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Old June 11th, 2013, 11:32 PM   #221
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Old June 21st, 2013, 10:48 PM   #222
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AIR INDIA CLOSES IN ON BIRMINGHAM

Air India is set to begin flights between New Delhi and Birmingham within the next couple of months, a source at the Indian national carrier has revealed to The HUB. Following the arrival of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners the carrier has been analysing a number of markets for network growth over the past year and now the aircraft has returned to service following its short-term grounding, the airline source says the carrier is now prepared to push ahead with its expansion and Birmingham will be one of three or four new long-haul destinations to be introduced by the end of 2014.

It is understood that Air India has already formulated the schedule for the new service which is planned to be operated on a four times weekly basis by one of its expanding fleet of 787s, although reservations are not yet open and the flight is not currently displayed in the GDS. The outbound flight, ‘AI150’, is tentatively planned to leave New Delhi at 14:15, arriving at Birmingham at 19:00. The return service, ‘AI151’, is due to depart the Midlands’ city at 21:30, arriving back in the Indian capital at 10:20 the following day.

Air India is currently the only operator of the 787 in the Indian sub-continent having taken delivery of its first aircraft in September 2012. It now has six aircraft in service, with 21 more on order. According to the airline source final discussions are now taking place with suppliers and agents ahead of the formal launch of the route at some point in the next four weeks, with August 1, 2013 tentatively set as the launch date.

It was at Routes Asia earlier this year that it became clear that Air India was on the expansion path. Speaking at the event in Mumbai, India in March 2013, Deepak Brara, Commercial Director, Air India confirmed that the carrier was confident that upon the type’s return to service it would be in a position to announce new markets. “We are looking to add new flights to a number of new markets in the coming years. These include destinations in Australia, Italy, the US and a second stop in the UK,” he revealed.

“We have a huge home market so we have the scope to develop without having to worry about serving transfer traffic. As a result we will not really focus on sixth freedom markets in the coming years but simply serving strong O&D markets,” he added.

With existing flights to London Heathrow, the new UK market for Air India was thought to be a direct competition between Birmingham and Manchester but with a growth strategy based on origin and destination markets and the continued development of New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport as it primary international hub, Birmingham appears to have secured the route.

According to census information, approximately 65,000 people of Indian origin live within Birmingham and its immediate suburbs. When you also include the notable levels of Indians across the Midlands and most notably in the cities of Coventry and Leicester you can understand why Birmingham would appeal to the Indian carrier. The census data suggests an Indian population of around 185,000 across the West Midlands County and 218,000 across the wider West Midlands region. These figures show that outside of London, the West Midlands has more Indians living within it than any other region in England.

"We have had confirmation from Air India that they plan to start flights between Birmingham and New Delhi in August,” confirmed an airport spokesperson. “It is likely that tickets will go on sale in July but until then we can't give any further information. We hope to be able to make an announcement in the very near future.”

If the new service comes to fruition, this will mark the return of Air India to the Birmingham market. The carrier most recently offered flights to the city in the 2000s, offering links from May 2005 on the Amritsar – Birmingham – Toronto route. However, it suspended the service in October 2008 as it centralised its UK flight operations at London Heathrow, driven by the release of lucrative slots at the international airport following the introduction of 777-200LR equipment into the fleet. Due to its flight envelope, the 777 removed the need for the carrier’s onward connections to the US from the UK capital as destinations in North America could now be served directly from India.

Although no other airline has entered this market with non-stop flights following the switch, a number of operators have attempted to tap into the significant demand between Birmingham and India, operating flights with an en route stopover to bypass traffic restrictions. According to MIDT data, up to 230,000 bi-directional O&D passengers fly between Birmingham and destinations across India each year with additional traffic leaking to the London airports by ground transport. In 2012, an estimated 153,000 passengers flew between Birmingham and India, with around 50,000 flying to or from New Delhi, the largest point-to-point market. Emirates Airline holds the largest share of this traffic (72.8 per cent) via its Dubai International Airport hub.
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 02:29 PM   #223
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AIR INDIA AT BHX FROM AUGUST 2013

Air India on Saturday 22JUN13 opened reservation for Delhi – Birmingham service, where it’ll operate this route with Boeing 787 aircraft, 4 times a week starting 01AUG13. Currently, reservation is available through travel agents, as online booking is not available on Air India’s website at present time.

