bmi celebrates 5th year in Chicago

bmi is celebrating its fifth year of flying between Chicago and Manchester, England with festivities at the airport and a fare sale on its daily transatlantic flights for travel Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, 2006. “This marks a great milestone in the long history of bmi,” said Denise Harvill, bmi’s director of international sales and marketing for USA & Caribbean.

“We are proud of the service we provide our customers on our transatlantic flights including the extraordinary feature of having a chef on board each flight in business class and appreciate the number of passengers who have supported us thus making us successful. Our future growth includes developing more long haul service for bmi.”

“bmi has provided a vital link between Chicago, Manchester and points beyond since 2001,” said Chicago Aviation Commissioner Nuria I. Fernandez. “The airline has played a critical role in fostering economic growth and provided substantial benefits to Chicago and the Midwest region. We look forward to bmi’s continued success.”

On June 8th, the inbound bmi flight from Manchester, scheduled to arrive at 1:20 p.m., will be met by the airport’s fire department and provided a congratulatory water arch spray over the aircraft. The passengers leaving Chicago at 6:30 p.m. will be treated to a champagne and cake send-off and given a special anniversary gift on board the aircraft.

The special anniversary fare sale begins June 8 through June 16, 2006 for travel to Manchester at $239 each way in economy, $489 in premium economy and $1489 in business class. For $16 more each way, travelers in any class of service can add London and the Scottish cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow to their itinerary. A stopover in Manchester in either direction on the London or Scottish fares is permitted at no additional cost. These are non-refundable fares and require three nights or Saturday overnight stay. Changes can be made after departure for a $150 fee.

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The anniversary sale fare is also being offered on bmi’s other transatlantic flights from Las Vegas to Manchester on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at $259 each way in economy, $509 in premium economy and $1509 in business class.

bmi’s transatlantic service features the Airbus A330 aircraft with three classes of service and offers state-of-the-art video equipment with individual seat back screens featuring 16 audio and 20 video channels as well as the latest Nintendo(TM) and classic PC games. Passengers also have a bird’s eye view of their journey throughout the flight as a result of cameras mounted on the nose and belly of the aircraft.

Business class passengers receive extra pampering with their own chef, catering to their culinary tastes on every transatlantic flight. Using convection ovens, steamers and even a saucepan, the chef (trained as a bmi flight attendant) prepares the meals according to the passengers’ preferences.

As a member of Star Alliance, bmi passengers can earn miles on any Star Alliance member’s frequent flyer program when flying bmi including United Airlines.
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