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Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:43 am

The deal has gone through, BA has an integration page http://www.britishairways.com/travel...-information-news-hub/public/en_gb which will get updated as and when.

Also http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/04/20/us-iag-idUKBRE83J08G20120420

[Edited 2012-04-20 02:53:32]
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:50 am

Yes and some good news for BMI DC members :


 
 

Dear xxxxxxx

I'm writing to advise you of some important changes to the Diamond Club programme following the sale of bmi to IAG, the owner of British Airways, on 20 April 2012.

As a result, there are some key changes to your Diamond Club membership, which I would like to outline below, which also includes an invitation from British Airways.

Announcement of bmi's exit from Star Alliance
A new partnership with British Airways
Business as usual for Diamond Club
1.    bmi's exit from Star Alliance

I'd firstly like to advise that from 20 April bmi will no longer be a member of Star Alliance.

However, you will still be able to enjoy the following Star Alliance benefits associated with your membership tier level until 31 May 2012.

You will continue to earn membership status miles and earn and spend destinations miles on bmi and Star Alliance carriers (excluding Lufthansa Group airlines) until 31 May 2012
For all Star Alliance carriers you will also be able to take advantage of your bmi and Star Alliance status benefits, including lounge access, priority check-in and priority boarding until 31 May 2012
From 1 June 2012 any benefits associated with your tier membership and the ability to earn status miles and earn and spend destinations miles on Star Alliance airlines will end
Star Alliance award bookings made before 31 May 2012 will be honoured
For further information including changes to award bookings, retrospective claims and award flight bookings please visit flybmi.com

2.    A new partnership with British Airways

We're pleased to announce that Diamond Club members will benefit from a new partnership with British Airways from 20 April 2012.

All members will be able to earn destinations miles on BA, for flights taken from 20 April 2012, and we will shortly introduce the option to spend your destinations miles on BA award flights
From today, Diamond Club Gold and Silver members will be able to access the British Airways lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick, when flying with bmi or British Airways - please present your Diamond Club Gold or Silver card on arrival to gain access
As part of the transition of bmi into British Airways, from 1 May 2012 British Airways is inviting you, as a Diamond Club member, to also join the Executive Club at your equivalent tier status level. Diamond Club Gold customers will be invited to become Gold members of the Executive Club and Silver members to become Silver, which will be in addition to your Diamond Club membership. Further details will follow shortly.

You will also be able to transfer your destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points at a rate of 1:1. British Airways will also be offering Executive Club customers the ability to transfer from Executive Club Avios points into destinations miles at a rate of 1:1. For example 100 destinations miles could be transferred into 100 Avios points and vice versa.

We are creating an online tool that will allow Diamond Club and Executive Club customers to undertake transfers, which will be available from 3 July 2012. We will contact you nearer that date to explain how the tool will work and how to access it.

3.    Business as usual for Diamond Club

Although today we are announcing a number of changes to the programme, we would like to assure you that it is business as usual for Diamond Club, including members who have a bmi Credit Card Account with MBNA.

We very much appreciate your loyalty to bmi and hope that you continue to enjoy the benefits of Diamond Club membership.

For more information on the changes please visit flybmi.com

We look forward to welcoming you

 
   
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:51 am

Interesting that it states the customers of BMI Baby are to check etc. as usual. Do IAG now own them too?
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:10 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
You will continue to earn membership status miles and earn and spend destinations miles on bmi and Star Alliance carriers (excluding Lufthansa Group airlines) until 31 May 2012

This is nothing short of a disgrace.

I know of two people who booked with BD to travel in June because BD were part of *A. They booked before IAG took BD over. The principle reason they booked to fly with BD rather than BD was they got 20kg additional luggage allowance for being *G. Now they have to pay GBP15 for an additional bag and GBP10/kg for 20kg = GBP215.

If BD are continuing to operate as BMI until October, then it is only fair that *G benefits were continued to be recognised until then since a lot of people do in fact book more than 5 weeks out. Such a short lead is totally unreasonable.
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:16 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
I know of two people who booked with BD to travel in June because BD were part of *A. They booked before IAG took BD over. The principle reason they booked to fly with BD rather than BD was they got 20kg additional luggage allowance for being *G. Now they have to pay GBP15 for an additional bag and GBP10/kg for 20kg = GBP215

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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:16 am

What happened to Virgin's appeal, it seems to have sunk without trace ?

