hammerb32
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BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:34 am

Thought I would start a thread for any BHX updates:

New Services Confirmed

Aerosvit to Kiev 2 x weekly commenced
SkyEurope to Krakow 2 x weekly from April 06
Monarch Scheduled to Almeria, Murcia and Mahon from Summer 06
FlyJet to Amritsar (via Baku) 1 x weekly - commenced
United European to Amritsar (via Bucharest) - awaiting start date
Adria Airways to Ljubljana 1 x weekly from 17th May
Thomsonfly to Palma 7 x weekly from summer 06

Confirmed Upgrades

Emirates lunchtime rotation to go to 777-300ER from July 06 - Oct 06, evening rotation to remain A330-200
Mahan Air upgraded from A320 to A310 on 2 x weekly service to Tehran
Monarch Scheduled Malaga service expanding to 12 x weekly from summer 06

Strong Rumours

Aer Lingus to Cork from Summer 06
Air India to Amritsar to expand from 3 to 6 x weekly pending aircraft availability
Air India to Toronto to expand from 3 to 6 x weekly pending aircraft availability
Germanwings to Berlin from Summer 06
Jet Airways to Amritsar 3 x weekly
PIA to Islammabad to go 7 x weekly from current 4 x weekly

Misc News

Saudia are flying various Hadj charters to/from Medina with 747-400s throughout late December and again in late Jan
FlyBE to base new Embraer 195's from summer 06

Bad News Section

Continental to reduce frequancy on EWR service from 14 to 10 x weekly
BA Citiexpress dropping Rome and Vienna
Due to Boeing strikes Emirates are using an A330-200 instead of B777-200 from Jan 06 on the lunchtime rotation

Infastructure

New remote parking area under construction next to T2
Extension to T1 under construction to expand general facilities
Masterplan unveiled - headlines are:
400m Extension to existing runway to be in place for 2012
2nd reasonably short runway (not planned until 2020 at earliest)
3rd Terminal building next to T2 - no proposed dates that I'm aware of
'Metro' tram interchange at Bham International railway station

Consultation has begun and will run until the end of March 06 when the airport plan to begin work on the planning applications.


Please feel free to add anything I may have missed
 
bhxforever
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:21 am

Aer Lingus to Cork is already confirmed.

Doubt you will see Germanwings to Berlin, they are dropping the route to CGN already.

Alex
 
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:09 pm

I am amazed at the strength of Amritsar (looks like 8 a week) . I hope they promote the YYZ service and One of my wish lists is YYC/YVR . It used to run with a Monarch 720 in the early days!!
 
hammerb32
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:11 am

BHXForever,

Not heard anything but positive noises from Germanwings, where have you heard Cologne is going, last I heard it was near full on each route ?
 
hammerb32
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:24 am

RDWooty,

Bear in mind the propsed new routes to Amritsar are in addition to the 12 x weekly currently operated by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Slovakian bia their respective home bases and the 3 direct weekly flights flown by Air India. A very strong and lucrative market...
 
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:58 am

Great post btw

Quoting Hammerb32 (Thread starter):
Emirates lunchtime rotation to go to 777-300ER from July 06 - Oct 06, evening rotation to remain A330-200

When will EK change the a/c to the 77W?
So this means BHX will receive F class on board the 77W's, or will EK use the two class 77W?

Quoting Hammerb32 (Thread starter):
FlyBE to base new Embraer 195's from summer 06

How many 195's will Flybe base at BHX?

Quoting Hammerb32 (Thread starter):
PIA to Islammabad to go 7 x weekly from current 4 x weekly

I would like to see PIA bring the 772 to BHX, how are the loads?

Any more input in Jet services, I heard they wanted to fly the exact same route as AI (without the YYZ addon)? I would like to see them link up Mumbai (BOM) with BHX!

Any more idea on the possible introduction of either Gulf Air (Gulf Traveller), Etihad or Qatar Airways into BHX?

BHX needs another middle eastern carrier, it seems EK is doin very well!

Rob!

[Edited 2005-12-17 17:59:57]
 
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:51 am

Quoting Hammerb32 (Thread starter):
Emirates lunchtime rotation to go to 777-300ER from July 06 - Oct 06, evening rotation to remain A330-200

That's interesting, I am due to travel on EK 39 DXB-BHX on 11/08/06 and the schedules are saying its a two class 772. So who's right? Be fanatastic to fly a 773 ER

I look forward to hear your responce.

With Regards,
Alex.B
 
B742
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:05 am

Quoting SQNo1 (Reply 6):
That's interesting, I am due to travel on EK 39 DXB-BHX on 11/08/06 and the schedules are saying its a two class 772.

EK havn't released their schedules from March and onwards in 2006 yet, so most likely Hammerb32 is right  Smile

I'm looking forward to the new EK 2006 schedules  Smile

Rob!  wave 
 
hammerb32
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:30 am

B742

PIAs loads from BHX are doing very well, it is my understanding though that the A310s will remain in the near future but with more services.

Not sure on the exact numbers of E195s that will be BHX based, they're replacing the 146s so I'm guessing ultimately around 8, will post back if I hear any timescales.

As for EK, it all should be confirmed by the airline very soon.
 
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:47 am

I think a BHX-DEL would do well too.
Boston, USA
 
bhxforever
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:06 am

Cloud4000, AI already fly BHX-DEL with 772s.
 
cloud4000
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:41 am

Quoting Bhxforever (Reply 10):
Cloud4000, AI already fly BHX-DEL with 772s.

I should have been written more clearly: I think a non-stop BHX-DEL would do well too.

The route AI flies goes via Armistar.
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Horus
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:51 am

Question...anyone know the planned programme for BHX-Egypt flights for summer 06 and winter 06/07?

Thanks in advance

Horus
EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
 
bhxforever
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:55 am

S06

SSH

TUE 1100-2305 KM4210 A320
THU 0900-2055 FCA206 B757
THU 1000-2150 TOM3447 B767
SUN 1555-0405 MYT527 A320

LXR

MON 1200-2355 ????????? ????
WED 1220-0020 TOM3065 B767
 
Horus
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Thu Dec 22, 2005 5:01 am

Thanks Bhxforever. Great to see Britannia Airways/Thomson/Thomsonfly using their B767s from BHX to Egypt. I'm surprised they're using a B767 on the route to Luxor though considering this is the summer season (temperatures easily reach 50°C). I am surprised at the lack of services to TCP and HRG.

Horus
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bhxforever
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:20 am

Horus,

There were plans for a Taba and Hurghada service but these were dropped recently. I cant remember the reason, but im pretty sure it wasnt because of poor bookings.
 
Horus
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Fri Dec 23, 2005 4:58 am

Bhxforever, yeah I was sure I had heard about a BHX-TCP route but kind of doubted myself. It would be interesting to hear why HRG/TCP plans were cancelled...

Horus
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GLAGAZ
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Fri Dec 23, 2005 5:20 am

Aer Lingus to ORK is confirmed. Seems to be 3x weekly. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Gaz

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hammerb32
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Fri Dec 23, 2005 7:15 pm

Also although news from a while ago, LH are increasing services to Dusseldorf with an extra daily flight each weekday.

Cloud4000

BHX - Delhi would do very nice indeed as would Mumbai I suspect, equally I think Toronto and Vancouver have bags of potential from BHX.
 
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:13 pm

what are the chances of more long haul metal birmimgham ??
 
hammerb32
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RE: BHX (Birmingham UK) News

Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:01 am

BHXDTW

I would say more services to India is when rather than if by either AI or Jet, outside of that I see nothing on the horizon, although another Mid East or North American service is always a possibility.

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