BMI Regional

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bmi Regional
Bmi Regional.png
IATA
BM
ICAO
BMR[1]
Callsign
MIDLAND
Founded1987 (as Business Air)
2001 (as BMI Regional)
2012 (as an independent airline)
Operating bases
Fleet size18
Destinations16
Parent companyBritish Midland International / International Airlines Group (until 2012) Sector Aviation Holdings Limited
HeadquartersEast Midlands Airport
Key peopleIan Woodley (Chairman)
Cathal O'Connell (CEO)
David Bowden (CFO)
Steve Hoy (CCO)
Graeme Ross (COO)
Websitewww.bmiregional.com
 
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bmi Regional
Bmi Regional.png
IATA
BM
ICAO
BMR[1]
Callsign
MIDLAND
Founded1987 (as Business Air)
2001 (as BMI Regional)
2012 (as an independent airline)
Operating bases
Fleet size18
Destinations16
Parent companyBritish Midland International / International Airlines Group (until 2012) Sector Aviation Holdings Limited
HeadquartersEast Midlands Airport
Key peopleIan Woodley (Chairman)
Cathal O'Connell (CEO)
David Bowden (CFO)
Steve Hoy (CCO)
Graeme Ross (COO)
Websitewww.bmiregional.com

British Midland Regional Limited (trading as bmi regional) is a British regional airline that operates scheduled passenger services across the UK and Europe. The airline's head office is in East Midlands Airport in North West Leicestershire, and the airline has operating bases at Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.[2]

BMI Regional is a former subsidiary of British Midland International (BMI), which was purchased from Lufthansa by International Airlines Group (IAG) in April 2012. BMI Regional was sold to Sector Aviation Holdings in May 2012 and has operated as an independent airline since October 2012.

British Midland Regional Limited holds a Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[3]

History[edit]

Operations office of BMI Regional at Aberdeen Airport

The airline was established in 1987 as Business Air and started operations in August 1987. In 2001 it changed its name to BMI Regional.

As a subsidiary of BMI, BMI Regional was previously owned by Sir Michael Bishop (50%), Lufthansa (30%) and Scandinavian Airlines (20%). Lufthansa purchased Sir Michael Bishop and SAS' stakes in October 2009, taking full ownership of the airline group.[4] A restructuring of the group was announced the following month, which also affected BMI Regional's operations. A suspension of loss-making routes and capacity adjustments within the group resulted in BMI Regional having a surplus of three Embraer aircraft in 2010, and the company began consultations with staff over possible job losses. The excess aircraft were leased to other carriers.[5]

In January 2013 BMI Regional was named the most punctual scheduled airline at UK airports for the seventh consecutive year, based on Civil Aviation Authority statistics to end 2012.[6]

Destinations[edit]

As a subsidiary of BMI, the airline operated regional services for its parent. Since becoming independent of BMI, the airline has rented a new headquarters at East Midlands Airport and employed an additional 40 members of staff there. BMI Regional has also announced and introduced a number of new routes during 2012 and 2013, including routes from the UK to Hamburg, Milan, Munich, Toulouse, Gothenburg, Lyon and Billund.

Fleet[edit]

A BMI Regional ERJ-145 landing at London Heathrow Airport, England in 2007

As of 8 April 2013, the BMI Regional fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

BMI Regional fleet
AircraftTotalPassengersNotes
Embraer ERJ 135437
Embraer ERJ 1451449
Total18

References[edit]

  1. ^ ICAO Code - Eurocontrol
  2. ^ "BMI Regional launches as independent operator". BBC News Online. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Type A Operating Licence Holders". Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Lufthansa buys final 20%
  5. ^ bmi restructures mainline and bmi regional operations
  6. ^ "bmi Regional Named UK’s Most Punctual Airline". Norwich International Airport. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "G-INFO UK Register Database". Civil Aviation Authority. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

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