divider. Apart from that, everything is now British Airways branded – or so I thought. The purser is busy regulating the lights using the screen up front above the jump seat. I am watching him out of pure interest. Once he finishes, he turns the screen off, or rather the screen saver comes on, and there it is: the only BMI title left on the entire plane!

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SWISS to Barcelona. This one was scary to watch take-off ahead of us. I thought it would never get off the ground.

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I spot this here on the way to the runway.

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Take off is to the south. Once we’re airborne, we do a sharp right hand turn to point us in the direction of Paris.

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The newish Jet aviation facility.

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Service
Service begins with the distribution of hot towels.

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This is followed by a hot meal, a full English breakfast. And very tasty it is. It comes with a strawberry and banana smoothie, warm bread, and tea or coffee.

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And very shortly after that, the descent begins.

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Arrival
We’re early, so we are asked to go into a holding pattern south of London. If I’m not mistaken we circle over Biggin Hill, complete one circuit before being sequenced for an approach onto 09L.

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T5 comes into view...

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...followed by T3.

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As I disembark, I thank the crew for the great service and make my way to arrivals and then from there to the Heathrow Express.

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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8500 times:

Here are a few images of London and the city gets into Olympic mode.

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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8441 times:

Date: 08. July 2012
From: London Heathrow Terminal 1
To: Basel
Aircraft: A319
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 1F, then moved to 1A


After a great weekend in London, it's time to head home. I do some last minute food shopping at Marks and Spencer at Paddington Station, from where I catch the Heathrow Express.

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At the Airport - The Lounge
I arrive back in Heathrow about 90 minutes before departure. I head through the security fast track and then from there straight to the ‘Great British Lounge’. More traces of the old BMI remain here. The staff are all still wearing the BMI uniform and the food selection is still the same as it used to be when it was the BMI lounge.

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The view, as ever, is priceless.

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Jay, a BMI plane...

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The Aircraft
Boarding is from gate 2, very close to the lounge. As I arrive I am delighted to find the aircraft carrying me home today is carrying the British Airway dove special Olympic livery. How cool is that. As on the flight the previous day, this too is an old BMI aircraft. The curtain to the galley has already been replaced with the regular British Airways blue one. The curtain separating Business from Economy Class is still a mix of BMI and British Airways.

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Departure
The queue for departure from 27R is quite long this evening. Even so, our wait is not too long. As I’m sitting on the left side, I get some good views of Terminals 3 and 5.

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The colours are even on the wing and cowling!

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Service
The hot towel service on this flight is done on the ground, while the aircraft is still at the gate.

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After take-off, we, there are three passengers in Business Class, are served a light and tasty meal.

Chicken in a Tikka Masala marinade with a mango chutney, tsatsiki, soft cheese, salad and flat bread. The meal is served with warm bread from a basket and is quite tasty. My only grippe really is that there’s no sweet thing to finish off the meal. Other than that though, it’s a nice meal and perfectly adequate for the time of day.

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Reaching France.

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And then, very soon after the meal, we’re descending towards Basel again. As we turn onto the approach, our shadow becomes visible and it is quite interesting to watch it steadily grow larger as we near the ground.

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The Peugeot factory.
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This brings to an end my last trip with BMI. I must confess I am a bit disappointed that the integration into British Airways is already so far advanced. I feel as though I did not really have the chance to say goodbye. And so I will do that here, in the hope that perhaps some of the employees of BMI may see it:

Thank you for your service through the years. I wish you all the best for the future.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8208 times:

Nice report William...interesting to see how quickly they are incorporating BD

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Once he finishes, he turns the screen off, or rather the screen saver comes on, and there it is: the only BMI title left on the entire plane!

Shame to see the BD livery dissapearing

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As I arrive I am delighted to find the aircraft carrying me home today is carrying the British Airway dove special Olympic livery. How cool is that.

Very cool, although I'm not of fan of that "thing"! Is there any sign of the Olympic theme inside?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Chicken in a Tikka Masala marinade with a mango chutney, tsatsiki, soft cheese, salad and flat bread. The meal is served with warm bread from a basket and is quite tasty. My only grippe really is that there’s no sweet thing to finish off the meal. Other than that though, it’s a nice meal and perfectly adequate for the time of day.

