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British Midland International
Founded 1938
Ceased operations 27 October 2012 (merged with British Airways)
Hubs London Heathrow
Frequent-flyer program Diamond Club
Airport lounge
  • International Lounge
  • UK and Ireland Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Subsidiaries Bmibaby
Fleet size 27
Destinations 35
Parent company International Airlines Group
Headquarters Donington Hall, Castle Donington, United Kingdom
Key people
  • Peter Simpson (MD)
  • Vagn Sørensen (Chairman)
  • Sir Michael Bishop (former chairman)
  • Nigel Turner (President And CEO)

British Midland Airways Limited known as BMI[1] was an airline based at Donington Hall in Castle Donington in the United Kingdom, close to East Midlands Airport. The airline flew to places in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia from its base at London Heathrow Airport, where it held 11% of all take off and landing slots and runs over 2,000 flights a week.

BMI was owned by Lufthansa, who announced an agreement in December 2011 to sell the airline to the owner of British Airways, International Airlines Group. The deal does not include Bmibaby and BMI Regional..[2] BMI Regional was sold to Sector Aviation Holdings for £8 million in May 2012.[3] In April 2012 it was announced that bmi (excluding bmibaby) was to be fully merged into British Airways by the end of October 2012.

British Midland Airways Limited had a Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, which allowed it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats,[4] and was a 3-star airline by Skytrax.


  1. Our history British Midland International (retrieved 22 November 2011)
  2. "Lufthansa and IAG sign purchase agreement for the sale of British Midland Ltd". LufthansaRTE (Frankfurt). 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  4. CAA Operating Licence