British Airways is taking its next step to integrate bmi and will be taking-over the selling of nine of the airline’s routes.
This means that the bmi code (BD) and flight number on those nine routes will be replaced with British Airways ones, i.e. the BD123 could become the BA345.
The flight schedule, including time, date and terminal will remain the same, it is simply the code that is changing. British Airways plans to operate bmi’s summer schedule to and from Heathrow.
Customers who have booked directly with bmi will receive an email advising them of the new flight number. They should check in online at ba.com and travel as normal.
British Airways has advised travel agencies of the change and what they need to do to re-accommodate any customers with an affected bmi flight. Customers booked through a travel agency should contact them directly if they have any questions.
For bookings made from today (10th May), British Airways’ baggage policies will apply to any BA coded flights taken after 23rd May. The airline will honour bmi’s checked baggage allowance for any customers who booked prior to today.
All other British Airways policies, including those relating to check-in times, medical clearance, children travelling alone, customers travelling when pregnant will apply to any bookings moved from a BD to BA code irrespective of when they were booked.
Full details of British Airways’ policies can be found at www.ba.com/bmi.
Customers with special travel requirements including medical issues are asked to get in contact with British Airways to re-confirm details.
Customers due to fly on any bmi flight prior to 23rd May or any route not included in the nine routes listed above after the 23rd May need take no action.
Further routes will be changed over to British Airways’ system in the coming weeks and customers will receive emails advising them of the change.
These changes are part of plans to integrate bmi into British Airways for the start of the winter season, with the gradual transition of flights during the summer. During this period, the exterior and interior design of bmi’s aircraft, as well as the onboard experience will gradually transform into British Airways’ style.
From today all bmi flights will also only be available for sale through British Airways, via ba.com or the airline’s call centres. Customers who have already booked a bmi flight will still be able to service their booking via flybmi.com.
The integration of bmi into British Airways will bring customers better frequencies and more destinations. British Airways has already announced that it is now able to start a new Heathrow service to Seoul in South Korea.