Looks tasty, although the lack of dessert is a dissapointment



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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8099 times:

Thanks for the report!

I am completely caught off guard how all the catering is already BA standard and even all the dishes are BA Club Europe offering. Your outbound bird is G-DBCH, which is an ex-bmi aircraft. They really speed up the repainting process. It is clear that BA wants to erase BD from its history ASAP.

I am glad that I took one of the old brown headrest covers home from my last flight at BD. It feels strange that everything has changed by late June and early July.

Thanks,
Carfield


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8012 times:

Another one??!  

How weird, I was in T1 this afternoon, we might have passed each other...you could have shown me your knees in person!  I even saw your plane taxiing.

I'll miss BMI, they were a big part of the LHR scene when I first got interested in aviation, with their DC9s, Viscounts, F27s etc. It won't be the same without them.

Thanks for the report.

Andy.



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7776 times:
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Really nice report! I wish I could jet off to London for a weekend with as much ease from MSP!

Club Europe looks as usual, very nice, and food always is of a good standard.

Great photos around London - I was there for the entire month of Jan 2008, and had a wonderful time.

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1710 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7330 times:
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Hello William,

Nice ‘BMI tribute’ report. While it’s always sad to see an airline disappear, I feel BMI’s spirit will live on through the likes of BA. I hope BA wears the BMI brand with pride  

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
KLM to Amsterdam
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Air France to CDG.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Air France to ORY.

Iirc these are all routes you have flown, no? But then again: you probably have already flown every single route ex-BSL...?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
the only BMI title left on the entire plane!

Ha ha, you seem to have a sixth sense for these things.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is followed by a hot meal, a full English breakfast.

Mmm, looks yummy. No speed dining today it seems!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The view, as ever, is priceless.

Say that again, what a marvelous collection of heavy materials!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
How cool is that.

That is way beyond cool. I’m such a fan of this nice and inspiring livery.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Thank you for your service through the years. I wish you all the best for the future.

Can’t say a thing about the service - no BMI flights in the log for me - but I do wish them as well all the best.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinetrentside From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6893 times:

A really interesting report Knightsofmalta.

I'm another person who is amazed to see the speed with which BMI are being integrated into British Airways. Such a shame to see the BMI brand disappearing, as I've always thought it was attractive.

I've never used BMI mainline myself, but the onboard product you were offered looks great.

Cheers, Trentside


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

Hi Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Nice report William...interesting to see how quickly they are incorporating BD

Strangely enough, the only thing they are not going to change in a hurry is the schedules. From what I understand they will only start merging flights with the winter schedule, which seems rather odd as it means that small airports like Basel have suddenly ended up with four daily A319 flights to Heathrow!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Shame to see the BD livery dissapearing

Absolutely. I always like the BMI livery, very classy.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Very cool, although I'm not of fan of that "thing"! Is there any sign of the Olympic theme inside?

Inside there's nothing to link the aircraft to the Olympics. Also, when you're actually sitting inside the plane it looks more like the livery is chipping of. It's kind of strange.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Looks tasty, although the lack of dessert is a dissapointment

Seems to be standard with BA though. I got a dessert last time in Business Class when it was still BMI.


Hi Carfield

Quoting Carfield (Reply 4):
I am completely caught off guard how all the catering is already BA standard and even all the dishes are BA Club Europe offering. Your outbound bird is G-DBCH, which is an ex-bmi aircraft. They really speed up the repainting process. It is clear that BA wants to erase BD from its history ASAP.

I must say, I was really quite surprised by this as well. It's as though they never existed.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 4):
I am glad that I took one of the old brown headrest covers home from my last flight at BD. It feels strange that everything has changed by late June and early July.

Carfield, you fiend! You pinched a headrest cover?


Hi Andy

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 5):
Another one??!

Yes, is that a problem for you?  
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 5):
How weird, I was in T1 this afternoon, we might have passed each other...

That begs two questions: where were you off to, and where's the trip report?

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 5):
I'll miss BMI, they were a big part of the LHR scene when I first got interested in aviation, with their DC9s, Viscounts, F27s etc. It won't be the same without them.

My first trip with them was many years ago when they still flew to Zurich with the B737-500 and still offered a hot meal breakfast in Economy!

