History

Background

bmi regional operates an all-jet fleet comprising 18 Embraer 135 and 145 aircraft. The airline now operates more than 300 scheduled flights a week across a network of 31 destinations in 10 European countries and employs more than 400 staff. The airline also operates an extensive ad hoc charter business and flies on a contract basis on behalf of other carriers.

In addition, the airline also operates routes as codeshares with Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines, enabling customers to connect to two global airline networks.

bmi regional’s scheduled network includes Aberdeen, Bristol, East Midlands, Newcastle, Norwich and Southampton in the UK, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Rostock in Germany, Brno in Czech Republic, Brussels in Belgium,  Paris and Toulouse in France, Milan Bergamo and Milan in Italy, Karlstad, Norrkoping and Jonkoping in Sweden, Stavanger and Oslo in the Nordics, Esbjerg in Denmark and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Ownership

bmi regional is part of an airline holding company called Airline Investments Limited (AIL) Group.   The AIL Group is a regional airline business made up of two airline brands: bmi regional and Loganair.

The Group has substantial scale and reach: 46 aircraft, carrying approx. 1.5 million passengers each year, with turnover of circa £200m. The Group employs  960 people, flying 47 routes across 10 countries across Europe from Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles to Toulouse in the south of France.

The investors in AIL, successful entrepreneurs Stephen and Peter Bond, have a long history in aviation, having previously owned Bond Aviation in the UK and original investors of Alliance Airlines in Australia.

Peter Simpson is the Group CEO of the combined businesses: bmi regional and Loganair.

History

bmi regional was originally known as Business Air, a privately owned airline. Business Air was acquired by the British Midland group in 1997. British Midland sold the business in April 2012 to IAG (British Airways), who then sold bmi regional to SAH on 1 June 2012

bmi regional concentrates on the services that its name suggests. We serve niche markets on domestic UK and European routes which are ideally suited to small jet operations

bmi regional operates the following Aircraft type: 14 Embraer 145 (“ER4”) with 49 seats and four Embraer 135(“ER3”) with 37 seats

The ERJ is a low wing T-tail aircraft powered by two rear mounted turbo fans with a cruising speed of 500 mph and cruising altitude of 37,000 feet

About CEO – Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson brings to the newly created role of Group CEO of AIL over 30 years experience within the aviation industry. He joined AIL Group from British Airways where he was Managing Director of BA at Gatwick Airport since 2013. Simpson was Group Managing Director of bmi following the acquisition of the business from Lufthansa, which lead to the successful integration of BMI’s mainline business into British Airways and also oversaw the sale of bmi regional from a subsidiary of BMI into an independently-owned airline in the same year. He was previously Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, having launched the airline, and driven the successful expansion at London City Airport since its inception in 2007.

2014/2015 HIGHLIGHTS

bmi regional operated more than 300 scheduled flights a week across a network of 19 destinations in ten European countries.

AIRCRAFT FLEET

Our Embraer 135 and 145 jets all have comfortable leather seating, a range of up to 2,400 km, up to 1,200 kg hold capacity and an exclusive service as standard.

2014/2015 Highlights

bmi regional operated more than 300 scheduled flights a week across a network of 19 destinations in ten European countries staff.

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Aircraft Fleet

Our Embraer 135 and 145 jets all have comfortable leather seating, a range of up to 2,400 km, up to 1,200 kg hold capacity and an exclusive service as standard.

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