ACdreamliner
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BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:51 am

So, I have said on here before that I like BMI baby. They are a good no frills airline. Nice service, good fares and as far as my experiance goes always on time or ahead of plan!

However, there is one small spanner in the works. While they are the airline with the baby fares. They are the airline with the pensioner aircraft!

At some point they will need to upgrade. FR have almost wiped their 737-200A's now (7 left i think), and easyJet is well on its way to a 737-700/A319 fleet. While WW seems happy with its old 737-300's and -500's. Where do they go from here?

In my opinion, i'd like to see them have a fleet of 737-600's. but i know there are too many operational costs linked which would make the 737-700 the choice, or would they be best to go for airbus, so they have fleet communality with BMI?

Let me know your thoughts:


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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:56 am

Bmi and Bmibaby need to sort out their whole business strategy before they go buying new aircraft. Those 737's will fly for baby for a long time to come, a refurbished interior is all that is needed really.

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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:58 am

It depends if they can justify the costs associated with new aircraft.

As far as I am aware, and correct me if I am wrong, but these aircraft have been brought and paid for and were transfered from BMI?

If that is the case, they have one less cost to worry about, which allows them to keep the flight costs lower for the passenger. Otherwise they would have to arrange for leasing or loans which would take further money off of the profit for the flight.

It is the same reason that Northwest keep all those old birds in the sky. The slightly higher fuel costs is offset by the fact they are not paying anything for the plane.
 
ACdreamliner
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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:04 am

sorry to correct you, but you are wrong! lol

Most of the WW fleet is leased, from GE i understand. The new G-TOYx fleet are even older than the old ones. brought in for even lower leasing costs. I think the A32x will be the way forward under the BMI brand...
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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:12 am

I know that the WW B737-300's are very well looked after. They honestly don't look that old.

As for the easyJet B737-300's, i will be going to Belfast on one this Thursday. My dad has flown on an easyJet one before, and he said he thought it was one of their A319's he was on. (He doesn't know all that much about aircraft. He once asked me if a B737 was a Jumbo so...)

Anyway, as i was getting at. The B737-300 must be a good aircraft if my dad thought it was new.

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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:29 am

Quoting ACdreamliner (Reply 3):
Most of the WW fleet is leased, from GE i understand. The new G-TOYx fleet are even older than the old ones. brought in for even lower leasing costs.

I presumed the 733/735's were from BMI only because they used to operate them.

Well then. BMI Baby is erternally dammed then!! lol.
 
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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:15 am

some of the 500s are ex bmi with even older sas interiors!
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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:41 am

Quoting ACdreamliner (Thread starter):
In my opinion, i'd like to see them have a fleet of 737-600's. but i know there are too many operational costs linked which would make the 737-700 the choice, or would they be best to go for airbus, so they have fleet communality with BMI?

WW should have a fleet of A318's. That will to the job.

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RE: BMI Baby - The Airline With The Tiny Fares, But...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:04 am

... and tiny number of routes if you happen to be in FAO. We used to have fine 2x weekly service as BD, then they handed the route to WW (never did know if WW stood for "Welsh Wonder" - Tony Davis) who launched daily EMA FAO and 4x weekly CWL FAO in October. Davis obviously hadn't done his homework - things go mighty quiet in the Algarve in October, do daily became Saturdays only and CWL FAO got dropped. They effectively handed the EMA FAO route over to EZY.
Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.