a last thought.....

Old Oct 26, 12, 5:36 pm
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a last thought.....

Why Fly bmi
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We fly to more than 25 destinations across 3 continents worldwide. From our home at London Heathrow, we offer flights to Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. We also have a well established regional network around the UK and Ireland.
London Heathrow, Terminal 1
Based in Terminal 1, we are the second largest airline to fly out of London Heathrow.
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We offer a range of premium services, which include:
Our Premium Check-in zone at London Heathrow
A 30-minute check-in guarantee
Onboard chefs on our Saudi services
An Arrivals Lounge at Heathrow to freshen up and enjoy breakfast before leaving the airport
Our Lounges
The Great British Lounge is our international departures lounge at London Heathrow, serving pre-flight food, with a fully stocked British bar, shower facilities, luxurious seating and free Wi-Fi access. We have lounges available across our network for you to work rest and eat in before your flight.
Our Aircraft
We’ve recently invested in an extensive refurbishment programme on our Airbus narrow bodied aircraft. Whether you are flying within the UK or further afield, you will find that our cabins are comfortable and relaxing with soft brown leather seating, new carpets, curtains and dynamic lighting throughout.
Our Cabin Crew
We’ve always been known for our friendly service. Our crew and ground staff really understand the needs of our customers.
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Our Heritage
We’re proud to be a British airline and to have been operating for over 70 years. With that kind of experience you know you can trust us to deliver a first class service with contemporary British style.
Our website is designed to make your life easy. Book flights with bmi and our codeshare partners and take advantage of preferential rates with our hotel partners through Expedia, car hire with Europcar and more.
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Old Oct 26, 12, 5:46 pm
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The Proud History

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Date formed
Air Schools Limited
Derby Aviation Ltd
Derby Airways Ltd
British Midland Airways Ltd
British Midland
bmi british midland

Our History

From humble beginnings almost 75 years ago, the bmi group grew to operate over 2,000 flights per week to destinations across the UK and Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA and Caribbean.
The Early Years
bmi began life in 1938 as Air Schools Ltd, specialising in RAF pilot training
In 1949, the company became known as Derby Aviation, diversifying operations to include passenger and cargo charter services
In 1959, the company became known as Derby Airways, changing to British Midland Airways in 1964, when it moved to the newly opened East Midlands Airport in 1965
Throughout the 1970s, British Midland Airways further expanded domestic and international passenger services, including longhaul destinations
The company celebrated a landmark in 1979, when over one million passengers were carried for the first time in a single year
bmi's growth continued during the 1980s and passenger carryings were recorded at 1.8M
The company established its headquarters at Castle Donington near East Midlands Airport in 1982, and in 1986 the airline changed its name to British Midland
In 1989, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) purchased a 24.9% stake in the airline at a cost of £25M
By the end of the 1990s, British Midland enjoyed passenger carryings of over 6.5M a year
In 1992, Scandinavian Airlines increased its share to 40%
In 1993, it became the first European carrier to offer a separate Business Class cabin for business travellers and in 1995, it became the first airline to offer a booking service with payment over the internet
In 1999, Lufthansa acquired a 20% stake in British Midland from the 40% owned by Scandinavian Airlines
British Midland joined Star Alliance on 1 July 2000
The turn of the century saw an expansion of routes and the beginning of longhaul operations to the USA, India and Saudi Arabia
The airline's new global ambition was accompanied by a rebranding to bmi British Midland in 2001, subsequently shortened to bmi two years later
In 2002, bmibaby, a low-cost subsidiary with its own unique brand, was launched
Following the acquisition of BMED in 2007, bmi enjoyed rapid expansion to 17 midhaul destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa
The route network was strengthened further with the addition of more midhaul destinations including the launch of services to Russia
On 1 July 2009, bmi became a member of the Lufthansa group
In 2012, International Airlines Group (IAG) became the new owner of British Midland Limited and bmi Regional was sold from IAG to Sector Aviation Holdings Ltd (SAH).
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Old Oct 27, 12, 2:31 am
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Head to http://www.facebook.com/flybmi and keep scrolling down for a bit of bmi nostalgia. I particularly like the rakish crew in 1988. You can also find a longer history on an older version of the website held at archive.org.

Also, I only discovered this last night (as it's 10 years since the first Sunday flights to the island), but bmi once competed with Loganair on EDI-SYY. Another one for the list of unlikely routes...
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Old Oct 27, 12, 2:59 am
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I never knew about the EDI-SYY route. Thanks for the photo too.
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