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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Cardiff 2017 UEFA Champions League Final Charters

Thousands of fans have arrived in Cardiff for the Champions League final. Up to 170,000 people have traveled to the city for the world's biggest sporting match of 2017, with many arriving on Saturday morning to watch Juventus F.C take on holders Real Madrid for the UEFA Champions League match. Cardiff Airport was unable to accommodate any of the heavy charters, so Birmingham Airport stepped in to take on the extra traffic.

Wamos 747 Champions League Charter flight at Birmingham Airport
By badwolf506      Published on 3 Jun 2017
flight PLM8001 from Madrid to Birmingham for the Champions League

Hifly A340 Champions league charter flight at Birmingham airport
By badwolf506
Published on 3 Jun 2017
Flight PVG9991 from Madrid to Birmingham for the Champions League

HiFly A330 Champions League charter flight at Birmingham Airport
By badwolf506
Published on 3 Jun 2017
Flight PVG9773 from Madrid to Birmingham for the Champions League

Midlands Engine & Midlands Connect | We Make the Midlands


Published on 4 May 2017

The Midlands’ geographical location at the centre of the UK gives it an inherent advantage in ensuring it is well connected to the wider UK economy. 92% of the UK’s population can reach the Midlands in less than four hours.13 45% of British rail freight goes through the Midlands.

Transport bosses in the Midlands are considering proposals to build a terminal building linking the HS2 station to Birmingham Airport. The HS2 Interchange station will be located approximately 1.2 miles away from the airport and, if plans go through, could include a mover system to transport passengers to get their flight.

This could open up the doors of international travel for HS2 customers, as passengers in London may be tempted to go to Birmingham to catch their flight, as it will only take around 38 minutes to get to the Midlands Engine on the high-speed service when it is planned to open in 2026.

Midlands Connect is a pan-Midlands partnership of 23 Local Authorities, nine Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Chambers of Commerce, Highways England, HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, Birmingham Airport and our Sponsor the Department for Transport. It aims to deliver the enhanced connectivity required to power the Midlands Engine, maximising the Midlands’ position as a hub of the national transport network; driving economic growth, trade and productivity.


Published on 4 May 2017

The Midlands Engine is an ambitious strategy to invest in skills, connectivity and economic growth in the Midlands. We were incredibly proud to be given the opportunity to create the official video content for this campaign, including this empowering and triumphant promotional film.

The Midlands Engine is the heartbeat of Britain’s economy Built on a strong advanced manufacturing base and enhanced by a range of sectoral strengths, the Midlands Engine is perfectly positioned to take advantage of economic growth, productivity and skills opportunities.

We will improve the economy of the Midlands and the UK, deliver an enhanced quality of life for our citizens and communities and become a globally recognised driver of the economy.

Advanced manufacturing expertise is the bedrock of the Midlands economy and supports a host of other industries and sectors. We will develop our reputation as a globally recognised centre of excellence. We will position the Midlands as a major UK and European gateway unlocking the region’s potential and will support growth across every sector.

Midlands Connect will develop the vision and set out the long term transport and connectivity strategy for the Midlands Engine.

Our universities and research translation centres will work with businesses to bring forward initiatives to turn our world-class science into new technologies, materials and products.
We will create a thriving environment for businesses to flourish.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Emirates SkyCargo operates freighter to transport exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars from Birmingham Airport

Emriates SkyCargo Flight 9923 (Dubai to Atlanta via BHX & Chicago)
By Ryan Kirkpatrick

Emriates Flight 9923 from Dubai World Tarde (United Arab Emirates) to Atlanta (United States) via Birmingham Airport (England, UK) & Chicago (United States). The aircraft is an Boeing 777-F1H (reg: A6-EFM) is 3.6 years old and has been operating for Emriates SkyCargo since 2013.

Emirates SkyCargo operates freighter to transport exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars from Birmingham Airport
18th May 2017
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has operated its freighter aircraft from Birmingham Airport as part of a new bespoke service for the transportation of exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars to Chicago.

Emirates SkyCargo flight EK9923 departed Birmingham Airport on its way to Chicago O'Hare International in the United States of America, to deliver cars for further testing. Metro Shipping, the logistics service provider appointed by Jaguar Land Rover, partner to Emirates and strategic partner of Birmingham Airport was on hand to coordinate the logistics of the exciting shipment.

The freighter service is part of Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised offering, Emirates SkyWheels - air transportation solutions for high value automobiles. The service offers the safe transportation of luxury, premium vehicles. Airfreighting the cars directly from Birmingham, the location of Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull facility, to Chicago, also results in reduced handling of cars as there will no longer be a requirement for long-distance trucking of the vehicles.

The Jaguar Land Rover cars were uplifted by an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft which has the capacity to carry over 100 tonnes of cargo. Large and outsized shipments can also be easily uplifted through the aircraft’s wide main deck cargo doors. The aircraft is one of the most modern, technologically advanced freighters available, and has the lowest fuel burn of any comparable sized aircraft.

