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Old July 19th, 2012, 04:44 PM   #41
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QATAR Airways coming to BHX

Qatar Airways plans Birmingham-Doha route
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Jul 19, 2012 08:23AM GMT

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Qatar Airways plans to fly from Birmingham airport after taking delivery of new aircraft later this year.

The carrier currently operates five services a day from Heathrow and 10 a week from Manchester to its base at Doha.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways chief executive, confirmed: “We are going to start operating [from Doha] to other UK airports. We will operate to three new destinations in the UK.”

Birmingham will be one of the airports, Al Baker told Travel Weekly, but he declined to identify the others. Asked when the services would begin, Al Baker said: “It depends how soon we get the additional aircraft from Boeing.”

The airline confirmed the Birmingham-Doha service would operate daily. A Birmingham airport spokesman appeared surprised at the news, but said: “We welcome the announcement by the Qatar Airways chief executive of services between Doha and Birmingham.”

Other UK airports under consideration, according to Qatar sources, include Edinburgh and a return to Gatwick. Travel Weekly understands Qatar is also considering a return to double-daily services from Manchester.

The airline cut its Manchester services from 14 to 10 at the end of March. Qatar withdrew from Gatwick in May 2011, arguing there was no feeder traffic on to long-haul flights at the airport and that domestic traffic “was not enough”.

Al Baker has previously announced Qatar is looking at other UK airports. He said last year: “We have several options.”

Birmingham is the UK’s third-largest airport outside London and the UK’s seventh largest overall, handling nine million passengers last year.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #42
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Will it be an A330 or 787 ?????

Hope its the 787
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Old July 19th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #43
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A380 probably will never come to Birmingham.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 07:43 AM   #44
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Birmingham Airport runway extension contractors announced.

Announced today that Volker Fitzpatrick and Colas have won the tender to extend the main runway at Birmingham Airport, and to divert the A45 for this to happen.Total cost £65 million.

This will be Englands second biggest construction project in 2012 after Londons cross rail .

The A45 new section, will be 3 lanes wide with room for a tram system in the middle.The runway extension will be 350m taking it to 2,955m or 9,700feet. The current part will also be improved and resurfaced.

Work starts on both projects in July this year with the road expected to be complete in June 2013 and the runway extension opened by spring 2014.

At the same time time the new control tower will be fitted out with state of the art equipment which will become operational, with a brand new radar system in summer 2013.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #45
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A380 probably will never come to Birmingham.

A380 has already flown into BHX, but not a scheduled flight. Hopefully BHX will get a service in the future.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #46
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Armavia Starts Amman / Birmingham Service in S12
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Update at 0740GMT 20JUL12

Armavia in Summer 2012 season is introducing 2 new destinations, with weekly service to Amman since 13JUN12, and Birmingham from 25JUL12. Operational schedule:

Yerevan – Amman eff 13JUN12
U8315 EVN1600 – 1720AMM CRJ 3
U8316 AMM1820 – 2130EVN CRJ 3

Yerevan – Birmingham eff 25JUL12
U8107 EVN0800 – 1025BHX 320 3
U8108 BHX1125 – 1920EVN 320 3
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Old July 20th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #47
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A380 has already flown into BHX, but not a scheduled flight. Hopefully BHX will get a service in the future.
Unless Birmingham can grow in to another city at least to the lvel of Manchester I dont think A380 will work there.

Unless this whole thing about Birmingham becoming the 4th London international airport thing happens with HSR.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 09:05 PM   #48
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Unless Birmingham can grow in to another city at least to the lvel of Manchester I dont think A380 will work there.

Unless this whole thing about Birmingham becoming the 4th London international airport thing happens with HSR.

Another reason why the A380 was introduced at Manchester was partly due to the massive expansion of other middle eastern carriers such as Qatar and Ethiad. A good marketing team at Emirates thought, "we will show them"

As per above info, BHX will soon be getting Qatar airways at BHX, and as soon as the runway extension is complete and some other improvements to the facilities at the airport, im confident that in the next 3/4 years we will see regular A380s at BHX.
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From who though? I dont think even Emirates will bring A380 to such a small city.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #50
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From who though? I dont think even Emirates will bring A380 to such a small city.


Your entitled to your opinion fella, and im not going to get into a debate about Birmingham (city)

To many forums are spoilt on talking about the size of cities. We all know how big Birmingham is and how small it isnt.
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Old July 21st, 2012, 02:34 AM   #51
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Your entitled to your opinion fella, and im not going to get into a debate about Birmingham (city)

To many forums are spoilt on talking about the size of cities. We all know how big Birmingham is and how small it isnt.
I ain't getting into a debate either but my gutt feeling is telling me EK need to send 90 A380's somewhere and I bet BHX would be on the radar...
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Old July 21st, 2012, 03:31 PM   #52
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I ain't getting into a debate either but my gutt feeling is telling me EK need to send 90 A380's somewhere and I bet BHX would be on the radar...
Exactly , EK have made considerable investment and friends at BHX and even opened a dedicated Lounge at the airport 2 years ago. A380 service into BHX would defo be on the radar but when then that is anyones guess ????
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Exactly , EK have made considerable investment and friends at BHX and even opened a dedicated Lounge at the airport 2 years ago. A380 service into BHX would defo be on the radar but when then that is anyones guess ????
That's right and guess it comes down to the airport authorities getting the necessary works carried out on the runway widening and taxiways...

EK have a habit of operating 3 x daily prior to introducing an A380...
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EK have a habit of operating 3 x daily prior to introducing an A380.
Not always.

JFK- 2 daily, 1 flight A380, with evening flight also being upped to A380 in January.
MAN- 2 daily at the time of the A380 upgrade. Now 3 daily
MUC- 2 daily, with 1 flight operated by A380
CDG- 2 daily at the time of the A380 upgrade. Now 3 daily
FCO- was 2 daily at the time of the A380 upgrade. However A380 now taken off route.
AMS- only 1 daily flight but has A380 from October
YYZ- 3 weekly but A380 (although not allowed any more flights)
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Old July 25th, 2012, 08:29 PM   #55
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BHX-AMS (Amsterdam)

BHX-AMS
Flybe are to commence 15 weekly (up to 3x daily flights) to Amsterdam from the winter season. Showing as Dash eights! The route needs some competition as KLM are now the only airline on this route after the demise of BMI to the IAG airline group earlier this year.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #56
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Armavia Airlines

The first (well officially second) service of Armavia from Yerevan did arrive at BHX this morning at 1007. Aircraft was A320 EK-32008.

Maybe just maybe as they have chosen to close there LHR operation and concentrate on BHX, it might work this time like Turkmenistan airlines have for many years.

Good luck to them.
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Armavia never served Heathrow, or London.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #58
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Turkish Airlines increase in S13

Turkish Airlines S13 Birmingham / Dublin Service Increase
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Update at 0620GMT 30JUL12

Turkish Airlines starting 31MAR13 is expanding operation to Birmingham and Dublin, where both will see service increase from daily to 10 weekly flights. Planned Summer 2013 schedule as follows:

Istanbul – Birmingham Service increases from daily to 10 weekly
TK1967 IST0810 – 1015BHX 738 x26
TK1969 IST1255 – 1505BHX 738 x35

TK1968 BHX1115 – 1710IST 738 x26
TK1970 BHX1605 – 2155IST 738 x35
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Runway Extension at BHX

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Lovely sunset over the Airport.

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