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Name: BMED
7JetSet7 Code: BMR
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: LONDON
Country: ENGLAND
Employees 403
Web: flybmed.com
Email:
Telephone: +44 1784 266300
Fax: +44 1784 266354
Sita: LONHQKJ
Background
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BMR-DEC04
BMR-JUN05-A

FOUNDED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
CIRRUS HOUSE, BEDFONT HOUSE
STAINES, MIDDLESEX TW19 7NL, GREAT BRITAIN

Great Britain (United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland) was established in 1066, it covers an area of 242,432 sq km, its population is 59 million, its capital city is London and its official language is English.

JUNE 1995: OWNED BY PRIVATE INVESTORS WITH TIES TO LEBANON.

LONDON TO BEIRUT.

83% LOAD FACTOR (LF) FOR 8 WEEKS.

SEPTEMBER 1995: CARRIED ITS 25,000TH PASSENGER (PAX).

BEIRUT SERVICE EXTENDED TO DAMASCUS & AMMAN. PLANS FOR KUWAIT, RIYADH, JEDDAH & DHAHRAN.

LOOKING AT 767-200ER OR A310-300 (ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE BY (BAB).

SEPTEMBER 1996: BECOMES 10TH FRANCHISE OF BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), WITH (BAB) LIVERY, UNIFORMS, BUT NO EQUITY STAKE. (BAB) GIVES UP ROUTES FOR (BMR) TO OPERATE TO BEIRUT, AMMAN, AND DAMASCUS. EXPANSION TO ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT, & IN 1997, TO BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN, TBILISI, GEORGIA, & TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN.

DROPPED PLANS FOR WIDE-BODIES. 1 A320, LEASED. 2ND LEASED FROM ORIX, IN 11/96, & 3RD IN 4/97.

OCTOBER 1996: (BAB) CANCELLED FRANCHISE BECAUSE (BMR) "FAILED TO MEET ALL CONDITIONS."

FEBRUARY 1997: MUST HAVE MET THE "CONDITIONS" SINCE THE FRANCHISE IS ON AGAIN, STARTING 4/97, (LHR) TO AMMAN, BEIRUT, & DAMASCUS, WITH 3 A320'S (+2 EX-(CHI) (V2500), (RAE) LEASED.

160 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 40 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 2 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

JANUARY 1998: LONDON HEATHROW-ALEXANDRIA.

APRIL 1998: APPLIED FOR LONDON-ASHGABAD.

200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 40 FC & 6 MT) (*FLT).

OCTOBER 1998: LONDON HEATHROW DIRECT TO YEREVAN (ARMENIA) & ASHGABAT (TURKMENISTAN). ALREADY SERVES YEREVAN VIA TBILISI (GEORGIA). ALSO, INCREASING SERVICE TO BISHKEK (KYRGYSTAN).

APRIL 1999: 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 40 FC, 130 CA, & 6 MT).

SITA: LONHQKJ.

MAY 1999: 1ST 4 MONTHS = 165M RPK (TRAFFIC), 299K FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC), 45K PASSENGER (PAX).

JANUARY 2000: KNOWN AS BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) FRANCHISE TO THE LEVANT AND CAUCASUS, WILL EXPAND TO (LHR)-ALEPPO, SYRIA, + 4TH A320 & INCREASE SERVICE TO AMMAN & DAMASCUS.

4 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO MONARCH (MON) FOR "C" CHECKS, ON 3 A320'S.

FEBRUARY 2000: IN 4/00, TO BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.

APRIL 2000: IN 6/00, TO ALEPPO (2/WEEK).

220 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 48 FC, 120 CA, & 8 MT).

A320 (V2500) (1194), SALE (SIL) 9 YEAR LEASED.

JUNE 2000: (LHR) TO ALEXANDRIA (WEEKLY).

MAIN BASE: LONDON HEATHROW (LHR).

JULY 2000: 1999 = 546M RPK (-1%); 692M FTK (-35.3%); 168K PAX (+9.8%); 220 EMPLOYEES (+10%).

AUGUST 2000: IN 10/00, (LHR)-ALEXANDRIA-LUXOR (A320).

DECEMBER 2000: 2 ORDERS (2/02) A321-200'S (V2500) FOR NONSTOP SERVICE TO TEHERAN, 2 PAX CLASS, WITH CENTER AUXILIARY FUEL TANK (2,380 NM). IS LONGEST ROUTE FLOWN BY ANY A320 FAMILY AIRPLANE.

