1949 (as Derby Aviation Limited)
Better for business
Star Alliance (C April 19, 2012 cooperation is over)
Nagel Turner (CEO), Sir Michael Bishop (CBE)
British Midland Airways Limited, a stylized abbreviation – bmi (trademark, previously abbreviated name was British Midland) – a British airline with headquarters at Donington Hall in Castle Donington, England, United Kingdom,  near East Midlands Airport. Airline flights fly to Europe, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, and the main hubs of the airline are Manchester and Heathrow airports. In January 2007, BMI acquired British Mediterranean Airways, which increased the number of medium-haul appointments.
British Midland Airways Limited has a Type A license that permits cargo and passenger transportation on aircraft with 20 or more seats. 
On October 29, 2008, Lufthansa announced the acquisition of a controlling stake (50% + 1) bmi for € 318 million from Michael Bishop, bringing its total stake to 80%, the deal should close in early 2009 (Scandinavian Airlines remains the second shareholder) [four] .
Currently, International Airlines Group (IAG) fully owns bmi and its subsidiaries, having bought it from the previous owner, Lufthansa. The transaction was completed on April 20, 2012. 
The date of creation of the company is considered February 16, 1949, when Derby Aviation Limited was created. Derby Aviation was a division of Air Schools Limited which was established in 1938 to train the Royal Air Force pilots. In 1949, the company, which included Derby Aviation, based in Burneston (not far from Derby) and Wolverhampton Aviation, based in Pendeford (not far from Wolverhampton), carried out charter flights and cargo flights on De Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft, as well as maintenance of aircraft and lending companies and aircraft and cargo services and services and aircraft and private lectures and cargo flights on aircraft of De Havilland Dragon Rapide, as well as maintenance of aircraft and lending services, as well as aircraft and lending companies, as well as aircraft and lending companies and cargo aircraft operated by De Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft, as well as servicing aircraft and lending companies. services. 
Flight training was discontinued in 1953, at the same time, regular flights from Derby and Wolverhampton to Jersey began. After the acquisition of the first Douglas DC-3 in 1955, Wolverhampton Aviation gradually ceased operations and the only base was Burnurston Airport. International flights began in 1956 in Ostend, as well as weekend flights to mainland Europe. The company also received a contract from Rolls-Royce for the delivery of engines to customers around the world. In 1959, the company changed its name to Derby Airways. Local scheduled flights in the UK were opened at the end of the decade.
On October 1, 1964, after acquiring Mercury Airlines, an airline based at Manchester Airport,  the company changed its name to British Midland Airways (BMA) and transferred all flights from Burnurnon to the newly opened East Midlands Airport. At the same time, the corporate colors of the airline were blue and white, the first turboprop aircraft of the company, Handley Page Herald, were painted on them.
London investment and financial group Minster Assets acquired the airline in 1968, and in 1969 nominated former Mercury ground services manager Michael Bishop as General Manager.  Since then, Bishop made considerable efforts to increase the network of local and European routes, and in 1970 BMA put its first jet aircraft into operation, the BAC 1-11, and then, in 1971, the Boeing 707. In 1972, when Bishop became Managing Director, he decided to withdraw the BAC 1-11 from service and transfer the 707s to other airlines, and BMA acquired the turboprop Vickers Viscount, which were in operation from 1967 until the mid-1980s. Despite the growth of the Boeing 707 fleet, they were not used by BMA on regular flights, as well as on charter flights until 1981, the entire fleet of these aircraft was leased. Douglas DC-9 gradually took the place of the main aircraft on domestic and European flights, starting in 1976.
In 1978, Minster Assets decided to sell the company. With the help of an entrepreneur, a dentist from California, Bishop was able to collect 2.5 million
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In the same year, British Midland and British Airways signed an agreement on route exchanges, as a result of which British Midland Airways transferred its continental routes from Birmingham to Brussels and Frankfurt; BA transferred its routes from Liverpool to Heathrow, Belfast, Dublin, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Glasgow. In 1979, passenger traffic reached for the first time 1 million.
