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Old January 20th, 2015, 12:13 AM   #481
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Expect delays with SmartLynx, they have had some "issues" ,at least in TLL... Quite old planes
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Old January 20th, 2015, 09:34 PM   #482
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MAEL Hangar at BHX

Monarch Aircraft Engineering facility at Birmingham Airport awarded Boeing GoldCare

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has announced that its 110,000 sq ft state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport is now Boeing GoldCare approved after completing its supplier audit.


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Old January 21st, 2015, 01:04 AM   #483
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flyBe Dash-8-Q400 (reg. G-JECM)


It looks like this aircraft type is quite popular at BHX, similar to LCY...
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Old January 28th, 2015, 10:28 PM   #484
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Future of BHX and UK Airports Report

26 January 2015

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New analysis has questioned whether the Airports Commission has properly investigated the potential economic effect on the country's regions of the shortlisted runway options.

Whilst the Airports Commission is mandated with taking a “UK-wide perspective”, new analysis has questioned whether it has properly investigated the potential economic effect on the country’s regions of the shortlisted runway options.

A study by economic analysts Oxera, commissioned by Birmingham Airport, says the methodology used by PwC on behalf of the Airports Commission could hide winners and losers in UK regions, and underplays the negative effect that Heathrow expansion could have on some UK regions.

Oxera explains that this is because, rather than modelling what could happen to the Midlands and other UK regions under the Heathrow and Gatwick scenarios, PwC split the UK into three large blocks: London & the South East, the Rest of England, and the Rest of the UK.

The Oxera analysis says that: “A more relevant question for analysis which could have been asked by the Airports Commission and PwC is where the national losses and gains are accrued and how they are distributed.” Oxera conclude that that the most intuitive deduction about economic impacts, taking the Airports Commission’s traffic forecast as given, is that Heathrow expansion would be more likely to exacerbate rather than mitigate regional imbalances, by drawing more business into the London area.

These questions have been raised a week before The Airports Commission runway expansion consultation closes, and on the day that Birmingham Airport Chief Executive Paul Kehoe and Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Stewart Wingate are addressing businesses in the Midlands on the choice facing the country.

Paul Kehoe said: “Birmingham Airport had its busiest year ever in 2014 which shows that passengers and businesses want to fly direct. With our region attracting over a quarter of the UK's foreign direct investment, we are clear that the answer is a network of national long-haul airports, plugging all regions into global growth opportunities, not an even larger hub at Heathrow which would draw more business into an already overheated South East.”

“Oxera’s analysis raises concerns that the positive relationships between airports outside the South East and their regional business communities have not been properly valued by the Airports Commission.”

“Whilst Heathrow is essential and must remain a world class airport for the UK and our region, for the Midlands to grow, Heathrow must become complementary to Birmingham Airport. More capacity at Heathrow would limit our region's ambitions. We expect Dubai to overtake Dublin as our busiest route this year, which shows that business travellers are voting with their feet and don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket.”

Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce said: “Our region has a larger trade surplus with North America than any other in the UK, and is the only region to have a positive balance of trade with China. This is down to the strength of our financial services, manufacturing and engineering sectors and more, all of which are supported by our long-haul connectivity to markets around the world. The right decision for our region is the one that allows more businesses to fly direct, not one that could draw more business to Heathrow and the South East.”

Stewart Wingate, London Gatwick CEO said: “Competition between the UK's airports is essential for delivering choice for passengers, businesses and investors across the country. By expanding Gatwick we can harness the strength of the country's network of great airports, delivering new South East capacity and supporting the growth of connectivity across the UK.”

The Midlands contributes more than £178 billion to the economy, including 16 percent of all UK exports, and Birmingham has recently been names as the UK’s most investible city. A letter from nine regional MPs, Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore and Midlands business leaders and published in December raised concerns that Heathrow growth could negatively impact the region, and asserted that: “The UK needs new competition and a network of airports to boost growth, drive down costs and improve value, not expansion of Heathrow.”

