"Bmi is looking for additional capacity, possibly 757s or 767-200s,to support growth on several former BMED routes, Chairman MichaelBishop told ATWOnline at the recent Star Alliance meeting inBeijing. "We are looking for interim aircraft to improve thecompetitive element of our operation to certain destinations, which Ican't disclose at the moment. But I can say that three of the routesthat we inherited [from former British Airways franchise operatorBMED] look to us as if they are capable of almost immediatedevelopment and expansion into bigger aircraft," he said.He added that bmi wants to introduce nonstop services on these threeroutes, prompting the need for "aircraft with longer legs." Theformer BMED routes currently are operated with A321s.Bmi also is planning new routes for its mid-haul network "that willtake us further distances away," according to Bishop. "Those willeither come into the A330s at some stage in the future or in theimmediate future we may be looking for some kind of interim lift tosatisfy the demand." Bmi has five additional A330s on order with thefirst new aircraft expected to be delivered early next year(ATWOnline, July 11).The interim lift could be provided by either a 757 or a 767-200despite the fact that bmi's mainline operation is streamlined aroundan all-Airbus fleet. "Well, you have to adapt to change," Bishopconceded. "We're looking for something in the middle there [betweenA321s and A330s] to give us more range and more capacity. Besides, we[bmibaby] operate 737s."
Thanks to ATWOnline for this quote.
Immediate thoughts are that taking on one or two new aircraft types into the fleet cannot be a wise financial move for the airline, the mainline department only recently managed to become an Airbus only airline, and are now looking at Boeing types again. Moreover any B757s or B767s they they source are unlikely to be the newest or the most reliable; decent 757 frames are being snapped up for freight conversions. Where are they going to employ 5 more A330s? They appear to have been shedding long haul routes recently-but they are rich in Heathrow slots, maybe these will be used for long haul at the expense of short-haul routes.