Founded in 1949, British Midland is a UK-based airline. The carrier rebranded to bmi in 2003. bmi flies to over 30 destinations in Europe, the Middle East Africa and Asia and is rated a SkyTrax 3-star airline. While bmi is a British airline, since March 2012 its parent company has been International Airlines Group. London Heathrow airport is bmi’s hub. bmi left Star Alliance in May 2012. The airline has codeshare agreements with Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Gulf Air, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and more than a dozen other carriers. bmi planes can be recognized by their deep blue fuselage, contrasted against a bright white undercarriage and red accents on the engines and wings.
bmi offers 4 easy options for check-in:
Airport Counter Check-in: Check-in for your flight in the most conventional manner by stopping by the bmi counter at the airport. This service is not available at all airports, see bmi’s airport information page.
Next Day or Advance Check-in: This option allows you to save time and check-in for your flight up to 24 hours in advance of your departure time via the internet. To check-in online, visit bmi’s online check-in page. After checking-in, you can print out your boarding pass and proceed directly to the security gates if you aren’t checking any baggage. If you have to check baggage be sure to stop by the bmi counter. This service is not available for all flights, so please see the online check-in page for further details.
Mobile Check-in: On some domestic flights, mobile check-in offers a paperless boarding system. Visit bmi’s mobile check-in page.
Electronic Kiosk Check-in: For those who want to bypass the lines at the counter on busy travel days, bmi offers check-in services for passengers via electronic kiosks. Typically, these kiosks contain bmi signage on them and are located near the bmi counter. This service is available at most British airports. Visit bmi’s self check-in page.
Checked Luggage Restrictions for bmi
For those traveling Economy Class, you will be allowed an unlimited number of items of checked baggage, not exceeding 20-40 kg in total, with a maximum weight of 32 kg per item, and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 158 cm per piece. Economy Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. For a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit bmi’s Baggage Allowance Page.
For those traveling Premium Economy Class, you will be allowed an unlimited number of items of checked baggage, not exceeding 40 kg in total, with a maximum weight of 32 kg per item, and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 158 cm per piece.
For those traveling Business Class, you will be allowed an unlimited number of items of checked baggage, not exceeding 30-50 kg in total, with a maximum weight of 32 kg per item, and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 158 cm per piece. Business Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. For a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit bmi’s Baggage Allowance Page.
Passengers traveling with infants are entitled to one extra piece of luggage with a maximum weight of 10 kg, and a collapsible stroller, irrespective of class.
Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for bmi
For those traveling Economy or Premium Economy class, you are allowed to carry 1 piece of baggage with you on the flight at no extra charge. The maximum total dimension of carry on baggage (L + W + H) should not exceed 118 cm.
Travelers may also take items for personal use into the cabin including laptops, cameras, purses, mp3 players, food, pillows, etc. For the complete list of allowed carry-on and personal items on bmi please visit their Baggage Restrictions Page.
bmi Special Luggage Requirements
bmi allows passengers to take some non-traditional traveling items with them to their destinations including canoes, bicycles and musical instruments. For more information on traveling with these special items, visit bmi’s Baggage Allowance Page.
bmi offers 3 options for seating on their flights:
Economy class seating on bmi has a distance of 31-32 inches between seats. Seat features vary between flights but may include adjustable foot and head rests and seat back screens. See bmi’s In Flight Entertainment Page.
Economy Plus Class
Economy Plus class seating on bmi has a distance of 50 inches between seats. Seats have a 50 degree recline and individual in-arm screens. Telephones, laptop points and dataports are also available at each seat.
Business class seating on bmi has a distance of 50-80 inches between seats. On some flights, the seats are electronically operated fully flat beds. Seats have 15 inch mounted arm rest screens and noise canceling headsets, telephones, laptop points and dataports.
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Flying with your pets can be a safe and fun experience if airline rules and regulations are followed. Live pets can only be transported to countries where the regulations of the country permit, and subject to the terms and conditions specified by that country. Pets can often travel on flights with you in the cabin, in the hold as checked baggage, or in the hold, as cargo. See bmi’s Traveling with Pets.
Dependant on the flight, and type of aircraft, bmi offers a wide variety of food, beverage and entertainment options.
Each class offers a variety of entertainment facilities, depending on the flight. See bmi’s Entertainment Page for further information. Food and beverages supplied also vary greatly between flights. Further information is on bmi’s Meals Page.
Airline Name operates a fleet consisting mainly of Airbus airplanes. Their fleet consists of Airbus A330, A321, A320, A319, Boeing 757, Embraer ERJ-145 and ERJ-135 aircraft.
bmi lounges are fully operational in 7 cities, including Dublin, Glasgow and London Heathrow.
bmi lounge access is available to business class passengers, Diamond Club Silver and Gold members, or Star Alliance Gold members. Access varies between lounges, please see bmi’s Lounge Access Page for further information.