If the sale to Granite City Aviation goes through it will be interesting to learn if they compete for some of the BD LHR
slots that BA
have to free up so that bmi Regional can continue to operate the AB
rotations they currently operate for BD
Granite City Aviation - Aberdeen is colloquially known as the Granite City - have stated publicly that they will retain all 300 bmi Regional staff. This suggests they plan to operate most if not all the current bmi Regional services.
An article in a local Aberdeen newspaper on 21 April identifies the three men behind Granite City Aviation:
"Graeme Ross and Ian Woodley are former bosses of Aberdeen based Business Air, The airline was swallowed up by British Midland and Mr Ross went on to join Eastern Airways as director for Scotland. He spent eight years there before stepping down in 2010. Mr Woodley was also a director for British Midland Regional until 1998. Robert Sturman is the former chief executive and chairman of British World Airlines which went into receivership in 2001"
So this is effectively full circle as Business Air was the bedrock on which bmi Regional was built.