bmi the story: Celebrating 70 years in the business of aviation

The story of bmi began in 1938, on the eve of the Second World War, when a handful of remarkable men formed a limited company whose business focused on flying training for the RAF. With their passion and enthusiasm to succeed the original founders turned their pilot training school into a commercial operation in the heady post-war years of commercial aviation. In the summer of 1947 the business secured its first passenger charter flight transporting three motorcycle enthusiasts from Derby to the Isle of Man for the legendary TT races. This fledging airline was Derby Aviation, the company that would later become British Midland Airways and eventually bmi.

bmi the story records the adventures and struggles of that original airline and how it has grown from strength to strength over the past 70 years in a precarious industry where so many others have fallen by the way. The story includes the details of a management buy-out and the hijack of a Boeing 707, but more importantly the persistent battle with the national flag carrier to secure much needed routes. The remarkable success of bmi has been due to the sheer determination of Sir Michael Bishop, together with his partner and colleagues, who for 25 years fought for open skies to give passengers a greater choice company that would later become British Midland Airways and eventually bmi.

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285 x 210mm; hardback & paperback version; 176 pages in full colour plus full colour cover and jacket.

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Author: Penny Olsen

Date published: January 2009

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