Hi Matthew

Quoting 767747 (Reply 6):
I wish I could jet off to London for a weekend with as much ease from MSP!

That's really one of the best things about living in Switzerland. You have great cities like London, Paris, Vienna or Rome all more or less within a 90 minutes radius. In contrast the US is just so vast.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 6):
Club Europe looks as usual, very nice, and food always is of a good standard.

The quality of the food was good. But to be honest I think BMI catering was better.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 6):
Great photos around London - I was there for the entire month of Jan 2008, and had a wonderful time.

I can imagine, wouldn't mind spending a longer period in London. Although, having said that, the place is quite tiring.


Hi Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
While it’s always sad to see an airline disappear, I feel BMI’s spirit will live on through the likes of BA. I hope BA wears the BMI brand with pride

I wouldn't hold my breath. As Carfield posted above, they can't seem to get rid of the BMI brand fast enough at BA!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Iirc these are all routes you have flown, no? But then again: you probably have already flown every single route ex-BSL...?

Not quite. But that might be an interesting project....

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Ha ha, you seem to have a sixth sense for these things.

It was funny. Among all the Ba branding it took me quite by surprise when suddenly the old BMI logo appeared.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Mmm, looks yummy. No speed dining today it seems!

Nah, not on this flight. Service was still very personalised. But without a hot meal and with only three passengers things tend to be more efficient.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Say that again, what a marvelous collection of heavy materials!

I took many more photos. I just figured I couldn't upload them all or I'd never finish posting!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
I’m such a fan of this nice and inspiring livery.

There are quite a few ex-BMI birds flying around with this livery right now actually. And Basel gets them regularly.

Hi Trentside

Quoting trentside (Reply 8):
I'm another person who is amazed to see the speed with which BMI are being integrated into British Airways. Such a shame to see the BMI brand disappearing, as I've always thought it was attractive.

Yeah, it is a pity. I quite like BA, don't get me wrong, but BMI always were a bit more stylish in their branding, I think.

Quoting trentside (Reply 8):
I've never used BMI mainline myself, but the onboard product you were offered looks great.

That was already the BA product. The last time I was on that flight when it was still BMI, I still got a hot meal.

Well, thank for all the comments. Much appreciated!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6423 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 9):
That begs two questions: where were you off to, and where's the t

I wasn't off to anywhere, I was killing a wasted Sunday afternoon by just hanging out at the airport. Something that held a lot of excitement for me many moons ago, but yesterday had me wishing that I'd stayed at home in front of the TV instead of looking round bland terminals 1 and 3 and spending stupid money in Cafe Rouge on an omlette and a banana crepe! Trust me, no trip report will be forthcoming!  



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User currently offlinebwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6169 times:

Although the aircraft was ex-bmi - this was a completely BA service, operated by BA flight and cabin crew. As each bmi aircraft is repainted, they move over to BA's operating certificate. Around 100 or so bmi cabin crew are now flying as part of BA's Eurofleet or going through training. As of 7th July, all remaining bmi shorthaul services (although operating with BA flight numbers) have moved to BA catering with single cabin service on domestics and EuroTraveller /Club Europe to DUB. Repainted bmi A319s are still operating out of Terminal 1 as they are bulk loaded rather than using containers which is standard at T5.

User currently offlineedina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 745 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6075 times:

Quoting bwaflyer (Reply 11):

You beat me to it Bwaflyer!  

I've not worked with any of my new exBMI colleagues yet on Eurofleet, but, along with the rest of my EF colleagues, I'm looking forward to some fresh blood & new faces! It's a daunting change & wish all ex BMI cabin crew the best, whatever they choose.



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User currently offlinebwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5992 times:

Quoting edina (Reply 12):
I've not worked with any of my new exBMI colleagues yet on Eurofleet, but, along with the rest of my EF colleagues, I'm looking forward to some fresh blood & new faces! It's a daunting change & wish all ex BMI cabin crew the best, whatever they choose.

See you in about 4 weeks!


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5878 times:

Hi BAViscount

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 10):
I wasn't off to anywhere, I was killing a wasted Sunday afternoon by just hanging out at the airport. Something that held a lot of excitement for me many moons ago, but yesterday had me wishing that I'd stayed at home in front of the TV instead of looking round bland terminals 1 and 3 and spending stupid money in Cafe Rouge on an omlette and a banana crepe! Trust me, no trip report will be forthcoming!