Quoting sbworcs (Reply 2):
Interesting that it states the customers of BMI Baby are to check etc. as usual. Do IAG now own them too?

From BA's internal intranet :

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced today that it has completed the purchase of bmi from Lufthansa.

In a statement to the stock exchange, British Airways’ parent company confirmed bmibaby and bmi regional had not been sold prior to completion. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, IAG will acquire these businesses and receive a significant price reduction.

IAG said: “As previously stated, bmibaby and bmi regional are not part of IAG’s long term plans and will not be integrated into British Airways. IAG will pursue options to exit these businesses and more details will be provided in due course.”

The costs associated with exiting these businesses, including the impact of operating them in the short term, are expected to be offset by the price reduction.

IAG will update investors about the bmi integration plan at its first quarter financial results on May 11, 2012
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:18 am

Quoting sbworcs (Reply 2):
Interesting that it states the customers of BMI Baby are to check etc. as usual. Do IAG now own them too?

Yes they now own the whole group as it stands.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
If BD are continuing to operate as BMI until October, then it is only fair that *G benefits were continued to be recognised until then since a lot of people do in fact book more than 5 weeks out. Such a short lead is totally unreasonable.

It's not ideal is it but then it was these sorts of things amongst others that were losing BD so much money!
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:22 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):

All flights booked until the 31st May will be entitled to the old BD luggage allowance! I'm booked on LHR-BEY in September and according to BD website I will be intitled to 30kg luggage but costumers that book after the 31st May will be allowed 20Kg-23kg(BA Luggage allowance)
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:47 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
This is nothing short of a disgrace.

Worse than that over the last week Lufthansa have been denying entry of BMI Star Golds into lounges and refusing to offer them the benefits they were due even before leaving the Alliance. Either bad management at LH or LH staff taking it upon themselves to call the shots !

Also where is the status match from Star Alliance for all of us that have remained loyal to Star Alliance over the past decade?? Where is the match to LH/LX to retain our business ......

I have to say if anyone is to be accused of ditching Star Golds its LH and Star Alliance themselves.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:48 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
If BD are continuing to operate as BMI until October, then it is only fair that *G benefits were continued to be recognised until then since a lot of people do in fact book more than 5 weeks out. Such a short lead is totally unreasonable.

Would you prefer BD just get closed down?

BA are still going to look after BD status holders by providing them with a status match to the exec club.

If your friends are Star Gold with another carrier then your anger should be directed at LH as I believe they are the ones that are arranging and paying for the BD exit from Star.

As for the short lad time we have none since November that BD would exit Star on completion of the deal - and we have always known the deal would be completed around the end of March.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:00 am

If I was working for BMI Baby I would be worried as I can see that going the way of the Dodo. Regional should hopefully find a buyer.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:00 am

Quoting santos (Reply 7):
I'm booked on LHR-BEY in September and according to BD website I will be intitled to 30kg luggage but costumers that book after the 31st May will be allowed 20Kg-23kg(BA Luggage allowance)

Lucky you booked before then keep your E Ticket showing 30K just in case !
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:04 am

Someone also might want to tell Star Alliance that they are no longer a member! (apart from the press release).

Anybody seen people patching over the logos on the aircraft today at all?
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:19 am

I wonder how quickly the BMI Star Alliance logo jet is going to get painted!!!
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:20 am

Quoting LX138 (Reply 6):
Quoting sbworcs (Reply 2):
Interesting that it states the customers of BMI Baby are to check etc. as usual. Do IAG now own them too?

Yes they now own the whole group as it stands.

To amplify, the Reuters link in the thread starter says that LH failed to sell baby or regional, so they are included in IAG's purchase, but the purchase price was reduced because LH failed to sell baby or regional.

IAG will not retain baby or regional, whereas mainline will be integrated into BA.
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:25 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
This is nothing short of a disgrace.

I know of two people who booked with BD to travel in June because BD were part of *A. They booked before IAG took BD over. The principle reason they booked to fly with BD rather than BD was they got 20kg additional luggage allowance for being *G. Now they have to pay GBP15 for an additional bag and GBP10/kg for 20kg = GBP215

Source?

