History

Background

flybmi operates an all-jet fleet comprising 20 Embraer 135 and 145 aircraft. The airline now operates more than 400 scheduled flights a week across a network of 46 destinations in 11 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 Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, Loganair and Lufthansa, enabling customers to connect to global airline networks.

flybmi’s scheduled network includes Oslo and Stavanger in Norway; Brussels in Belgium; Esbjerg in Denmark; Nantes and Paris in France; Graz in Austria; Brno in Czech Republic; Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Rostock, Munich, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart in Germany; Milan Malpensa, Milan Bergamo, Bari, Bologna, Florence, Venice and Verona in Italy; Lublin in Poland; Jonkoping, Norrkoping, Gothenburg and Karlstad in Sweden and Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Derry, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Stornaway, Sumburgh, Norwich and Wick in the UK.


Ownership

flybmi 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: flybmi and Loganair.

The Group has substantial scale and reach: 49 aircraft, carrying approx. 1.5 million passengers each year, with turnover of circa £200m. The Group employs 960 people, flying 74 routes across 11 countries across Europe from Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles to Milan in Italy.

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: flybmi and Loganair.


History

flybmi 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 flybmi to SAH on 1 June 2012

flybmi 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

flybmi 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 flybmi following the acquisition of the business from Lufthansa, which lead to the successful integration of flybmi’s mainline business into British Airways and also oversaw the sale of flybmi from a subsidiary of flybmi 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.


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.