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Nine BMI routes get BA numbers as integration proceeds

British Midland International routes flown between London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and nine European and African destinations will acquire British Airways flight numbers tomorrow, as part of the integration process first announced late last year.  The nine routes affected will be those flown between Heathrow, and the BMI destinations of Agadir, Morocco; Basel, Switzerland; Bergen, Norway; Casablanca, Morocco; Hanover, Germany; Marrakech, Morocco; Nice, France; Stavanger, Norway; and Vienna, Austria.  According to British Airways, all departure and arrival terminals at Heathrow will remain the same, as will estimated departure and arrival times.

On April 19 this year, International Consolidated Airlines Group, led by former British Airways CEO Willie Walsh, bought BMI from Lufthansa.  BMI withdrew its membership in the Star Alliance last month.  British Airways is part of the Oneworld airline alliance.

Also, Virgin Atlantic will launch a four times weekly non-stop round-trip route between Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport (IATA; YVR; ICAO: CYVR) Thursday.  The route will operate in both directions on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  According to results returned by the search engine on Virgin Atlantic's website, the route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  The flight is approximately ten hours long in both directions.

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BA and Iberia respective shareholders both approve merger (Nobember 29, 2010)

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bmi flights changing to BA flight numbers (British Airways)

BMI to be 'integrated quickly' into British Airways (Airport Watch UK)

Virgin Atlantic Launch Flights to Vancouver (Virgin Atlantic)

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Asiana Airlines is Airline of the Year

South Korea-based Asiana Airlines was awarded the title “Airline of the Year” at the World Airline Awards in Hamburg on Thursday.  Malaysia-based Air Asia earned Best Low-Cost Airline.  And Dragonair, the short-haul subsidiary airline of Cathay Pacific, earned best regional airline.  No North American-based airline won first place in any category where all airlines were eligible.  U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic and Thomson Airways were the only European airlines to do so.  However, European carriers swept the top three places in Best Trans-Atlantic Airline (Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Lufthansa).  Asian carriers did so in Best Trans-Pacific Airline (Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Asiana).

Air Canada won Best Airline in North America, followed by Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines in second and third respectively.  (“North America” was defined as Canada, the United States, and Mexico.)  Lufthansa took home the European equivalent, followed by Swiss International Airlines, and Turkish Airlines in second and third, respectively.  (Turkish Airlines’ headquarters is in the Yesilkoy neighborhood of Istanbul on the European side of the city.  The airline’s main hub is Istanbul-Ataturk International Airport, IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA, also on the European side of the city.)

Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways, the only two finalists for Airline of the Year from outside Asia, received fifth and seventh respectively.  Defending champion Cathay Pacific, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, received fourth place.  The overall winner, Asiana Airlines, was founded as Seoul Air International in 1988, and uses Seoul-Incheon International Airport (IATA: ICN; ICAO: RSKI) as its main hub.

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Airline of the Year will be named in Hamburg on May 20 (May 10, 2010)

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