- Created on Friday, 20 April 2012 07:47
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Well, today is the day. 20th April 2012. The day BMI becomes part of British Airways, and sadly it seems the day BMIBaby's fate is sealed. There were hopes right until the last minute that a saviour may come forward to take on BMIBaby, but with a fleet of aging aircraft that are all leased, and no valuable slots, all interested parties pulled out.
BA have already indicated they have no wish to continue operating the airline. And after all, why would they? BA already tried the low cost approach with Go, which didn't work for them. BMIBaby don't hold any slots or aircraft, and all staff are based in the regions, rather than London.
BMIBaby will be operating their summer schedule for 2012 as normal. What happens after that is anyone's guess, but the future isn't rosy.
BMIBaby have, in my experience, some of the best staff in the business. Their crews are always friendly, always professional, and really go above and beyond to make every single passenger feel like a special guest.
Their services from EMA are extremely useful, with the Edinburgh and Glasgow flights usually full, at very convenient times.
Who will step in to replace BMIBaby's flights? easyJet are rumoured to be in talks with East Midlands Airport about resuming operations there. With a major competitor gone, they may just be able to make it work, picking up the Scotland flights and the bucket and spade routes.
From Manchester, easyJet already have a healthy base, and they are already moving in on BMIBaby's territory at Birmingham.
I truly hope that the above will turn out incorrect, and that a saviour comes forward to protect the airline and their staff. Unfortunately the chances of this happening are remarkably slim, so therefore I can only end this with one line.