Friday, 20 July 2012

Qatar to Doha and Armavia to Yerevan from BHX!

Qatar Airways have (unofficially, so take this with a pinch of salt) announced they are to start a daily service to Doha from Birmingham, using brand new Boeing 787's. QR are a similar airline in  many respects to Emirates, which already have a twice daily 777 service to Dubai.

Article from Travel Weekly:
http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2012/07/19/41136/qatar-airways-plans-birmingham-doha-route.html

Also announced today (although again not officially by Birmingham airport!) is the start of a thrice weekly service to the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, by national carrier Armavia. This follows the cancellation of the Heathrow-Yerevan route, previously operated by bmi but being axed by British Airways. Armavia have had this route planned for a while and had even operated the occasional flight to Birmingham in the past.

All in all a good few days for BHX if these routes go ahead! Interestingly both these new services offer onwards connections to India, Birmingham has been lacking flights to India since the withdrawal of Air India in 2008. Since then there have been several (failed!) attempts at Indian flights including Air Sylhet and Comtel Air.

A Qatar Airways 787 recently displayed at the 2012 Farnbourough Airshow:

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