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AI114 BHX2130 – 1005+1DEL 788 x357



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Old June 23rd, 2013, 06:44 PM   #224
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 09:04 PM   #225
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BHX now shown on the dropdown list of destinations on Air India Website:


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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:14 AM   #226
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BHX June Pax Figures 2013

June pax up 3.4%
Source: CAA

June 2013 943863 up 3.4% with rolling year 8945360 up 3.1%.

June 2005 was 960419 the highest and 2008 936798 therefore June 2013 slots in at number 2.

ATM 8494 up 5.9% - no doubt due to Baby effectively removing two based aircraft on 10 June last year.

These are good - I expected 940000 amd even nudged ahead of Luton, well only for one month but still a surprise.

As usual some surprises with the routes with the biggest shock is the tiny increase in the Dublin figures considering EI added three extra a day and even FR added a 4th service on a Thursday.

Emirates was up and averaged 75%, TK managed over 80% load factor despite 10 a week compared to 7 last June and even Newark was up (92% load factor).
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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #227
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IBERIA A330 Diverts to BHX

After London Heathrow was closed last week for 3 hours due to the fire on the Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
After uploading its passengers, it continued back to Madrid.

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Old July 26th, 2013, 01:37 AM   #228
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Air India 787 @ BHX UK, from 1st August

Really pleased to say Air India start new service from BHX (Birmingham, UK) to Delhi and Amritsar from next week August 1st (4 weekly using new 787 )....can't wait to see this aircraft at my local airport.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #229
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Air India Launch at BHX

Local press and community are really getting behind this launch and having parties to celebrate.

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Old July 27th, 2013, 12:27 AM   #230
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BHX on a lovely Summer day 2013

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Old July 27th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #231
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Rain soaked BHX

Terminal used by low cost airline Ryanair and Flybe.

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Old July 28th, 2013, 01:37 AM   #233
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Old July 29th, 2013, 10:14 PM   #234
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Air India

Good news from Air India, the excitement is building for the launch on Thursday 1st Augsut 2013.

Air India to extend Delhi route to Amritsar

The extension of the route to the Punjab city is in response to public demand and was announced earlier than had been anticipated.

Air India has announced its new service between Birmingham and Delhi will fly on to Amritsar.

The extension of the route to the Punjab city is in response to public demand and was announced earlier than had been anticipated.

Kailash Singh, the airline’s regional manager UK, Ireland and Europe, revealed it was on the airline’s agenda when the new service was announced recently at Birmingham Airport. The announcement of the route extension was made at a civic celebration to mark the re-introduction of the Birmingham to Delhi route, which ceased in 2008.

Speaking at the reception, held at the ICC, Birmingham Airport’s CEO Paul Kehoe said: “It took us five years to get the route back and just two days to get it extended to Amritsar.” Mr Kehoe added that it was now up to the people of the West Midlands to support the flight.

Mr Singh added there was “a strong possibility” of it becoming a daily service or additional routes being added.

The service was re-introduced after a petition signed by more than 28,00 people called for its return.

The extension to Amritsar will prove popular with the Midlands’ Sikh community. Amritsar is the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion and home to Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple, which attracts more visitors each year than the Taj Mahal.

Flights to Delhi will depart four times a week, with Air India using the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, from August 1.

Mr Singh added that the inaugural flight was now sold out.
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AIR BLUE

More good news for BHX, from 28th Sept, Air Blue will be bringing there A340 aircraft x2 weekly to Lahore and Islamabad.

Monday
• Air India (B787) – Delhi/Amritsar

Tuesday
• Air India (B787) – Delhi/Amritsar
• Pakistan International (B777) - Islamabad

Wednesday
• Air Blue (A340) – Islamabad/Lahore

Thursday
• Air India (B787) – Delhi/Amritsar
• Pakistan International (B777) - Islamabad

Friday
• No flights

Saturday
• Air India (B787) – Delhi/Amritsar
• Air Blue (A340) – Islamabad/Lahore
• Pakistan International (B777) - Islamabad

Sunday
• Pakistan International (B777) – Islamabad

Add on to that to 2x daily B777 Emirates flights we get, then BHX is all of a sudden got a nice spread of long haul / bigger jets. Nice one!
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