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Aberdeen Dyce Airport Forum | Whither now for bmi Regional?
Does it have a future, & who possibly would be interested in it? Anyone domestically, or could interest come from abroad?
Who might want it? Well, as the article says there could be a bid or two from outside investors. One possibility is that Loganair, Eastern or Flybe could be interested too, so it could be added to their network. It's the way BMR is structured that is interesting as it has it's own AOC certificate so can be easily detatched from BD and has some handy corporate work that helps. Even Airbus UK use an Embraer on their corporate shuttle provided by BMR.
It's always been an airline within an airline which makes a possible sale a lot easier, opening up the field to buyers who are not airlines themselves. Regional is certainly a lot healthier than Baby or mainline.
There could even be a shock offer, or Lufthansa could decide to keep it for themselves even if mainline is sold off and closed down. BA won't be bidding for it either.
It might well end up as a Lufthansa unit, called British Midland. LH could parcel the mainline up and flog it to BA for slot value, retaining the BD name for the smaller operation. Stranger things have happened. BD could even take on a few mainline aircraft for the non-London charter operations, although keeping it as a profitable Scottish airline would be more sensible.
Moves are afoot for Lufthansa to divest themselves of bmi R. Interesting times...
Ian Woodley...ex of Business Air. Full circle indeed!
And I think goodbye BD to LHR if the comments by the bmi CEO are anything to go by...links to London airports OTHER than LHR. Probably no surprise of course.
Hopefully some positive progress at last to report.
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