Life is just full of disappointments. Besides, time you spend at an airport like Heathrow can't possibly be wasted. All those nice shiny planes everywhere.

Hi bwaflyer, edina

Thanks to you both for taking the time to comment on the report and for the clarification. Just to be sure, I did not mean to criticise British Airways for the speed at which BMI is being integrated into the company. To be honest I think I am simply surprised and impressed by the speed at which the integration is proceeding. And it is kind of sad to see an airline with a long history disappear.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1457 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5723 times:

Hi William,

You have been busy in the last few weeks, haven't you?

Nice idea to take a final flight on BMI, even if it didn't quite work out as you'd hoped. I'm surprised that BA have been so swift in all the rebranding though.

Really enjoyed your pictures of London, great to see the Union Jack out in force. You also took some great ones at LHR of those queues of planes waiting to take off.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
the only BMI title left on the entire plane!

And I wouldn't mind betting you were the only person on the aircraft who noticed that.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I do some last minute food shopping at Marks and Spencer at Paddington Station

An excellent decision!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As we turn onto the approach, our shadow becomes visible and it is quite interesting to watch it steadily grow larger as we near the ground.

I remember taking a very similar set of photos once, also on a summer's evening on approach into BSL.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I feel as though I did not really have the chance to say goodbye. And so I will do that here, in the hope that perhaps some of the employees of BMI may see it:
Thank you for your service through the years. I wish you all the best for the future.

How very sweet of you.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5561 times:

Hi William

Nice report, glad you where able to catch BD before they vanished completely.
Nice to still see some ex-BD stuff around, too bad the blue colors have vanished completely.
Great LHR spotting pics.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

Hi Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
You have been busy in the last few weeks, haven't you?

What makes you say that?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Really enjoyed your pictures of London, great to see the Union Jack out in force. You also took some great ones at LHR of those queues of planes waiting to take off.

Yep, there's really no place like London. Somehow there's something about the place.... As for the pictures I took at LHR, I was just experimenting with my camera, but some of the shots turned out rather well.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
And I wouldn't mind betting you were the only person on the aircraft who noticed that.

Probably, there was another guy sitting on the aisle up front who could have seen it from the angle he was sitting. But he was just weird and just sat there staring into space.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
An excellent decision!

Only problem is, by that time they'd run out of Devon scones. The only had those with the sultanas, which I don't like.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
I remember taking a very similar set of photos once, also on a summer's evening on approach into BSL.

I just think it's a cool approach. You're flying over French territory to an airport serving Switzerland while looking out across the Rhine into Germany.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
How very sweet of you.

I blush before you!

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Nice report,

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Nice to still see some ex-BD stuff around, too bad the blue colors have vanished completely.

There still were a few planes in the old livery, but only a handful.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Great LHR spotting pics.

Thanks, that lounge offers some seriously excellent views. I just hope BA will keep it open.

Hannah, Marc, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4936 times:
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Hi William,

Another great report, you sure are flying a lot lately haha   Anyway, a great way to say "goodbye" too BMI, too bad you weren't able to catch their livery anymore. Nice pictures of London too!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
In the background is our resident tragedy, an unused private A340-600.

See that on every one of your BSL reports, such a sad sight

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is followed by a hot meal, a full English breakfast

Looks good!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The view, as ever, is priceless

Great spotting pics

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As I arrive I am delighted to find the aircraft carrying me home today is carrying the British Airway dove special Olympic livery

wow, that is nice!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The colours are even on the wing and cowling!

I hadn't seen/realized that, very cool

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Chicken in a Tikka Masala marinade with a mango chutney, tsatsiki, soft cheese, salad and flat bread

Looks delicious

Looking forward to your next report

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4855 times:

Hi William!

Nice report and nice to see that you did a goodbye trip with BD, just a shame that none of the aircraft had a BD livery.
The service looked nice though as usual and the Great British lounge seemed as nice as ever.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):

But irrespective of their financial performance, I have always had very pleasant experiences with BMI,

I can say the same thing after my sole flight with them.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is definitely an old BMI bird. Not that you’d notice to look at her. The brown leather seat covers have been replaced by blue ones.

