April 20, 2012 The final death of bmi, period.
I got an e-mail announcing the death of bmi.
The e-mail stated a couple of things:
1. as of April 20, 2012 (today) bmi is no longer in star alliance.
2. Star alliance benefits will continue until the end of May 2012, except on Lufthansa Group airlines which ends today.
3. members will get equivalent status in BA’s executive club and have the option to transfer miles on a 1:1 basis.
Most telling of all, there was no announcement of bmi joining OW. It’s these last two I find most interesting. This basically signals the final death of the airline as a whole. It appears that IAG/BA intend not to run bmi as a subsidiary airline, like Iberia, but to fold operations into BA.
This is a sad day for both the employees of bmi and for the people who fly bmi. I always maintained that the best possible outcome for bmi would have been to merger with Virgin Atlantic so there would be two major carriers at Heathrow. Now there is only going to be BA and also ran VS.