Saturday, 26 November 2011

They're on their way...

The first 2 of Flybe's Embraer 175's, G-FBJA and G-FBJC, were pictured yesterday (25/11/11) on their delivery flight in Gran Canaria. One of the first routes the E75 is scheduled to fly is Birmingham to Dusseldorf (3 daily rotations, replacing a Bombardier Dash 8). Fingers crossed it'll be at BHX in the next few days! There was also an announcement from Flybe regarding a finance deal for the new E-Jets:

I'm gonna say the 2 things are related. It seems that the assembled E75's were sitting in Brazil, and Embraer were waiting for Flybe to sort out how they were going to pay for them. But they're on their way now!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Comtel Air flight cancellations!

Comtel Air, the Austrian Airline offering services to Amritsar via Vienna from Birmingham, have got into financial difficulties:

The aircraft being used on the route, a Boeing 757-200 leased from Mint Airways of Spain, has positioned back to Madrid, and the future of these flights are uncertain.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

All the new routes from Birmingham!

A round-up of new services from BHX this winter and next summer:

  • Berlin-Brandenburg [announced this week!] Lufthansa, daily using Airbus A319s (but expect 320s too) starting next summer with the opening of the new Brandenburg Airport.
  • Dubrovnik Starting May 2012, Monarch twice weekly with Airbus A320s. 
  • Heraklion Begins May 2012, Monarch twice weekly, A320s
  • Milan-Malpensa Monarch A320 service starting March 2012
  • Rome-Fiumicino Both Monarch and bmiBaby will commence this route next year using A320s and 737-300s respectively. Both start in March.
  • Venice-Marco Polo 4 times weekly Airbus A320 service operated by Monarch
  • Innsbruck Austrian Airlines starting December 16th using Boeing 737-800s.
  • Amritsar Operating now, Comtel Air to Amritsar via Vienna using a Boeing 757-200 leased from Mint Airways of Spain.
  • Geneva EasyJet Switzerland resume their Airbus A319 service which is predominately aimed at the ski market.
  • Grenoble EasyJets other Ski route will also return with A319s.
  • Perpignan will be served again, along with other regional France routes by Flybe.
  • Barcelona bmiBaby with 737-300s starting March 2012
  • Lisbon bmiBaby with 737-300s starting March 2012
In addition many other seasonal services will return. Any uncertaincies? Well, the bmi situation at the moment makes the future of the based A320 flying for Lufthansa to Frankfurt uncertain. Flybe are still expecting their Embraer 175s to arrive 'soon', and these are expected to operate the Dusseldorf route initially. There's also talk of flights resuming to Chicago, but nothing definate.

Overall it's an exciting time for BHX!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Monarch to increase capacity at Birmingham

Monarch Airlines (IATA: ZB IACO:MON Callsign:MONARCH) have announced that they are to increase their BHX based fleet to 6 aircraft as of next summer. The fleet will consist of 4 Airbus A321's and 2 A320's. New routes for Summer 2012 will include: Rome, Milan and Venice in Italy; Dubrovnik in Croatia; and Heraklion in Greece.

I find this really interesting. What I thinks going on is that Monarch have realised too many people from the Midlands have to make the trek up to Manchester or down to London, and so they're increasing capacity where the demand is!

Some info on these new services:
 - Rome isn't currently served, but it will be by bmiBaby starting Spring next year, and now Monarch too.
 - Milan (Malpensa) is currently served daily by Flybe.
 - Venice will be a completely new destination although bmiBaby fly there from East Midlands
 - Dubrovnik is served weekly in the summer months by Flybe, and has been for a few years now
 - Heraklion is currently served by Thomas Cook, Thomson and Skywings (all charter). Perhaps Monarch will offer a scheduled alternative?

Also, I don't think the above new routes warrant 2 extra aircraft, so I'd expect increased frequencies on existing routes aswell.

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