Birmingham European Airways
Photos © R.Leeuw
Ceased operations: 1992
Homebase: Birmingham, UK
ICAO callsign: BIRMEX
IATA / ICAO prefix: VB / BEA
BAC 1-11 G-AVGP (c/n 114) seen on final approach into Schiphol somewhere between 1989 - 1992.
The JP Airline Fleet 2008 showes the following aircraft
Birmingham European Airwas merged with Brymon in 1992, forming Brymon European Airways.
Gone, but not forever? www.birminghameuropean.com proclaimed in Sep. 2009: "The management team at Birmingham European are working at varying levels to raise the necessary finance required to start operations.
The “BEA” project is an exciting, profitable and niche opportunity, but with the current economic climate our plans are taking longer than anticipated to fulfil.
Thank you to all who have shown an interest in the project and those involved to date." [June 2009]
Wikipedia has this to say:
Birmingham European Airways was originally established in 1983 (as Birmingham Executive Airways). The airline as its name implies was based at Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB) in the UK and operated services geared towards business travellers. The fleet initially included Jetstream 31 aircraft. A Saab 340 was later introduced which suffered severe reliability problems in the airline's service, and which was replaced by a Gulfstream I . Birmingham European Airways later introduced a number of BAC 1-11 aircraft into its fleet.
The airline's route network included points such as Amsterdam, Milan, Oslo, Stuttgart, Newcastle, Belfast and Cork.
In October 1992, Birmingham European merged with Brymon Airways to form Brymon European Airways.
In January 2006 there was news of a new "Birmingham European Airways" being established, once again using Jetstream aircraft to serve European destinations from Birmingham and with the stated aim of starting operations during 2006.
Fleetlist by Aerotransport.org (Sep.2009)
Aerotransport Data Base
JP Airline Fleets 1992
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