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British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Tue May 01, 2001 8:48 pm

CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and bmi
british midland today jointly announced the launch of daily nonstop service
from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and the first-ever nonstop
flight from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Manchester, U.K.
From Manchester, bmi british midland serves three cities in Scotland
(Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen), and offers frequent service to London
Heathrow. The new flights, which will be operated by bmi british midland
Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured for three classes of service, begin on May
12 from Washington and June 8 from Chicago, respectively.
When bmi british midland launches the new service it will be in full
cooperation with it Star Alliance partner, United. In addition to offering
BD codeshare flights from 29 U.S cities, United will provide bmi british
midland with ground handling and line maintenance support at its Chicago
O'Hare and Washington Dulles hubs.
To commemorate the start of the new flights, United and bmi british
midland are offering special introductory economy-class fares as low as
$399.00 from Chicago or Washington to Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and
Aberdeen (specific information regarding the special fares follows).
"This announcement marks nothing less than the beginning of a new era
in transatlantic air travel," said Rohan Alce, bmi british midland's vice
president-Americas. "With the introduction of these new flights from Chicago
and Washington, D.C., business travelers in the U.S. will benefit from bmi
british midland's unique service to Manchester and points beyond."
According to Alce, bmi british midland's customers will be able to take
advantage of the airline's innovative onboard product offering. He added:
"Our business class will be a first class-style service; our enhanced economy
product will feature a separate, dedicated cabin primarily for business
travelers who want to travel in economy; and all of our customers will enjoy
the latest state-of-the-art in-seat entertainment systems."
"This historic new service by bmi british midland to the U.S. is another
way that United's participation in Star Alliance is delivering real benefits
to customers," said Stuart Oran, United senior vice president-international.
BD706 (UA4820) will depart ORD daily at 9:20PM and arrive in Manchester at
11:00AM the following day. The return flight, BD705 (UA4821), will depart
Manchester at 3:25PM and arrive in Chicago at 5:55PM that afternoon.
BD702 (UA4854) will depart IAD six days each week (except Tuesdays) at
5:50PM and arrive in Manchester at 5:55AM the following day. The return
flight, BD701 (UA4855), will depart Manchester six days each week at 12:40PM
and arrive in Washington at 3:45PM that afternoon.
bmi british midland is the largest independent European carrier, serving
33 European destinations, and with over 1,200 flights per week from London's
Heathrow International Airport.
United serves more of the world's business centers than any other airline.
It operates more than 2,300 departures each day on a route network that spans
the globe.

Fare Information: $399.00 fare quoted above is round-trip based on
required round-trip purchase for United Economy travel on United Airlines,
United Shuttle, United Express carriers and bmi british midland. Seats are
limited and may not be available on all flights/dates. Purchase Requirements:
Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours of making reservations, but no later
than 05/21/01. Travel Days/Dates: Quoted fare is valid for travel Mon.-Thurs.
Fares for other days of the week are slightly higher. Travel must be
completed by 12/31/01. Outbound travel must commence by June 30, 2001.
Sale fares apply to U.S. Point of Sale only. Min./Max. Stay: Saturday night
stay required. Additional Taxes/Fees: Fare does not include Passenger
Facility Charges of up to $4.50, which may be collected depending upon
itinerary. Fare is subject to U.S. arrival and departure taxes and
agricultural, immigrations, and customs fees of $43. For return travel from
Great Britain, fare does not include passenger service charge and departure
taxes of $45, which may be collected by the foreign government. Itinerary
Changes: Tickets are non-refundable. The outbound portion may not be changed,
but the return portion may be changed for a $150 per ticket service charge
provided the new return travel date is within the parameters of this original
offer, minimum/maximum stays are met, and the origin and destination are not
changed. Other conditions: Fares are subject to change without notice. Other
restrictions may apply. Even lower fares may be available to selected
destinations.
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 1:07 am

Go BMI! Can't wait to try it. Am book to ORD the last week in June. Will be my first flight on BMI and my first on an A330!

Am paying a bit more that $399 though!!!

cheers, Phil.
 
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 2:35 am

Other than your smiley face at the end, you've provided no opinion/information on your post that we don't already get from the "News" section of this site. So, what's your point or elaboration? We've got to do more on this forum other than post press releases that we already read elsewhere.
Airliners.net has many forums. It has spell check and search functions. Use them before posting!
 
GOT
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 3:41 am

Hope that these routes will be profitable for BMI, so that they can compete better with BA.

GOT
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 3:56 am

Bicoastal,

Dont be so anal retentive.


GO BMI!
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 4:56 am

Bicoastal:
Actually, not everyone reads the News section - I do not find it very good at all. It links to several different sources, and it's just not as nice to navigate as the forums. Anything important will ALWAYS end up in the discussion forums, and hence I prefer to get my news directly here. It's not as if I had to rush out and buy shares the second some news is released....

Also, posting a news article in here will cause a discussion. That't the purpose of the forums. If we did not post articles, how would anyone discuss things? I prefer it if people post an article, and do not post childish "I want Hinterhofenhausenairways to buy 3 A380s because their livery looks cool" posts....

Regards

Ikarus
 
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 8:27 am

bmi British Midland are most definitely a superior airline, better in many respects than their arch-rivals BA. I`ve flown extensively around europe and the UK with both airlines and bmi always outstrip BA for punctuality, passenger-orientated ground and flight staff and better in flight service - even down to little things like full size mugs for coffee..... better than the tiny dollies tea-party ones most airlines use. The only drawback with bmi is that they don`t usually have the frequency of BA, but I`ll always wait an extra hour to use them. I hope their t/a services from MAN to IAD and ORD do well.
 
BostonBeau
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 10:08 am

At least the news post is more interesting than the kind of "Which letter in BMI do you prefer most?" posts we've been getting a lot of lately Big grin
 
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RE: British Midland Launches Nonstop MAN-IAD On A330

Wed May 02, 2001 1:06 pm

I don't mind the posting of press releases which we all read from other sources. I do mind posting them without an opinion on why it's relevant or interesting to the poster. Otherwise, it's just regurgitation.
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