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[Airport Informer] For many in the Heathrow community and across the aviation business, today was a litle sad, but there was also a reason to mark it as something very special as well, for it was the day that the last Bmi flight landed at the airport.

Heathrow Fire Teams create a welcoming arch for the laast Bmi flight today.  Photo: John Jefferies

Heathrow Fire Teams create a welcoming water arch for the last ever Bmi flight today. Photo: John Jefferies

British Midland’s long and illustrious history came to an end today following the arrival of its last commercial journey. Flight number BD928 inbound from Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan landed in Heathrow to a warm commemorative welcome at 10:30 this morning. The flight came in to a sunny if a little chilly airport and landed on Heathrow’s northern runway.

Company History

With a history that spans over seven decades, British Midland can trace its roots back to 1938 when Captain Roy Harben established a school for training pilots of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and called it Air Schools Limited in that year.

Roy Harben died in 1947 from a heart attack after forming a parent company called Derby Aviation Limited the previous year. His wife and a partner of her husband continued to run the business. For several years and incorporating the services of Wolverhampton Aviation, the company offered charter and freight services.

In 1953 the company ceased flying training after it received a licence in to operate scheduled flights from Burnaston and Wolverhampton to Jersey. The following year Wolverhampton Aviation was merged with Derby Aviation.

In 1956 the airline started international operations with a route to Ostend.

By 1959 Derby Aviation rebranded to become known as Derby Airways, changing its livery at the same time.

Finally the airline became known as British Midland Airways in 1964 after the purchase of a Manchester Airport based airline called Mercury Airlines.

The last Bmi flight - 27th October, 2012

Airport staff greet the last Bmi flight at Heathrow – 27th October, 2012

We would like to wish all those who worked for Bmi all the very best for the future. The airline may have ceased trading but it will not be forgotten.


The Airport Informer
27th Oct, 2012


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[Telegraph] The future of bmibaby and bmi Regional is in doubt after International Airlines Group completed the takeover of parent company bmi but admitted it does not want the company’s low-cost and domestic businesses.

IAG has already warned that 1,200 jobs will be lost of part of the integration of bmi mainline, the long-haul division, into BA Photo: Alamy

IAG has already warned that 1,200 jobs will be lost of part of the integration of bmi mainline, the long-haul division, into BA Photo: Alamy

IAG, the owner of British Airways, said on Friday that bmibaby and bmi Regional “will not be integrated” into the company and it “will pursue options to exit these businesses”.

Trade union Unite warned 800 jobs are at risk and urged IAG to seek a “viable buyer” for the businesses.

“BA must do everything possible to give these two businesses and the workforce a long-term future in the UK aviation industry,” said Oliver   Richardson, Unite national officer.

IAG has already warned that 1,200 jobs will be lost of part of the integration of bmi mainline, the long-haul division, into BA.

The company agreed a £172.5m deal with Lufthansa for bmi, but this included a sizeable discount in the event the German airline could not sell bmibaby and bmi Regional before the takeover was completed. Analysts believe the discount, which will be finalised in June, could be as much as £80m. IAG said the price reduction will offset the costs of operating and then exiting bmibaby and bmi Regional.

German company Intro Aviation and Dublin-based charter carrier ACL were linked with a bid for bmibaby, but a deal could not be struck.

Loss-making bmi is made up of three divisions – a traditional airline serving Europe, the Middle East and African, bmi regional, serving the UK, and low-cost unit bmibaby.

Read the full story at The Telegraph….


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9:30PM BST 20 Apr 2012



BERLIN: German airline Lufthansa AG says it has completed a 172.5 million pound ($276 million) deal selling its loss-making British Midland Ltd. subsidiary to the parent of rival British Airways. 

Lufthansa said today the sale to BA parent IAG took place after the close of business on yesterday

Lufthansa said today the sale to BA parent IAG took place after the close of business on yesterday

Lufthansa said in a statement on Friday the sale to BA parent International Airlines Group took place after the close of business on Thursday.Lufthansa says it expects to lose money on the deal, but that the costs will amortize within a year and that the deal will ultimately strengthen its financial position.

It says “price adjustments have been agreed as part of the transaction structure” and that the specific net purchase price will be determined at the end of the second quarter.

Lufthansa and IAG announced an agreement in principle on the sale in early November…..

Read the original story at The Economic times…. 


The Economic Times
20 APR, 2012