Hiran Perera, Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning and Freighters, Emirates SkyCargo, said: “We have seen huge demand from customers across the globe for bespoke transportation solutions for various business verticals, which is why we’ve launched a number of sector-specific products as part of our offerings, such as Emirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyWheels and more recently Emirates SkyFresh.

“It is a positive development that we are able to work with leading car manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover on our Emirates SkyWheels offering. As a global facilitator of trade with a network spanning 155 destinations across six continents, we look forward to working with businesses across the Midlands and the UK to help them connect with their international counterparts.”

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Airports said: "The Midlands is at the heart of UK manufacturing and the top export region outside of London and the South East, accounting for almost 20 percent of all English export goods.

"Air connectivity is an absolutely vital ingredient in growing this success and supporting global manufacturing brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, which produces thousands of vehicles each week from the Solihull plant, near the airport site. It therefore makes absolute sense to see more exporters using Birmingham Airport as a gateway to the world and I encourage business leaders in the region to support this opportunity to even further enhance the success of Midlands Engine."

Lawrence Boyle, Global Test Facilities Team Leader, Jaguar Land Rover said: "This is another milestone for Jaguar Land Rover as it continues to improve productivity, saving significant time and cost in the movement of our vehicles. By working with Emirates SkyCargo and using Birmingham Airport, we have a hub much closer to the centre of our engineering and manufacturing operations, enabling us to transport our premium products more quickly and efficiently. We are proud to have played a role in making this happen and supporting sustainable, profitable growth."

Tom Fernihough, Automotive Director, Metro Shipping said: ‘’Metro is delighted to realise its vision of achieving global supply chain solutions through local strategic partnerships creating a truly unique, bespoke and scalable platform, with the support of Emirates SkyCargo, Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Airport. We have drawn on our relationships and over 35 years of experience within the automotive logistics sector to deliver benefit to all parties involved, which we will also be offering to other shippers in the region.”

In December 2016, Emirates SkyCargo carried nearly 5,700 tonnes of cargo from the UK, up 29% on the same period last year*. This was the first month that Emirates SkyCargo exported a larger volume of cargo from the UK than any other airline. The total cargo volume flown by the UK arm of Emirates SkyCargo between January 2014 and December 2016 was nearly 190,000 tonnes.

* IATA statistics

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Approach in to Birmingham Boeing 737-800 BHX EGGB

Approach in to Birmingham Boeing 737-800 BHX EGGB


By wmike737
Published on 17 Mar 2017
Approach in to Birmingham Boeing 737-800 BHX EGGB

Monday, 30 May 2016

Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Event at Birmingham’s The Belfry

Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Event at Birmingham’s The Belfry
Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup - Birmingham 2016 from Dave Vickers on Vimeo.

Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, golf’s largest and most exciting tournament took place at Belfry Golf Club in Birmingham, United Kingdom on Thursday 19th May 2016. Mr. Selim Ozturk, General Manager Birmingham presented the winner Award to Naeem Arif. The Belfry is one of the best known resorts in Great Britain and has played host to the Ryder Cup – the spirited contest between professional golfers of the U.S. and Europe. The Belfry has played host to four Ryder Cup events – in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002 – the most out of any course in the world.

Mr. Ozturk congratulated everyone who took part in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup in Birmingham said; “We are incredibly proud to be hosting the latest 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier, here at the Belfry, one of the greatest golf courses in the country.

Turkish Airlines believes in the power of sport to bring people together, inspire fans around the world and encourage people to travel. Turkish Airlines as a brand, will always look to sport as a source of inspiration. This is evident in the airline’s sponsorship of international sporting events including Euro 2016, European Professional Club Rugby and of course the Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament we are all here for.”

From 31st May 2016 Turkish Airlines will increase its services between Birmingham and Istanbul from 13 flights a week to double daily, offering more than 300 extra seats a week from the Midlands.

Double daily flights give passengers greater choice and flexibility, which is particularly beneficial for business travellers. It also means that customers have greater access to Turkish Airlines’ extensive route network from Istanbul to 283 destinations around the world.

The airline has a successful story to tell. Starting with five services to Istanbul in December 2008, Turkish Airlines soon realised the strong demand in the Birmingham region and increased the number of flights in January 2012 to seven weekly departures. Later that year it increased to ten departures per week and in December 2014 the Airport welcomed news that the programme would grow to 12 weekly flights.

Selim Ozturk, General Manager for Birmingham, Turkish Airlines, said, “Birmingham Airport is a hugely successful base for us and we have grown significantly over the past eight years. The double daily flights gives passengers even more choice and with 283 onward destinations via Istanbul throughout the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, Birmingham Airport really is the gateway to the world with our award winning airline.”

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport, added, “Turkish Airlines is a fantastic carrier and partner to have here at Birmingham Airport. Starting eight years ago the service has gone from strength to strength carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers. The Turkish Airlines in-flight product is award winning and extremely popular – which is demonstrated by more and more people choosing to experience the service, reliability and affordability it offers.

“I congratulate the Turkish Airlines team on doing a great job here in the region and increasing passenger numbers year-on-year, and for further committing to Birmingham Airport.”

30 May 2016