I’m going to miss bmi! I knew it was coming but it was very sad to see the Star Alliance logo taken off the bmi webpage. I moved to the UK a little under a year ago, and bmi was my UK airline, connecting me to the rest of the Star Alliance network. My home airport is Manchester and Lufthansa had bmi operating some of their flights to FRA and MUC, these were true LH flights but on BD aircraft with BD crews. LH had flights to/from Berlin to London, and FRA to Birmingham also op’ed by bmi. I’m a true LH fan boy for sure, but these BD op’ed flights were very enjoyable. Hot meal in Business class, hot pizza pocket or wrap in Y. Full bar options in both cabins (you do not get this on LH within Europe).
The crews were great and I have gotten to know most of them on the MAN-FRA route. I’m told by Lufthansa that they will have BD op these flights over the summer then LH metal and crews will return in the winter book. LH tells me that as they are true Lufthansa flights miles and perks will be given to all Star Alliance passengers.
bmi was one of the better airlines around, good service, good crews, new and updated aircraft. Nice seats, lots of leg room and just an enjoyable experience.
One more down for Star, who will be next? TAP, US Airways who knows?
I hope that all at bmi will keep their jobs!
For any United folks here is what was posted on United.com today: