Monday, 24 October 2011

Monarch A321 landing RWY15

Flight ZB403 from Faro on final RWY 15

A day at BHX

Some pics of RWY15 ops at BHX yesterday:

A flybe Dash 8-Q400 caught by a gust on final!

A Swiss (Helvetic) Fokker 100

bmi's BHX based A320 flying for Lufthansa

G-FBEJ the Embraer 195 as seen from the Marston Green railway bridge

A Ryanair 737-800, taken from the 33 end car park

A Dash 8 enters 15 from B1 while the Emirates 777 continues down to A1

Another LearyJet

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New service to Amritsar from BHX

Comtel Air (ICAO:COE, Callsign:Comtel Air) have commenced flights from Birmingham to Amritsar, India, via Vienna. The route is flown by a Boeing 757-200 leased from Privilege Style. This a welcome return of flights from Birmingham to India following Air India's withdrawal of their Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto route a few years ago. That was operated by a 777, and loads are good on Comtel's route so far, so there clearly is demand for BHX-India services.

Comtel's website:
For more info:

...and a few other bits and bobs

This blog isn't entirely about aviation... I just had to share this:
"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" - Lilac Tigerwine 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

First biofuel flight in the UK is BHX-ACE!

The first ever biofuel flight in the UK, TOM7446, departed Birmingham today!

The Thomson Airways flight to Lanzarote (ACE) was operated by a Boeing 757-200 with Rolls-Royce RB211 engines, which required no changes to be able to use the new fuel. Although biofuels produce CO2 like standard aviation fuel, it has been produced from plants, so the CO2 released was taken from the atmosphere by the plants anyway. This makes biofuel, in theory, carbon neutral.

EDIT: This was actually the first biofuel flight in the UK, the biofuel Palma flights earlier this year did not go ahead.

For more info on this landmark flight see: