bmi Responds to TransAtlantic Demand

27th May 2003

bmi, the UK`s second largest full service scheduled airline, is resuming flights from Manchester to Washington on Sunday (1 June) following a break over the winter period.

The airline is the only carrier to offer direct links from the North West to the American capital and is reintroducing the six days a week service to meet the need for direct services in the region to the USA.

Fares start at just £199 return* and travellers can connect to 39 destinations throughout the United States with bmi`s Star Alliance partner United Airlines.

Washington is bmi`s second US destination from Manchester. The airline also operates daily flights to Chicago, with return fares starting at £249.

bmi`s transatlantic services are proving a great success. The airline is the market leader on the Chicago route, carrying more passengers than any other carrier, and came top in a recent consumer survey of transatlantic carriers by Holiday Which? magazine. bmi was also the only airline to have its transatlantic inflight service rated as `five star` by Business Traveller magazine in 2002.


Austin Reid, chief executive officer of bmi, said: “Demand for business and leisure travel from Manchester to the US has been encouraging, so we are delighted to be able to respond positively and resume flights to Washington.

“There is growing recognition of bmi`s transatlantic services, as demonstrated by the results of the Holiday Which? survey, the Business Traveller Magazine award, and our own passenger research, which shows that bmi is the preferred transatlantic carrier for 73 per cent of respondents.

“It is therefore disappointing that transatlantic travellers from London Heathrow continue to be denied the benefits of true competition from bmi, and we will continue to press the UK and US governments for an overhaul of the outdated and anti-competitive Bermuda II agreement.”

bmi`s transatlantic routes are operated by 224-seat Airbus A330 aircraft offering three innovative products - the business - featuring the airline`s own in-flight chefs, the new economy and economy. Designed with the business and leisure passenger in mind, each product has its own cabin and offers a range of unique benefits.



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