Here is an extract from the BA web site at

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bmi-faq/public/en_gb

"bmi’s policies, including baggage allowances and on-board refreshments, remain the same"

This apparently applies not only to flights already booked but to flights booked before 31 May next.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:42 am

Moaners should get over it now. They should have a reality check.

This is the best possible outcome. It is bad that Regional and Baby were not sold. Hope BA does not close them down. That's my only fear.

I was trying to see if there were updates on oneworld.com but the site is down.

Is BMI now a OneWorld airline or affiliate?

What about domestic flights? BA or BMI is now the same, so they do now have monopoly on domestic routes out of LHR. Are BMI routes gooing to be ceased by end of October? Would nice to have a streamlined operation with A321s and hourly departures like the Super Shuttle days.

I have seen that BA is increasing ARN, TXL and DUS starting end of October. That's a bit disappointing knowing that they could actually use these solts from some other new shorthaul routes that beg for a LHR services: JER, AGP, ...

What will happen to all the code shares?

[Edited 2012-04-20 08:59:58 by SA7700]
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:47 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
This is nothing short of a disgrace.

Worse than that over the last week Lufthansa have been denying entry of BMI Star Golds into lounges and refusing to offer them the benefits they were due even before leaving the Alliance. Either bad management at LH or LH staff taking it upon themselves to call the shots !

Also where is the status match from Star Alliance for all of us that have remained loyal to Star Alliance over the past decade?? Where is the match to LH/LX to retain our business ......

I have to say if anyone is to be accused of ditching Star Golds its LH and Star Alliance themselves.

- You have a great point here Philip, LH & *A should have been bending over backwards to retain the bmi Gold and Silver members.
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:59 am

What????

You want thousands of people to lose their jobs???
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:00 pm

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 17):
Is BMI now a OneWorld airline or affiliate?

BMI is not OW and will not be . The plan seems to be to integrate BMI into BA mainline which will then by default be part of BA and thus OW but BMI will not be a OW member.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 18):
You have a great point here Philip, LH & *A should have been bending over backwards to retain the bmi Gold and Silver members.

Indeed at least something similar to when JK went down . They could offer a match to A3/TK/AC/US etc... Maybe they will but we will see . They will loose alot of business if they dont as now that BA have surprised us all with this offer and carrott its Star Alliance who need to match it .
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:00 pm

From later today, all bmi flights in and out of London Heathrow will become available to book on ba.com, including routes to cities in Azerbaijan, Ireland, Kazakhstan and Sierra Leone.

Once booked on ba.com, you will need to contact a BA call centre if you wish to make any changes to your booking.

Ireland....hoorah !

  
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:03 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 21):
Ireland....hoorah !

I know its great news and I posted the same on the Irish thread. Having the ability to book Irish flights really changes the game for alot of people who are Irish based.
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:07 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 21):
Ireland....hoorah !

- I remember flying BA LHR-DUB-LHR on 737-200's back in the day.................
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:08 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 18):
- You have a great point here Philip, LH & *A should have been bending over backwards to retain the bmi Gold and Silver members.

Clearly there can't be many of these people then as you would expect any airline to be over these people like a rash.

When will DUB get the chop?
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:12 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
They will loose alot of business if they dont as now that BA have surprised us all with this offer and carrott its Star Alliance who need to match it .

As Diamond Club Gold, I am very pleasantly surprised that BA seem to be offering me Executive Club Gold. It seems, judging from Star's behaviour and BA's behaviour, that BA wants me more than Star does.

Not difficult to guess who will be getting my business from here onwards.....
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:26 pm

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 17):
Hope BA does not close them down. That's my only fear.

IAG has said they will not be keeping them and LH was not able to find any purchasers, so your fear is quite valid.
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:57 pm

I misunderstood the information on the BA/BD integration website. Sorry for my overreaction!

So can someone just confirm for me that if a flight is purchased before May 31, then the current BD policies will apply?

Quoting anstar (Reply 9):
Would you prefer BD just get closed down?

