LONDON – As the end of February 2019 approaches, yet another European airline disappears into the history books.

British regional carrier FLY BMI, the surviving regional independent arm of former BMI International which was taken over by IAG in 2012, revealed that as no signs of funding was forthcoming then all operations would cease with immediate effect on Sunday 17th February 2019.

BMI E135 landing at Newcastle Airport

As inside sources revealed on Saturday afternoon that Fly BMI was on the brink of failure, FlightRadar24 showed that three of the airlines Embraers were being repositioned from their European operations based in Munich, Germany and Karlstad, Sweden to be stored at Norwich Airport in the United Kingdom.

The following Embraers are now in storage.
Embraer ERJ-145 G-EMBN from Karlstad to Norwich (flight BM9161)
Embraer ERJ-145 G-RJXE from Munich to Norwich (flight BM9162)
Embraer ERJ-135 G-RJXP from Munich to Norwich (flight BM9163)

3 of Fly BMIs Embraers en route to Norwich Airport

Another failure in 2019

As the year goes on with reports of many airlines in troubling financial situations, the question arises as to who will become the next casualty?

With major German charter airline Germania declaring bankruptcy on February 5th and various other airlines going out of business throughout 2018, there is little doubt that the industry is in a difficult place at the moment.

FLY BMI statement

Fly BMI carried 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights in 2018 which was a minor decrease compared to 2017.

The news is a huge blow as the carrier operated various services from Newcastle, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Derry, Bristol, East Midlands and London Stansted.