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bmi regional marks first year of independence from IAG

This June bmi regional celebrated its first anniversary as an independent airline, marking 12 significant months of development and investment. The airline's all jet fleet of 18 Embraer Aircraft flew more than 10 million miles and carried over 500,000 passengers in the past year. .

bmi regional launched 12 new routes, created over 100 new jobs and retained its title of the UK's most punctual airline for the eighth consecutive year.

Cathal O'Connell, Chief Executive, bmi regional, said: "The past year has seen us establish bmi regional as a standalone airline and increase our reach with the introduction of 12 new routes, the opening up of two new bases in Bristol and Birmingham, and announce our first route between two mainland European cities, Toulouse and Bremen. We saw real potential in the airline as a business and that is now being realised as we deliver enhanced connectivity between UK and European centres for business and leisure travel.” 

"We put our customers first by recognising their priorities. Schedule, convenience and affordability are at the heart of what we do which is why we offer high frequency with an all jet fleet, short check in times, generous baggage allowances and complimentary food and refreshments on-board. What's more, as the UK's most punctual airline eight years in a row, we also get our passengers to their destinations on time.

"The past year has been the beginning of a journey for us. The airline now has the ability to chart its own course: passenger numbers have increased hugely, our network has grown by 30% and we now operate more than 450 scheduled flights a week across a network of 23 destinations in eight European countries. The future for bmi regional is very bright.”

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