No not at all. I considered a BA takeover of BD as the best possible outcome since before it was even discussed. I just thought the timetable for drawing down * (as I - apparently incorrectly - understood it) was very brisk, and instead thought that BA should recognise * benefits for a longer period as an act of good faith. If however the cut of is bookings by May 31 rather than flights by that date then that allays my concerns.
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:27 pm

I have a question. I have both an avios account and a diamond club account, each with roughly 50k miles in them. Should I transfer the miles to avios or the points to diamond club? Which will benefit me more in terms of spending power, or will the current BD spending rates be scrapped and everything just switch to avios?
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Just received this email from BA moments ago:

Dear Gulfstream650,

You may already know that IAG, the owner of British Airways, has purchased bmi. This means customers will have access to more destinations, better frequencies and more seats. Our plan is to integrate bmi mainline into British Airways and we'll keep you up-to-date with our progress. The latest information will be available online at ba.com/bmi.

The purchase of bmi is great news for Executive Club Members as there are now additional mainline bmi operated routes* that you can earn Avios and Tier Points on. All these new routes are now available to book at ba.com. To earn Avios and Tier Points, please remember to add your Executive Club membership number to your booking.

In addition to being able to earn on all these great new routes, you will soon be able to redeem on all of them too.

There will be no changes to the Executive Club as a result of the purchase of bmi and you will still receive the same benefits your current tier status entitles you to.

We realise that many of our Executive Club Members may also be Diamond Club members. If you are, rest assured bmi will be in contact with you shortly with details of any changes to the Diamond Club programme.

We are delighted about IAG's purchase of bmi and the additional routes and services it will allow us to provide our customers.
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:34 pm

All BD domestic and Irish flights can not be booked via ba.com.
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:04 pm

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Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:09 pm

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 29):
All BD domestic and Irish flights can not be booked via ba.com.

Belfast Int. is booking to LHR via ba.com
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:52 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 20):
From later today, all bmi flights in and out of London Heathrow will become available to book on ba.com, including routes to cities in Azerbaijan, Ireland, Kazakhstan and Sierra Leone.

Damn I didn't realize that BMI flew to Freetown! BA will be adding a host of destinations to their route map through BMI - Amritsar, Damascus, Tehran, Bishkek, Almaty, Dammam, Khartoum, Beirut, Baku, Tblisi, Yerevan amongst others. Not exactly your "typical" destinations are they?
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:32 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 26):
So can someone just confirm for me that if a flight is purchased before May 31, then the current BD policies will apply?

The only mention of 31 May has been in relation to Star Alliance. All that has been said is that BMI policies remain teh same. As the sale has only just been completed, there will be a period when BA/BD start to look at what the policies will look like in the future and then BA/BD will surely provide information on changes going forward, with regard to tickets and policies.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:34 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):

BA used 737,757, Trident, BAC 1-11 and the L1011 to DUB back in the day, and also flew to Cork and Shannon from LHR.

We'd be delighted to see them back!
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:43 pm

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 34):
BA used 737,757, Trident, BAC 1-11 and the L1011 to DUB back in the day, and also flew to Cork and Shannon from LHR.

Remember them well; sadly one of those 737-200s, the former 'Yankee India, was the aircraft which crashed in Pakistan today.

Just one question about the bmi fleet: what happens to the A330s? A knee jerk reaction would be to get rid of them fairly quickly, but they are a fine aircraft and I wonder if there are some routes on which they could be economically used?

Kind of ironic to see the "long haul" A320/321 fleet going back into BA colours; these aircraft originally started out as BMed - or British Mediterranean Airlines, which was then acquired by BA and the fleet repainted into BA c/s; then bmi acquired this operation from BA, and the fleet was repainted into bmi c/s, and now it's back to the old Chatham Dockyard scheme again!
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:10 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 35):
these aircraft originally started out as BMed - or British Mediterranean Airlines, which was then acquired by BA and the fleet repainted into BA

BA never bought BMed. BMed operated franchise services for them.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:25 pm

To give credit where it's due, the communications from BA and bmi on the day of completion have been clear and comprehensive and allayed the concerns of many customers of both airlines.
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:09 pm

Excellent news and the irony here is, my dad went from BA to BD a fair few years ago when BA dropped RUH and BD picked it up (they offered to status match him). He is a member of both BA and BD clubs - will he be able to consolidate into one? I presume so as he has a lot of miles/points with both of them.