APRIL 2001: 220 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 48 FC, 120 CA, & 8 MT).

(http://www.britishairways.com/inside/wrldwide/partners/franchise/docs/bmed.shtml).

MAIN BASE: LONDON (HEATHROW).

JULY 2001: IN 10/01, (LHR)-ALEXANDRIA-ADDIS ABABA (A320, 2/WEEK)
& (LHR)-ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN (A320, 3/WEEK).

OCTOBER 2001: TO ADDIS ABABA, VIA ALEXANDRIA (A320, 2/WEEK).

JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 244.02M RPK (+5.9%); 1.02M FTK; 63K PAX (+26%).

FEBRUARY 2002: 1ST A321-231 DELIVERY. TO BE USED ON FLIGHT TO TEHERAN.

MARCH 2002: TO BEIRUT (A321-200).

APRIL 2002: 380 EMPLOYEES.

(PH: +44 1784 266300). (FAX: +44 1784 266354). SITA: LHRKZKJ.

MAIN BASE: LONDON HEATHROW (LHR).

November 2002: 1 order (2/03) A320 and 1 order (2/04) A321, SALE (SIL) leased. A320-231 (386, G-MEDD) returned to lessor.

February 2003: In 3/03, London (LHR)-Yerevan-Tashkent (A320, 3/week).

A320-232 (1909), SALE (SIL) leased.

September 2003: 2002 = 1,051 RPK (+31.1%); 300K PAX (+22.2%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPK (M):
200 (ARK) 1,174; 201 (SKM) 1,132; 202 (LUX) 1,104; 203 (ACE) 1,087; 204 (BMR) 1,051; 205 (TRX) 1,000; 206 (CRH) 983; 207 (NOD) 972; 208 (JAT) 972; 209 (ASY) 969; 210 (GHN) 942.

January 2004: Switches its Alexandria service from Borg el Arab (HBE) to El Nouzha (ALY) for approximately 3 months while (HBE) undergoes runway renovations.

February 2004: In 4/04, London (LHR)-Khartoum-Amman-(LHR) (3/week). In 5/04, (LHR)-Ekaterinburg-Almaty (3/week).

March 2004: 380 employees.

(http://www.britishmediterranean.com).

April 2004: A321-231 (2190, G-MEDJ), delivery.

July 2004: 2003 = 1.08B RPK (+3%); 56.6% LF; 266K (+4.6%); 3.94M FTK (+18.9%).

August 2004: In 11/04, resume London (LHR)-Tblisi (2/week).

November 2004: Introduced a new corporate identity and changed its name from British Mediterranean to "BMED," a new logo and a new website "http://www.flybmed.com."

1 order (5/05) A320-200 (V2500), SALE (SIL) 10 year leased.

February 2005: 7 orders (1/06) A321-231's.

May 2005: British Mediterranean Airways (BMR) is a British Airways (BAB) franchise with jet airplane services to the Middle east, Egypt, Africa, and Central Asia.

403 employees (including 77 FC, 189 CA, & 9 MT).

(IATA) Code; KJ - 436. (ICAO) Code: LAJ (Callsign - BEE MED).

Parent organization/shareholders: Pribvately owned (100%).

Main Base: London Heathrow airport (LHR).

International, Scheduled Destinations: Addis Ababa; Aleppo; Alexandria; Almaty; Amman; Baku; Beirut; Bishkek; Damascus; Ekaterinburg; Khartoumm; Tashkent; Tbilisi, Tehran; & Yerevan.

June 2005: A320-232 (2441, G-MEDK), SALE (SIL) leased.

July 2005: David Richardson, CEO.

January 2006: British Mediterranean Airways (BMR), a franchise partner of British Airways, took delivery of the first of seven A321s. The airplane, powered by IAE (V2500)s, seats 149 in a two-class layout. BMED (BMR) currently flies three leased A320s and three leased A321s on routes from London Heathrow to the Middle East, central Asia and Africa.

A321-231 (2653, G-MEDL), delivery.

February 2006: British Med (BMR), partner of British Airways (BAB), will inaugurate nonstop service from London Heathrow to Ankara (Turkey) on March 26th. The airline will operate 6 flights a week, daily except Friday, using mostly A320s and also A321s on certain days of the week. The frequency will become daily on July 7th.