Birmingham Airport handled 9,707,449 passengers in 2014; an increase of 6.5% compared to 2013, including a 7.2% in long-haul. It commissioned the research as it is concerned that growth at Heathrow could negatively impact the space Birmingham has to grow its own long-haul and business flight offering, which it says is crucial for the economy of the Midlands.
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Old January 31st, 2015, 03:49 PM   #485
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Frontier A320 at Birmingham, England

Now you dont see these very often at BHX, maybe BHM

This is an Ex Monarch Airlines A320 being seen by MAEL on its way to the USA.


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Old February 1st, 2015, 10:17 PM   #486
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Scary "Crosswind" landings at BHX in January 2015

Scary stuff, BHX should be in the top ten most "scariest" landings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KPdbKVR910
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 11:25 AM   #487
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Scary stuff, BHX should be in the top ten most "scariest" landings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KPdbKVR910
I'm pretty sure the EK B777 underwent heavy landing checks based on that footage.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 10:43 PM   #488
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I'm pretty sure the EK B777 underwent heavy landing checks based on that footage.

Your telling me, just shows what a mighty beast the 777 is.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 10:47 PM   #489
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ICELANDAIR is coming to BHX on Thursday 5th February 2015

Operating 2 flights per week between BHX and Keflavik and increases during some school holidays.

Apparently Thursdays inaugural flight will be operated by TF-FIU which is the one with the aurora special livery.


Cant wait. Another new airline coming to BHX
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 10:58 PM   #490
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Old February 4th, 2015, 06:34 PM   #491
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Hope to be @ BHX to get some pictures of that Icelandair livery and the water cannon salute.
As for them crosswind landings wow that 777 didn't half hit the deck with a bump.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 10:42 PM   #492
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Here she is folks.


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Old February 6th, 2015, 04:46 PM   #493
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Probably a question that has been asked before, but why isn't the runway flat?
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Old February 6th, 2015, 10:45 PM   #494
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BHX Runway

This is a strange one becouse from other angles, BHX runway is flat.
Given that the runway is over 3000m, those undulations don't look very big. I doubt they had much to do with the landings in the video.

It's hard to make something that long completely flat. The FAA has advisory circulars for all sorts of stuff in and around an airport. One does cover flatness.

Vertical curves for longitudinal grade changes are parabolic. The length of the vertical curve is a minimum of 300 feet (91 m) for each 1.0 percent of change. A vertical curve is not necessary when the grade change is less than 0.40 percent.

But yeah, i agree from some angles, the runway looks totally up and down.
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Old February 7th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #495
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Old February 9th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #497
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I know Emirates paid a significant amount in the upgrade of the Terminal building at BHX, but how come Qatar and Etihad have not yet attempted to fly in to BHX? Is there possibly an agreement with emirates to not allow direct competition?
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Do the Emirates flights at BHX always occupy the same gates? I see the emirates planes always on the same gate when I pass by on the train from New street to London every 2 weeks. Does it change if the flights are delayed?
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Do the Emirates flights at BHX always occupy the same gates? I see the emirates planes always on the same gate when I pass by on the train from New street to London every 2 weeks. Does it change if the flights are delayed?
As far as i am aware Emirates made NO contribution to the upgrade of BHX over the past few years, this was all paid for by the airport itself and the various investment funds who own it. Emirates did however build there dedicated lounge within the main terminal area. On most days the EK 777s do normally goto the same gate, however if this is not possible there are a few other gates that could take a 777-300ER.

As for Qatar and Ethihad, Qatar announced BHX as there next UK destination about 3 years ago, however they went to Edinburgh. They also may have been put off by Air India launching direct flights from BHX and now with Emirates launching a third daily flight from BHX in August, will it put them off or make them sit up and take note. There is a Rumour going around BHX at the moment that Qatar will announce BHX later this year for a 2016 start ??????/
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BHX-Gothenburg

Danish Sun Air to take over Gothenburg - Birmingham
BMI Regional announced last week that they will pull off the GOT-BHX route as of S15. Now Sun Air operating with a BA prefix will operate the route out from GOT

- See more at: http://www.emtonica.com/news/danish-....vS0lMqwt.dpuf
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