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VLM Airlines to restore its route to Birmingham

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VLM Airlines (flyvlm) will add the seasonal daily Antwerp – Birmingham route on March 26 until October 27, 2018. This is a resumption for the airline.

This is the second UK route for the company.

Top Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLI (msn 20226) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 940791.

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Cobalt is coming to Paris CDG and Birmingham

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Cobalt Aero is adding two new routes for the winter season. The Cypriot carrier will add the Larnaca – Paris (CDG) route on December 4, 2016 and Larnaca – Birmingham on December 10, 2016.

Copyright Photo: Cobalt Air (cobalt-aero) Airbus A320-232 5B-DCR (msn 928) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933645.

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Former Monarch Airlines Airbus A330-200 finds a new home

Flynas (Nasair) (Saudi Arabia)(Eaglexpress Air Charter) Airbus A330-243 G-SMAN (9M-AZL) (msn 261) BHX (Ian Bowley). Image: 930023.

Monarch Airlines’ former Airbus A330-243 G-SMAN (msn 261) has found a new home. G-SMAN arrived back at Birmingham from Cambridge after repainting. The airliner will become 9M-AZL
with Eaglexpress Air Charter who will operate it on behalf of flynas.

Copyright Photo: Ian Bowley/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Wizz Air to launch two new routes to Birmingham

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) will launch the two new routes to Birmingham (UK). The twice-weekly Warsaw – Birmingham route will be started on September 14 followed the next day by twice-weekly Budapest -Birmingham service according to Airline Route.

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Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 F-WWIA (msn 6614) (delivered as HA-LYQ) departs Toulouse wearing the new 2015 livery.

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Monarch retires its last Airbus A330, becomes a completely scheduled airline

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) officially retired its last Airbus A330 from revenue service on April 30. The last flight, operated by the pictured Airbus A330-243 G-EOMA (msn 265), was a short trip between the carrier’s two bases of London Gatwick and Birmingham and arrived to the signature water canon salute. Collectively, the A330 racked up over 30 million miles for the UK carrier. But as one door closes, another opens. The ending of A330 operations marked the beginning of a new age for Monarch, as it has completed it’s transition to a fully scheduled airline.

The airline said through it’s Facebook page on April 30:

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“Today the last remaining Airbus A330 in Monarch’s fleet operated its last flight for the airline, leaving the London Gatwick airport at 2.20 pm (1420) and landing at Birmingham Airport at 3.20 pm (1520).

This special day also marks a new chapter for us, as we become a completely scheduled airline.

We are very excited to see what the future holds and look forward to flying you to the best city and sun destinations in Europe!”

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. G-EOMA lands at Geneva prior to the last flight.

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Boeing 757-2K2 G-TCSX is painted for a Four Seasons Private Jet Experience

TAG Aviation (UK) (Limited is operating this Boeing 757-2K2 WL registered G-TCSX (msn 26330) on an around-the-world VIP charter tour from March 16 through April 8, 2015.

The company describes the VIP tour:

The Four Seasons Private Jet Experience comes to life through a variety of extraordinary itineraries that crisscross the globe and allow you to discover up to 10 international destinations on a single private jet journey. Whether you want to travel around the world or delve into the cultural life of a specific region, your adventure awaits.

Top Copyright Photo: Ian Bowley/AirlinersGallery.com. G-TCSX departs from Birmingham.

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VLM expands again with new routes, from Ireland to Italy

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) is expanding again. As previously reported, the carrier will start Rotterdam-Hamburg flights on April 13 and Antwerp-Hamburg service on April 20.

This will now be followed on April 27 with new routes from Birmingham and London (Luton) to Waterford, Ireland.

Starting on May 1 the newly revitalized airline will add four new routes from Liege, namely to Avignon, Bologna, Nice and Venice.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 (Fokker 50) OO-VLX (msn 20177) sits at Rotterdam between flights.

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Emirates to add a third daily flight to Birmingham

Emirates (Dubai) has announced a third daily service to Birmingham Airport, becoming the first airline to offer a direct First Class service to the region.