In 1981, the rules governing flights between Heathrow, Glasgow and Edinburgh were abolished by the CAA. After the introduction of these flights, BMA and BA became direct competitors.
BMA with the British & Commonwealth Shipping created Manx Airlines in 1982, and the following year BMA acquired 75% of Glasgow-based Loganair. On December 24, 1982, British Midland Airways received the Douglas DC-9-15 (PH-DNB c / n 45719) from KLM.  The plane made the first flight on December 16, 1965, and BMA registered the aircraft in the UK on February 1, 1983 under the number G-BMAG and the name “Diamond from Nassac”.  BMA used this aircraft until March 22, 1995, and then leased the Intercontinental of Columbia, and later sold it to the Mexican airline TEASA in the 2002/2003 fiscal year. [eight]
In March 1987, the holding company Airlines of Britain Holdings (ABH) was established, which became the manager for British Midland and British Midland Aviation Services. ABH became the British Midland in 1997 as a result of restructuring.
New corporate colors were introduced in 1985. The plane was repainted in dark blue, the bottom of the fuselage became gray, and the inscription – red. At the same time, the name of the airline was reduced to British Midland, the new logo was a stylized letter BM with a diamond on the tail of the aircraft. The Diamond Club passenger loyalty program was launched. in connection with which the airport opened special rooms. The company left the charter market and got rid of the Boeing 707.
In 1992, British Midland became the first UK airline to offer passengers a vegetarian menu on domestic flights, as well as one of the first European airlines to offer such a menu. By the end of the 1990s, the British Midland began to update the fleet on aircraft manufactured by Airbus and Embraer.
In 1999, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), a shareholder of British Midland since 1987, sold part of its Lufthansa package, which was the condition of British Midland at Star Alliance. BMI joined the alliance in 2000, in 2001 the rebranding began. The new name was BMI British midland (however, the abbreviation BMI does not have an official transcript, although it is usually decoded as ‘British Midland International’ or ‘British MIdland’). The new corporate color has become a bright blue, which replaced the gray and white, and the British flag on the tail of the aircraft with the inscription «bmi». In 2003, the words “British Midland” were removed from the title, only the abbreviation BMI remained, despite the fact that the official name of the company is British Midland Airways Limited. The introduction of a new corporate style coincided with the opening of trans-Atlantic flights in 2001 to Washington and Chicago from Manchester on the wide-body Airbus A330. Soon flights from Manchester to Las Vegas were opened.
BMI flew to Mumbai from Heathrow from May 2005 to October 2006, after India and the United Kingdom signed an agreement on the use of airspace. Then the flight to Riyadh was opened from September 1, 2005, after British Airways closed its flights to Saudi Arabia.
In 2002, the BMI Group transported 7.95 million passengers. In 2005, this figure increased to 10.1 million, this is the third result among British airlines.  In early 2006, the Association of European Airlines  announced a drop in passenger traffic, both of major airlines, such as BMI, and of regional airlines (including Bmibaby). Regardless of this report, the BMI group announced  a pre-tax profit of 10 million ft. Art. in the year ending December 31, 2005.
On October 29, 2006, BMI launched a regular flight to Moscow in collaboration with Transaero on the A320 (G-MIDO).
On November 5, 2008, BMI announced the termination of long-haul flights from Manchester in 2009. Two Airbus A330 will be transferred to Heathrow.
In 2002, BMI established the Bmibaby low-cost division, which received the Boeing 737, which was released as a result of the replacement program for the BMI fleet with Airbus aircraft. Bmibaby currently operates flights between the main and secondary European airports, but does not operate flights from Heathrow.
In January 2007, BMI acquired British Mediterranean Airways,  (BMED), a franchise partner of British Airways, which provided access to markets in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Part of the BMED acquisition deal was obtaining BMI slots at Heathrow from British Airways for 30 million ft. Art.
BMI fleet as of January 2011: :