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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

Friday, 29 April 2016

Shakespeare's Airport

Visitors Receive Warm Regional Welcome Into Shakespeare's Airport
8th March 2016

A warm Shakespeare welcome will be given to passengers arriving at Birmingham Airport, following the unveiling of a new installation to greet the millions of visitors arriving into the region through ‘Shakespeare’s Airport’ each year.

In partnership with destination management organisation, Shakespeare’s England, the new artwork is located in the arrivals pier of the terminal building.

It gives visitors a taste of what the region can offer, showcasing the range of wonderful tourist attractions including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kenilworth Castle, Warwick Castle, Leamington Spa, Bicester Village and Shakespeare's Family Houses – which have all supported the campaign.

Back row (from left to right): Helen Peters (CEO of Shakespeare’s England), Geoff Spooner (Chairman of Shakespeare’s England) and Paul Kehoe (CEO of Birmingham Airport).

Front row (from left to right): Emmeline Foster, Mollie Taylor and David Jackson all actresses and actors from Shakespeare Aloud!

This is just one of a number of exhibitions and events which the Shakespeare's England region is coordinating in the region to celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy. 2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of the world famous playwright and this special anniversary year is a unique opportunity to visit his home of Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area.

The welcome will be in place throughout 2016 and has been made possible thanks to support from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kenilworth Castle, Warwick Castle, Warwick District Council, Bicester Village and Shakespeare's Family Houses.

Geoff Spooner, Chairman of Shakespeare’s England and General Manager of Warwick Castle, said, “With over 10m passengers passing through Birmingham Airport every year, this is a fantastic opportunity for Shakespeare’s England to showcase some of the world class visitor attractions that its members provide and which are enjoyed by millions of visitors every year.

“This presence will generate increased awareness of Shakespeare’s England and with it, help to promote the equally impressive range of restaurants, theatre, overnight accommodation and many other attractions in this outstanding region.”

Birmingham Airport markets itself as Shakespeare’s Airport overseas, particularly in China and the US where so many people study and love The Bard’s work.

Jo Lloyd, Commercial Director for Birmingham Airport and Deputy Chair of Shakespeare’s England, said, “Birmingham Airport is proud to be Shakespeare’s Airport, which is proving to be very successful with overseas markets. This welcome not only cements our branding but also allows our passengers to feel involved in The Bard’s anniversary celebrations from the minute they arrive.”

Guests from the region’s business and tourism community were invited to a special event at the airport today (8th March) to witness the unveiling, and were treated to a special live performance from Shakespeare’s Aloud! actors from the Shakespeare's Family Houses.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

(1 HOUR) Planes at Birmingham Int'l Airport, BHX - Part 1 (Inc. Emirates...

By Casey Planespotting
Published on 7 Apr 2016

(1 HOUR) Planes at Birmingham Int'l Airport, BHX - Part 1 (Inc. Emirates 777+A380)
Hi and welcome to another brand new 1 hour video .

My first visit to Birmingham Airport this year.

This video was filmed on the 3-3-16 between 0900-1645, nearly 8 hours worth of filming. (This part is between 0900-1245)

This video includes a few heavies including a Thomson 787 Dreamliner, an Emirates Boeing 777-300(ER), also a Qatar Airways 787 - A new service for BHX, and the one and only Emirates Airbus A380. As well I also caught a few Boeing 757's including Thomson, Titan Airways and American Airlines. The rest is narrow-body aircraft including a Thomson 737, Ryanair 737's (Including their 400th 737 - EI-FRC), Norwegian 737's, Turkish Airlines 737, Thomas Cook A321's, Air France A320's, including one with Winglets, a Lufthansa A319 and A320, Flybe E175's and Dash 8's, a Cessna Citation Bizjet and more!

If you look carefully in this video you will also see some nice crosswind landings, and on a few I noticed I had caught some propeller vortices on the Dash 8 rotations.

This is part 1 of this video, so make sure you check out part 2 which includes the A380 take off, the 787 take off, and a few 777 heavies :D

If you like this video, please like, comment, share and subscribe!

