Monday, 12 December 2011

Very Long Haul from Birmingham?

Recently, MG Motor UK said they would like direct flights to China from Birmingham.
http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/meta/news/2011/12/mg-motor-partnership.aspx
This got me thinking. Perhaps this isn't as far-fetched as it sounds? Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner' broke the record for its weight class for speed and distance a few days ago:
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightblogger/
If a 777-300 can fly non-stop to Islamabad from BHX (PIA's service), maybe a significantly smaller aircraft (the 787) could get to China? As for the airline operating such a route, it would probably be a Chinese carrier as BA or Virgin aren't likely to open a base at BHX any time soon and China isn't really the holiday market that Thomson serves, so that rules out any British carriers.

Slightly off topic, but if the rumours (or wishfull thinking) about the return of Birmingham to Chicago are true, what aircraft would fly that I wonder? American previously used a 767 on the route.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-15463981

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