June 2006: A321-231 (2799, G-MEDM), delivery.

October 2006: British Airways (BAB) will increase the frequency on its London Heathrow to Dubai route from 14 to 17 flights a week on October 29th. Currently, the airline operates 2 daily flights using 777-200s, 1 of those flights will switch to a 747-400 and a 3rd flight will operate from Heathrow on Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays and from Dubai on Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays using a 767-300. British Airways (BAB) will discontinue service from London Heathrow to Tashkent on October 27th. The route is operated by Bmed (BMR) with 3 weekly Heathrow departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays using A320/A321s.

December 2006: BMED (BMR) said it is getting a better-than-expected response from passengers for new A320/A321 services from London Heathrow to the West African cities of Dakar, Senegal and Freetown launched in late October. "We do research on route development, and Senegal and Freetown came up as a good opportunity for our airline," BMED (BMR) CEO, David Richardson said this week at the British Embassy in Washington. He said Heathrow (LHR) - West Africa bookings for December and January are "more than we thought. We're very positive [about the service]."

BMED (BMR), formerly known as British Mediterranean Airways, began operations in 1994, and became a British Airways (BAB) franchise partner in 1999. Its fleet operates in (BAB) livery and comprises eight A320s/A321s serving 16 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa from Heathrow. Richardson said the airline takes advantage of underserved markets that other carriers may view as unappealing, often flying to areas that can be described as "challenging destinations" such as Syria and Lebanon or Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan in Central Asia. It always hires local people to work at each airport, because "it gives us a bit of an edge. We found a lot of places we fly to have helped the tourist trade. We see ourselves as part of the development of a local economy."

February 2007: British Midland, parent of bmi (BMA), announced that it acquired control of London Heathrow-based British Mediterranean (BMED) (BMR), a British Airways (BAB) franchise partner since 1997, subscribing to approximately £30 million/$59 million of new shares in BMED (BMR).

"Bringing BMED (BMR) into the bmi (BMA) group, creates a business with a turnover in excess of £1 billion with substantial growth opportunities. The acquisition enables the bmi (BMA) group to accelerate its strategy of expansion into medium-haul markets," group CEO, Nigel Turner said.

BMED (BMR) operates to 17 destinations in 16 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, with three A320s and five A321s. It has a further five A321s on order. All are powered by (V2500)s, as are bmi (BMA)'s A320 family airplanes. It has no overlap with any bmi (BMA) route.

For a while, privately held BMED (BMR) pondered an Initial Public Offering (IPO), but the idea was shelved last year, as its financial situation deteriorated because of rising fuel prices and the war in Lebanon.

Bmi (BMA) said it reached an agreement with British Airways (BAB) that will see the franchise deal and any other commercial accords continue through the end of the summer 2007 timetable. BMED (BMR) CEO, David Richardson will retain his position and report to Turner.

March 2007: Bmi (BMA) is taking a partial U-turn on the paid-for inflight catering service concept introduced in August 2005 on short-haul mainline operations at London Heathrow (LHR), announcing reintroduction of complimentary food and drink for certain loyalty program members. Diamond Club members also will benefit from priority seating. The change will apply from April 2. "The airline industry has been through a period of massive change in the past five years, a process that continues today," bmi (BMA) CEO, Nigel Turner said. "By developing and evolving our products and services, we can ensure we continue to . . . remain competitive in the marketplace." The airline operates single-class service on all non-(LHR) mainline routes with the exception of Belfast City, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow, where both business (C) and economy (Y) cabins are on offer.

Bmi (BMA) is reconfiguring and expanding its regional and medium-haul operations following its acquisition of British Airways (BAB)franchise partner BMED (BMR) and (BAB)'s sale of BA Connect to Flybe (BEE), which was recently finalized. bmi (BMA) unveiled its plans for BMED (BMR), in which it acquired a 99% stake last month through a £30 million/$57.8 million share subscription. "To achieve this kind of growth without the acquisition and integration of BMED (BMR) could take years to achieve," bmi (BMA) CEO, Nigel Turner said. BMED (BMR)will continue to fly for (BAB) until October 28, when it will become part of bmi (BMA) and operate under the latter's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). (BAB) will retain codeshare rights on former BMED (BMR) routes but remaining ties, including livery and uniforms, will disappear. Bmi (BMD) said it will roll out a new medium-haul product "combining the best of BMED (BMR) and the best of bmi (BMA)." Cockpit and cabin crew will undergo a "gradual phased integration" and BMED (BMR)'s front office functions will be absorbed. Turner said bmi (BMA) would "be doing everything possible" to minimize the number of redundancies. BMED (BMR) operates five A321s and three A320s to 17 destinations in 16 countries.

