bmi Signs Up For Gastronomical Delights

bmi, the UK`s second largest full service scheduled airline, has signed up to become a commercial partner at this year`s Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2002, which starts today and runs for two weeks.

bmi will be taking an active role during the Festival, with its transatlantic chefs judging one of this year`s key events, the “Best New Manchester Dish Competition”.  In addition to the accolade of winning the competition, the best new dish will feature on two very prestigious menus.  The first, on the ground, at the Lord Mayor of Manchester`s Annual Reception in November, the second at 37,000 feet as bmi`s onboard chefs will cook and serve the dish on one of its two transatlantic services from Manchester.  bmi is also offering the winner and a partner two complimentary tickets to travel to Washington.

Simon Gregory, marketing director at bmi said:

“This is a fantastic activity for bmi to be associated with and we are particularly delighted to be so actively involved with one of this year`s key events.

“Manchester is the home of our transatlantic services and each flight departs with a fully qualified chef, who individually prepares a varied selection of dishes for each of our business class passengers.  The tie in with the Festival is obvious and we are sure it will be an overwhelming success”.


bmi began services from Manchester Airport in March 1998 when it broke one of the UK`s longest standing monopoly routes by launching services to London Heathrow as well as services to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Today the airline employs over 350 people in the region and has added Washington and Chicago to its network with a new service to Toulouse starting on 27 October 2002.  bmi can be visited at its new look website at

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