About Airline

British Midland International AirwaysBritish Midland International Airlines (BD) styles as bmi. It is one of the world's busiest airlines with its base at Donington Hall in Castle Donington, United Kingdom. The airline is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa. British Midland International Airlines flies to destinations in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, from their main hub in the London Heathrow Airport. Here at Heathrow Airport, the airline holds 11 percent of all its takeoff and landing slots and operates more than 2,000 flights per week.

Destination & Services

The destination to which British Midland International Airlines flies to, include Aberdeen, Addis Ababa, Almaty, Amman, Baku, Base/Mulhouse Beirut, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Birmingham, Bishkek, Cairo, Casablanca, Damascus, Dammam, Dresden, Dublin, Edinburg, Frankfurt, Freetown, Hamburg, Hanover, Jeddah, Khartoum, London, Manchester, Marrakech, Milan, Moscow, Riyadh, Stavanger, Tbilisi, Tehran, Tripoli, Vienna, and Yerevan. Passengers travelling in Economy Class within Western Europe, or within United Kingdom, to and from London Heathrow, can take advantage of buy on board programme which offers drinks and light snacks for purchase. All flights to and from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Moscow have free meal and drink services for all classes.


As of January, 2011, the fleet of British Midland International Airlines consists of 28 aircrafts with an average age of 7.1 years. The fleet includes 11 Airbus A319-100, 7 Airbus A320-200, 7 Airbus A321-200, 2 Airbus A330-200, and 1 Boeing 757-200.

Baggage Allowance

The free Baggage Allowance policy of British Midland International Airlines allows 2 pieces of hand baggage in Business Class and 1 piece in Economy Class, with maximum dimensions of 55x40x23cms for both classes of travel. The hand baggage must fit in the overhead compartment. In case of free baggage allowance for hold baggage (Hold baggage is checked in and carried in the hold of the plane), unlimited pieces are allowed in Business Class, but the total weight must not exceed 30 kilograms. In an Economy Class, it is again unlimited pieces of baggage, with a total weight limit of 20 kilograms. The weight for free luggage allowance may differ for various destinations, hence consulting airline's website or your travel agent before flying is highly recommended.

Awards & Recognition

The leading airline, British Midland International has been awarded the Best Domestic Airline award in SPAA (Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association Awards) 2010.

British Midland International Airways History

British Midland International Airlines took birth in the year 1949, known as Derby Aviation. It changed its name to British Midland Airways in the year 1964. During 1970s, the airline further increased its domestic and international passenger services, which also included long haul routes. British Midland International Airlines continued growing in 1980s and in 1982, it formed its headquarters at Castle Donington, close to East Midlands Airport. In 1986, it changed its name to British Midland. BMI offered a separate Business Class cabin, exclusive for business travellers in 1993, and became the first European carrier to do so. It joined Star Alliance on July 1st, 2000.