May 2007: Bmi (BMA) Group reported a pre-tax profit of +£29.7 million/+$59.4 million for 2006, nearly triple the +£10 million generated in 2005. Operating profit before exceptional items increased +85.5% to +£10.2 million. Revenues rose +4.2% to £905.4 million, while passenger boardings remained static at 10.5 million, 40% of which were carried by its bmibaby (BMI) low-fare subsidiary. Per its custom, the company did not provide separate financial results for the mainline, bmibaby (BMI) and bmi regional. "This is an excellent set of results. They demonstrate the benefits of our strategic focus on managing yields, using airplanes and infrastructure more efficiently, as well as controlling costs," Chairman, Michael Bishop said, noting that the sharp increase in operating profit was achieved "in the face of extremely difficult operating conditions and would have been better but for very challenging issues at London Heathrow (LHR)." The (LHR) disruptions in August that, according to Bishop, "were precipitated by the poor implementation by the airport owner of draconian new security measures, which materially increased an already negative perception by passengers in using the airport," plus the December fog, cost the company some -£10 million in lost revenues.

The three airlines flew a combined 9.7 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in 2006, an increase of +4.8%, on a +3.9% lift in capacity to 13.6 billion (ASK)s. Load factor gained +0.7 point to 71.7% LF.

Bishop said the group will expand its medium- and long-haul route network at (LHR) "to achieve improved financial results from the airline's slot portfolio and a greater focus on business purpose traffic." Last month, it announced its intention to partner with United Airlines (UAL) on transatlantic services.

He described the recently signed (EU) - (USA) "open skies" agreement as a "long held and hard fought aspiration" and said the integration of BMED (BMR) into bmi (BMA) mainline should occur by October 28.

The company anticipates improving its financial performance in the current financial year and said results for the first quarter are in line with budget. It said both bmibaby (BMI) and bmi regional experienced growth in traffic following the withdrawal of regional UK domestic and European services by BA Connect and its sale to Flybe (BEE).

Bmi (BMA) Group Chairman, Michael Bishop confirmed the March transfer of 51 slots at London Heathrow (LHR) to British Airways (BAB) for £30 million/$59.4 million but said the transaction was not a sale, as reported in the mainstream press, but a condition of bmi (BMA)'s acquisition of BMED (BMR). "They weren't our slots," Bishop explained. "The deal was that (BAB) had a right to cancel their franchise with British Mediterranean (BMR) and operate the routes themselves in the case of financial default, which is what happened, and they also had a preemptive right on the slots." He added that the company did not see any benefit in parting with any of its own (LHR) slots, despite a flurry of interest from competing carriers in advance of "open skies." However, part of the slot deal is that British Airways (BAB) will codeshare with bmi (BMA) on former BMED (BMR) routes.

Speaking during this week's Star Alliance (SAL) anniversary celebration in Copenhagen, Bishop said airlines ask about bmi (BMA)'s slot holding "all the time" and "we tell them they're more expensive now than they used to be." Although the proceeds would be significant, slot sales or lease-outs are not in bmi (BMA)'s long-term interest, Bishop explained. "We make enough money using what we've got," he boasted.

The company nearly tripled its full-year pre-tax profit to +£29.7 million in 2006.

"If you sell a slot, you also have to restructure your business," he said. "If you don't have a slot, you don't need the airplane and you don't need the staff. There's no point in selling a slot for a certain amount of money, then you have to pay so much to reduce the size of your business . . . The only point in having a slot is to maximize the value you get from it." To that end, bmi (BMA) augmented its domestic and "near European" network with the February purchase of BMED (BMR). Bishop said its (LHR) - Moscow service now is augmented by 16 additional medium-haul routes, that will feed its growing long-haul operation. He said bmi (BMA) has identified potential markets for new transatlantic services and that the company is preparing an announcement in the third quarter. The number of destinations depends on "how we can stretch the airplane," he said, adding, "we'll be able to acquire the airplane whenever we need. There are enough airplanes in float at the moment."

