Bmi is the UKís second largest full service airline and has its main operational base at London Heathrow where it holds 14% of all take off and landing slots.
The airline operates over 2,000 flights a week with a fleet of 53 jet aircraft which have an average age of five years. bmi serves 25 destinations in 10 countries and in 2001 carried over six and a half million passengers.
Through its membership of Star Alliance, a grouping of 14 airlines offering seamless travel worldwide, it is also able to offer an international network reaching all areas of the globe.
Throughout its history the airline has gained unparalleled experience and expertise in a wide range of operating environments and markets throughout the world. It is however best recognised for its unique contribution to shaping and taking advantage of open skies within the United Kingdom and Europe and for its continued fight to bring change to the transatlantic market from London Heathrow.
Innovation has also been a major factor in bmiís history with it bringing a number of "firsts" to the industry including: - vegetarian food on UK domestic services (1992) - a separate business class cabin with a unique choice of business fares (1993) - reservations booking with payment on the internet (1995) - participating in the Pet Travel Scheme (2000) - all jet regional service (2001) - installation and use of Tempus 2000, an integrated telemedicine service, on all its long haul flights. bmiís success at providing quality products and services has been recognised with the airline receiving over 50 industry awards since 1990.
The awards include: twelve times consecutive winner of Best UK Domestic Airline (Travel Weekly), Short Haul Business Airline (Business Travel World), Best Short Haul Airline (Business Traveller) and Best UK Domestic Airline, Business (Conde Nast Traveller Readers Award). More recently the airline received a maximum five star rating (*****) in the May 2002 edition of Business Traveller magazine for its Manchester to Washington services.
The bmi website offers you the opportunity to view schedules, check availability and fares and book online using your credit card. If you havenít been able to find the information you require, their sales centre will be pleased to help you with any fare quotes and flight bookings.
bmi operate a modern fleet of 57 aircraft on both scheduled and charter services, comprising 3 Airbus A330s, 10 Airbus A321s, 8 Airbus A320s, 12 Boeing 737s, 7 Fokkers, 11 Embraers.
In order to develop and enhance its entire fleet, bmi's long term strategy is to consolidate its fleet on the Airbus and Embraer aircraft. This policy provides the airline, and in turn its customers, with a number of key benefits as it will enable all departments to concentrate on just two types of aircraft which ultimately will increase expertise and reduce operating costs.
All bmi jet aircraft comply with Chapter 3 noise regulations and are fitted with Category III landing equipment, except the Embraer 145s which operate to category II limits.
Information obtained from bmi - British Midland. For more information, please contact the airline or surf to their website at the Homepage address below.