Commencing on Saturday August 1, 2015, Emirates flight EK 41, operated by a Boeing 777-300 ER, will depart Dubai International Airport at 0235 and arrive in Birmingham at 0705. The outbound flight, EK 42, will depart Birmingham Airport at 0910 and arrive in Dubai at 1910. The additional service adds seven more inbound flights a week to Birmingham, increasing passenger and cargo capacity on the route by 42 percent.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-31H ER A6-EBK (msn 34481) holds short of the runway at London Gatwick Airport.

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American Airlines to add two new Boeing 757 routes from New York JFK next summer to Birmingham and Edinburgh

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is adding two Boeing 757-200 summer seasonal routes from New York (JFK) to both Birmingham and Edinburgh in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2015. Both routes will be operated on a daily basis.

Update: American formally announced the new Birmingham flights on November 3 with this statement:

American Airlines customers will soon have access to a new destination when Birmingham, England (BHX) joins the network of the world’s largest airline.

New daily service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International (JFK) is scheduled to begin May 7 with a Boeing 757. Customers may begin booking travel on these flights now. Birmingham will be American’s fifth destination in the United Kingdom.

Flights leave JFK at 7 p.m. (1900) daily, arriving in Birmingham at 7:10 a.m. (0710). Flights from Birmingham will depart at 10 a.m. (1000), arriving at JFK at 12:55 p.m. (1255).

As previously reported, American is restoring the Miami-Frankfurt route on May 14, 2015 with Boeing 767-300s.

In other news, American will end Dallas/Fort Worth-Rio de Janeiro service on February 21, 2015 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 757-223 N187AN (msn 32381) arrives in New York (JFK).

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The NTSB blames the crew for the crash of UPS flight 1354 at Birmingham, Alabama

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The National Transportation Safety Board determined that UPS flight 1354 crashed because the crew continued an unstabilized approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, the crew failed to monitor the altitude and inadvertently descended below the minimum descent altitude when the runway was not yet in sight.

The board also found that the flight crew’s failure to properly configure the on-board flight management computer, the first officer’s failure to make required call-outs, the captain’s decision to change the approach strategy without communicating his change to the first officer, and flight crew fatigue all contributed to the accident.

The airplane, an Airbus A300-600, crashed in a field short of runway 18 in Birmingham on August 14, 2013, at 4:47 a.m. The captain and first officer, the only people aboard, both lost their lives, and the airplane was destroyed by the impact and a post-crash fire. The flight originated from UPS’s hub in Louisville, Kentucky.

“An unstabilized approach is a less safe approach,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. “When an approach is unstable, there is no shame in playing it safe by going around and trying again.”

The NTSB determined that because the first officer did not properly program the flight management computer, the autopilot was not able to capture and fly the desired flight path onto runway 18. When the flight path was not captured, the captain, without informing the first officer, changed the autopilot mode and descended at a rate that violated UPS’s stabilized approach criteria once the airplane descended below 1,000 feet above the airport elevation.

As a result of this accident investigation, the NTSB made recommendations to the FAA, UPS, the Independent Pilots Association and Airbus. The recommendations address safety issues identified in the investigation, including ensuring that operations and training materials include clear language requiring abandoning an unstable approach; the need for recurrent dispatcher training that includes both dispatchers and flight crews; the need for all relevant weather information to be provided to pilots in dispatch and enroute reports; opportunities for improvement in fatigue awareness and management among pilots and operators; the need for increased awareness among pilots and operators of the limitations of terrain awareness and warning systems — and for procedures to assure safety given these limitations.

A synopsis of the NTSB report is available at: http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/2013/birmingham_al/birmingham_al.html

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. N155UP is pictured on the cargo ramp at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport before the tragic accident. Airbus A300F4-622R N155UP (msn 841) crashed on August 14, 2013 while on approach from the north to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham, Alabama. The crew was operating cargo flight 5X 1354 from the Louisville hub to Birmingham. The two crew members were tragically killed in the crash.