(1 HOUR) Planes at Birmingham Int'l Airport, BHX - Part 2 (Incl PIA+Emirates A380)

Published on 9 Apr 2016
Here it is folks, part two of Birmingham Plane Spotting, recorded on the 3-4-16 between 0900-1645 (This part was filmed between 1230-1645, see part 1 for 0900-1230)

This video includes the Emirates A380 take off, the Qatar Airways Dreamliner taking off, 2 Boeing 777's landing - PIA and Turkmenistan Airlines, some 757's including Thomson and Titan Airways. As well as these the video also includes some of Birmingham's regulars including a Thomas Cook A321, some Monarch A320's/A321's, Flybe Dash 8's and E175's+E190's, Ryanair B737-8's including one of their newest 737's EI-FRB from Dublin, a KLM 737-800, a Lufthansa A320+E195, a Vueling A320, an Iberia Express, one of BHX's most recent new operators, and some newly caught airlines for me including Small Planet Airlines and Alba Star, so make sure you check them out as well!!!

If you have come to this video and have yet to check out part one, then please do so, which includes the Emirates A380 and Qatar Dreamliner landing, an Emirates 777 take off, a Thomson 787 and more!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Birmingham Airport Welcomes Czech Airlines

By manchester planespotter
Published on 24 Apr 2016

Czech Airlines Airbus A319-112 OK-NEM On OK662 Landing + Taxing At Birmingham Airport BHX On 24/04/2016
Czech Airlines Airbus A319-112 OK-NEM On Flight OK662 From (PRG) Prague Landing And Taxing On Runway 33 At (BHX) Birmingham Airport At 12.21Pm On The 24/04/2016

Published on 25 Apr 2016

Birmingham Airport has introduced flights to Prague, five times weekly with Czech Airlines. We sent Radio Presenter, Ed James, to show us the top six things to do!

Birmingham Airport Welcomes Czech Airlines
25th April 2016

Birmingham Airport has welcomed another new airline, with the arrival of the Czech Republic’s flag carrier, Czech Airlines.

(Left) David Vitasek, Area Sales Director for Czech Airlines and (right) William Pearson, Aviation Development Director for Birmingham Airport, are pictured with the crew of the Inaugural Czech Airlines Birmingham-Prague flight.

The airline has launched five times weekly services to Prague and offers a strong network of connections through Eastern Europe.

The Airbus A319 aircraft, with business and economy cabins, was welcomed with a traditional water arch salute from the Airport’s fire service on its arrival into Birmingham.

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Czech Airlines as a new partner, serving Prague five times a week. This direct route, which was unserved from Birmingham Airport, gives passengers the chance to visit this picturesque city, known as The City of a Hundred Spires, for either business or leisure at very reasonable prices.”

Steeped in history, Prague offers tourists a wide range of things to see and do; from exploring the old town and strolling over Charles Bridge by day, or taking in the views of the stunning Gothic cathedral at night. The streets are bustling with traders and entertainment and there are plenty of bars and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.

Commenting on the new Birmingham service, Ján Tóth, Czech Airlines Director of Commerce and Marketing, said: “I am glad that Czech Airlines is returning to Birmingham to connect it directly with Prague after more than 15 years. The Birmingham – Prague service is one of the eleven new routes we have prepared for 2016 summer season. We strongly believe that a direct connection between the both cities will significantly contribute to the growth of tourism between the West Midlands and Czech capital and vice versa. I would like to use the opportunity to thank the airport in Birmingham for their excellent work on the preparation of the launch of our new route."

The Airbus A319 aircraft has a total of 144 seats in full economy configuration or 12 business and 126 economy class. The schedule is as follows:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: arrive into Birmingham 1700 and depart Birmingham 1740. Thursdays: arrive into Birmingham at 1850 and depart at 1930
Sundays: arrive into Birmingham at 2000 and depart at 2040
To book your flight with Czech Airlines from Birmingham Airport click here.
VIDEO: See our ‘6 in 60 Seconds’ video of Prague here

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Emirates A380 kicking up spray storms (4K video)

By flugsnug
Published on 18 Apr 2016

Emirates A380 kicking up spray storms (4K video)
After a fortnight of pleasant Spring weather since its inaugural flight into BHX (Birmingham Airport), the giant A380 arrived and departed in the wet on 15th April 2016, with 130 tonnes of jet thrust providing a great show on landing and takeoff.

It's a long time since I uploaded a video in 4K resolution, so this plane seemed a good reason to do it again!