A little sad to see so much BA branding on and in it. I loved the bmi brand.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The view, as ever, is priceless.

If one is close to a window at Heathrow one is bound to have a great view! 
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Boarding is from gate 2, very close to the lounge. As I arrive I am delighted to find the aircraft carrying me home today is carrying the British Airway dove special Olympic livery. How cool is that. As on the flight the previous day, this too is an old BMI aircraft.

Nice to at least fly the Olympic Dove plane. I didn't know it was on an old BD bird.

Martin


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4797 times:

Hi Brendan, hi Martin

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Another great report, you sure are flying a lot lately haha
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Nice report and nice to see that you did a goodbye trip with BD, just a shame that none of the aircraft had a BD livery.

Thanks. Yeah, I've been rather busy lately. Off again on Tuesday. But then from the week after things will start to calm down again - I hope.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Anyway, a great way to say "goodbye" too BMI, too bad you weren't able to catch their livery anymore.

Still, it was enough to be sitting in an ex-BMI aircraft, so not too bad.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
See that on every one of your BSL reports, such a sad sight

That's precisely my point. That bird belongs in the air!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
I hadn't seen/realized that, very cool

Strangely enough, You can only really see it from very close up, or if you're sitting in the aircraft. But then it looks kind of strange, because you lack a kind of overall image.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Looking forward to your next report

I'll do my best!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
I can say the same thing after my sole flight with them.

Which is kind of tragic. Ideally, if you're good at something you should be successful at it as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
A little sad to see so much BA branding on and in it. I loved the bmi brand.

And they were so different. I found the BMI brand always a lot fresher and more modern than the BA one. Having said that, the BA brand is a very classic style which has its own advantages.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
If one is close to a window at Heathrow one is bound to have a great view!

How very true. They probably get more widebodies in one day than we get in Zurich in a whole week!

Thanks for posting, Brendan, Martin!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4497 times:

Hi William,

very nice report with good pictures! You were really lucky to get G-DBCB - I saw that one at LHR some weeks ago and would have loved to fly on it. I got G-DBCJ in bmi colors on the LHR-EDI sector. Well, I could say goodbye to the "real" bmi, but I'd have preferred G-DBCB.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The brown leather seat covers have been replaced by blue ones.

That's too bad, I liked the BD interior.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
he colours are even on the wing and cowling!

Very cool. Many people don't like that scheme, but I do.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4476 times:

Nice report, things are really advancing! I don't know why they fail to offer even a token chocolate on those trays, it's my only gripe on shorter CE sectors, I thought they used to.


Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

Nice report. Sad to see BMI go wish VS had put up a better offer.

User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Hi Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
very nice report with good pictures!

Thank you!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
You were really lucky to get G-DBCB - I saw that one at LHR some weeks ago and would have loved to fly on it.

That really was quite unexpected. Moreover, I always thought it was only the BA birds that had received the special Olympics livery.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
That's too bad, I liked the BD interior.

So did I. I always thought it looked very fresh.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Very cool. Many people don't like that scheme, but I do.

It's okay. But I must say it really only works from a distance. Up close it looks strange.

Hi A340600

Quoting A340600 (Reply 22):
Nice report, things are really advancing!

Thanks. Indeed they are quite rapidly.

Quoting A340600 (Reply 22):
I don't know why they fail to offer even a token chocolate on those trays, it's my only gripe on shorter CE sectors, I thought they used to.

It's the same with me. It doesn't have to be a full dessert items or so, but a small chocolate at the end of a meal would be great and surely won't break the bank.

Hi Beeweel15

Quoting beeweel15 (Reply 23):
Nice report.

Thanks.

Quoting beeweel15 (Reply 23):
Sad to see BMI go wish VS had put up a better offer.

I think that's what many people thought at the time. To be honest, I have my doubts whether VS were ever really interested in BMI at all.

Thanks for taking the time to comment gents, it's much appreciated.

Cheers,
William


25 jwhite9185 : Great little report there. As others have said its surprising to see so much integrations so quickly, especially considering there was hardly any on m
26 Knightsofmalta : Hi James Thanks! Actually, the whole thing becomes more and more interesting as it progresses. Yesterday I was on a flight of the 'real' BA from Basel
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