November 2007: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) signed a five-year Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) agreement with bmi (BMA), and bmibaby (BMI) covering all base maintenance checks on bmi (BMA)'s 24 A320 family airplanes as well as its three A330s, the recently added BMED (BMR) fleet of eight A320 family airplanes and bmibaby (BMI)'s 21 737 Classics. The deal is valued in excess of >50 million/$72.6 million.

British Airways (BAB) has been increasing its slot holdings at London Heathrow, mostly through the 51 weekly slots that belonged to BMED (BMR), and is looking to acquire one of the four slots held by former partner GB Airways (GBA), which is being sold to easyJet (EZY).

Lufthansa (DLH) Systems said it successfully migrated BMED (BMR) to its Passenger Management System following the carrier's acquisition by bmi (BMA), which also uses the system that handles processes such as reservations, ticketing and inventory.

February 2008: Bmi (BMA) will lease two 757-200s to expand its medium-haul network further from London Heathrow (LHR). In December, Chairman, Michael Bishop said that bmi (BMA) was looking for additional capacity, possibly 757s or 767-200s, to support growth on several former BMED (BMR) routes that were performing well. The airplanes have been wet-leased from Astraeus (AUA) for two years with an option to extend. Two separate cabins will offer a mix of business (C) and economy (Y) service. Bmi (BMA) will use the 757s to introduce nonstop services from (LHR) to Almaty and Freetown, beginning May 1. Both routes currently are served with a stop. In addition, the airline's new (LHR) - Tel Aviv service, which it said is "selling beyond expectations," will upgrade to a 757 from an A320, shortly after the March 13 launch. The introduction of the two 757s also will enable schedule enhancements and increases in capacity to existing A321 destinations. Services from (LHR) to Yekaterinburg and Yerevan now will not operate to destinations beyond, thus boosting point-to-point capacity. An improved daily schedule between (LHR) and Tehran will be introduced, while flights to Dakar will be suspended. "The delivery of suitable A330 airplanes is a little way off and we do not want to delay the range of service enhancements unveiled today," CEO, Nigel Turner said. "By leasing the two 757s, pending the sourcing of suitable A330 airplanes, we are able to accelerate our Heathrow growth and ensure that we can maintain the momentum of our mid-haul route strategy, laying strong foundations for future developments in this important market."

Taken over by bmi (BMA). SEE (BMA).

October 2009: Arik Air (AKI) appointed Jason Holt as its new Managing Director. Holt had been working in London for Arik International, which provides logistical business support and management consultancy services to the carrier, and formerly was Director Flight Operations for Virgin Nigeria (VNA) and BMED (BMR).

Fleet:
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BMR-A321-231

January 2013:

1 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (480, /94 G-MEDA), (OXA) LSD 22C, 102Y.

0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (376, /92 G-MEDB; 386, /92 G-MEDD), EX-(CHI), (RAE) LSD. 386 RTND 2002-11, 376 RTND 2003-01, LST (IND). 22C, 102Y.

0 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1909), (SIL) LSD, NTU.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1194, /00 G-MEDE), (SIL) 9 YR LSD 2000-04. 22C, 102Y.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1922, /03 G-MEDH), (SIL) LSD 2003-03. 22C, 102Y.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2441, G-MEDK), (SIL) LSD 2005-06. 22C, 102Y.

2 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (1690, /02 G-MEDF; 1711, /02 G-MEDG), (DEA) LSD, WITH AUX CTR FUEL TANK. 31C, 118Y.

2 +5 ORDERS A321-231 (V2533-A5) (2653, G-MEDL, 1/06; 2799, G-MEDM, 2006-06), 31C, 118Y.

1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (2190, /04 G-MEDJ), (SIL) LSD 2004-04 31C, 118Y.

Management:
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LORD ALEXANDER HESKETH, CHAIRMAN, ALSO NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF B AE.

DAVID RICHARDSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2005-07).

IAN FROST, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

RICHARD CANN, GENERAL MANAGER COMMERCIAL.

STUART GREEN, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING.

DOUG LEDINGHAM, GENERAL MANAGER AIRPORTS & CUSTOMER SERVICES.

SANDRA WALLACE, GENERAL MANAGER IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.

PHIL MOORE, GROUND OPERATIONS MANAGER.

STEVEN MORRELL, TECHNICAL & QUALITY MANAGER.

 
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