Good to see BA being proactive about merging BD into it - and to all those moaners: if they weren't going this fast, you'd be saying nothing is happening or they're going to slow. At least you have it clearly in black and white and my dad has been informed by several e-mails about the changes. You can't really complain - considering the benefits with your booking are still valid and you're getting them for free as part of your membership!
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:17 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 35):
what happens to the A330s?

Both leased from ILFC...
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:43 pm

Quoting planejamie (Reply 38):

Yes he will be able to transfer all his miles to BA from July 1st.
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:37 pm

Quoting planejamie (Reply 38):

Excellent news and the irony here is, my dad went from BA to BD a fair few years ago when BA dropped RUH and BD picked it up (they offered to status match him). He is a member of both BA and BD clubs - will he be able to consolidate into one? I presume so as he has a lot of miles/points with both of them.

Yes they said they will do that... BA and Iberia already have a tool for their members where they can merge the miles into a unique account of their choice.
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:45 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Worse than that over the last week Lufthansa have been denying entry of BMI Star Golds into lounges and refusing to offer them the benefits they were due even before leaving the Alliance. Either bad management at LH or LH staff taking it upon themselves to call the shots !
Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
You will continue to earn membership status miles and earn and spend destinations miles on bmi and Star Alliance carriers (excluding Lufthansa Group airlines) until 31 May 2012

While the second quote (from the email) doesn't cover what you mention in the first, there is a definite 'hand washing of bmi from LH.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:14 pm

Was a condition of the deal that LH couldn't offer Diamond Club members a transfer to Miles and More?
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:58 am

Been fearing this for quite some time now. I've never wanted a BA takeover of BD. BD has this charm that will just be lost. Makes me wonder if BA will just throw away all that *precious* leather LH put into those birds less than a year ago!   

Still, this is the best outcome for BD, it's either this or thousands lose their jobs and BA still grabs all the slots.
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:37 am

Quoting liftsifter (Reply 44):
BD has this charm that will just be lost.

To be honest, BD lost it's charm a long time ago, with some crazy decisions. This end of BD was coming many years ago, and about two years ago I gave up talking about it here.

What killed BMI.

External

The economic crisis of the last three years
Lower cost competition
Arab spring

Internal

Lack of focus on Bmi - too much energy spent on bmi baby
Merging two loss making companies (bmed and bmi)
Crazy, and I mean crazy new route decisions
A330 acquisition

Tiny fares from Heathrow and the immediate alienation of the frequent flyer customer base
Losing relevance in the corporate buying departments
Lack of Product harmonisation - nobody knew what they were getting
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:49 am

You are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on a flight than an average person!
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:09 am

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 32):
Damn I didn't realize that BMI flew to Freetown! BA will be adding a host of destinations to their route map through BMI - Amritsar, Damascus, Tehran, Bishkek, Almaty, Dammam, Khartoum, Beirut, Baku, Tblisi, Yerevan amongst others. Not exactly your "typical" destinations are they?

No they are not. I am not sure which will survive either. DUB & BHD probably will, when BA pulled out EI was part of one world but obvoiusly things change. I think Beirut, Baku & Yerevan will survive but I cannot see Addid Ababa or Khartoum, not unless BA can fill a B763. Damscus and Tehran will depend on the political situation I guess.
 
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:12 am

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 46):

Does flyer all have a thread about the interesting MAN IAD 757 service?
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RE: Bmi Now Part Of BA

Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:48 am

Quoting boysteve (Reply 47):
when BA pulled out EI was part of one world

BA dropped LHR DUB long before OneWorld was even a twinkle on its mothers eye...

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 48):

Does flyer all have a thread about the interesting MAN IAD 757 service?

Ahhh, Long Haul from Manchester, using low density aircraft on bucket and spade and leisure routes.... not BD's finest moment either.

Did I mention Leeds - LondonCity - on an ATR with a palm tree on the side?

http://origin-www.airliners.net/avia...eneral_aviation/read.main/1669199/

That route took a year for Bmi to realise it wouldnt work. Nostalgia - eh - theres me in 2004 saying "Yet again BMI are lacking focus". At least they were focused on not having focus!  
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