The international stuff is done with Airbus 18 A320s, and the longhaul flights with two Airbus A330. ... read more about bmi's inflight entertainment. There are also 9 Embraers, for the tiddly flights.
Business Class The new style bmi A320 seat
bmi's economy seats have a seat pitch at 32 inches - an inch bigger than British Airways, but lack the adjustable headrest wings.
Business Class The new style bmi A320 seat with flipdown table in the middle
Finally, on the two remaining A330, one has business class with a full 80" flat bed with 180 degrees of recline, the other does not.
Noone could ever accuse bmi of consistency.
All seats have a 3+3 in business and economy, however there is a true variable sized business class cabin, which is changed in size by moving a curtain. The seats on the left have variable armrests in the middle. When the row is used for business class, the armrests are moved together for the middle seat, meaning that seats A and C become two large business class seats. Seats on the right do not have this - for this reason if you are travelling in business, always ask to be seated on the left.
bmi A321 business class seats|
There are seven A320 which seat 156, with the variable business class seats extending back to row 8, although in normal configuration they are only used with the first 3 rows as business class. Row 10 and row 11 are overwing emergency exits - if you ask to sit here, you will get 2 inches more legroom.
Business class special seats for the mid-haul A320s|
There are also three A320s known as the "specials". These have been totally revamped for the mid-haul service. There are five rows of full business class seats up the front in a 2+2 layout. They don't lie flat, but they come close, they don't have TV screens (but portable video players are handed out) but if you ignore the terrible colour scheme, it's way better than the unconverted A320 seats. These planes are used to Cairo, Moscow, and on occasional rotations to Scotland - where the unusual seating can wreck your plans.
There are also seven A321 (with three on order) which seat 195 and are comfortable and modern, however bmi is in the process of disposing of this fleet, and exchanging them for the far smaller A319s (probably because the downward spiral in service means a downward spiral in customers). Service can be a bit slow, with only a single isle for service. There is a 40" seat pitch. There are no overwing emergency exits, but there is a proper door at row 22, so you can as much legroom as you want if you sit in the row beind it.
There are eleven A319. This variant is smaller, and has only one overwing ejectable windows - sit here, in row 8, and you'll get 2 inches extra legroom.
A long haul twin isle twin engined Airbus, bmi of course has one of it's aircraft in the old configuation, and one with a new cabin interior. Only at bmi does it pay to work out your aircraft registation, so you can see what type of seat you'll get.
G-WWBD is dedicated for flights from Heathrow to Saudi Arabia, and has 2 classes. bmi recently updated this aircraft, removing the premium economy section and adding full-flat business seats. There are now only two classes of service: The Business has sleeper seats offering 80 inches of legroom and 180 degrees of recline, with 12-inch seat mounted video screens. There are two separate business class cabins: the foremost, with row 1 one to 3 and the quieter rear cabin, in rows 4 to 7. Economy comes in at 32 inches pitch, however all seats have a TV screen. Row 20 is a bulkhead, while row 26 is an emergency exit.
G-WWBM has the old three classes of service, just to confuse you. The Business has sleeper seats offering 60 inches of legroom and 160 degrees of recline, with 9-inch seat mounted video screens. There is also Premium economy (PE) at 38 inches pitch, individual video screen, and economy food. Standard Economy comes in at 32 inches pitch, and a TV screen. For a year in 2010 it was leased to Turkish Airlines, who used it heavily, and much of the wear you can see on board the aircraft comes from this period.
bmi has gone for a rather wacky seatback table design, which will slide left and right to marry up with seats on the left or right - a nice touch if the seat next to you is empty.
Economy has a 3+3 layout, but business is a true 2+2. All saftey announcements on bmi's 757 are done manually.
Fokker 100 at London Heathrow|