November 5: Travelweekly.co.uk reports that UK airline bmibaby is to cut its 737 fleet from 17 Boeing 737s to just 12 in order to “focus its activities and efforts on routes where there are clear indications and prospects for future growth and development.”
The airline was acquired by German carrier Lufthansa in June, when it successfully bought parent company bmi in a £223m takeover. Up to 44 pilot and 67 cabin crew jobs at Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff airports will be “at risk of redundancy” as the low-cost carrier concentrates its activities at Nottingham East Midlands Airport.
“The aviation industry is facing its toughest time ever,” said Managing Director Crawford Rix. “It is experiencing record losses and remedial action has to be taken – bmibaby is no exception to this.”