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British Midland

Mon Sep 11, 2000 7:09 am

I read in tomorrows edition 9-11-00 of Financial Times that British Midland will start nonstop from Manchester, England to IAD in spring, 2001. The announcement will come in a couple of days. By British Midland annoucing this, is their motive to get an openskies between the US and UK immediately or to really build up their transatlantic service from Manchester? Comments please.
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RE: British Midland

Mon Sep 11, 2000 11:46 am

I think their long term goal is for the majority of service to operate from LHR-USA, so I think this is more of a move for open skies, or at least putting pressure to allow them to have LHR service.

However, MAN-IAD will do very well in the summer. Most Transatlantic flights from IAD in the summer are sold to capacity or oversold to the max, day after day. MAN-ORD would also be a great flight when they start it, especially when code-sharing with United.
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RE: British Midland

Mon Sep 11, 2000 1:16 pm

What about other airports in the UK other than MAN/LGW/LHR. Is there any calls for flights from such places as BHX???

RE: British Midland

Mon Sep 11, 2000 1:34 pm

Howdy Jase

Concerning flights from BHX-US.....I think that Turkmenistan Airlines has this market sown up with their flights Ashghabat-Birmingham-New York (if they haven't started as yet, they will be very soon).


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RE: British Midland

Mon Sep 11, 2000 5:11 pm

As I know BA operated the schedule BHX to JFK in
1997-98-99. With a nonstop 757
(the only passenger nonstop 757 across the atlantic
except Icelandair, but they refuel at Keflavik).
If this track is actually operated by BA, I don't know.
Let me know.

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RE: British Midland

Mon Sep 11, 2000 6:30 pm

It wasn't the only non stop 757 across the Atlantic. There was a Glasgow - JFK as well but this was pulled by BA as was the BHX-JFK.

And Continental still operate daily GLA-EWR with a 757 as wella s a few charter carriers eg Air Transat