Showing posts from October 28, 2012

Farewell BMI Airlines ©

                                                      Yesterday marked in the end of an era in the European airline industry as G-MEDF Airbus A321-231 c/n 1690 British Midland BD928 from Baku & Tbilisi arrived in London Heathrow at 1030 operating BMI's final commercial flight, was met with a water cannon salute on arrival, to welcome it home for the last time and into history, with a large contingent of BMI staff meeting the aircraft at the gate. BMI Airlines was fully integrated into British Airways AOC from Sunday 28th October following its acquisition by the IAG Group. The airline has been serving the Irish market for 23 years, after starting on Dublin-London Heathrow in April 1989 with DC-9 aircraft with its award 'Diamond Service' famous for hot on-board meals, British Midland subsequently replaced the DC-9s with Boeing 737-300/400/500s.                                         In April 1997 the airline placed a $1 Billion order for 20 Airbus A320/1 air