Dine in Style on the Ground or in the Air - bmi to Launch Lounge Dining and Night-Time Supper Service

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Dine before you fly in stylish surroundings at bmi's new international lounge, bmi Number One Heathrow, or enjoy a lighter meal or nightcap in the air. New dining service for Business Class customers travelling on the night flights from London Heathrow to Moscow and Tel Aviv launched 1 July 2009.

Bmi, the number one airline out of London Heathrow's Terminal 1, will launch a pre-flight Lounge Dining service for Business Class customers flying on bmi's evening flights to Moscow and Tel Aviv. Customers with flights to Tel Aviv or Moscow can enjoy three-course meals in the new bmi international lounge - bmi Number One Heathrow before they fly, meaning that they can then relax or sleep on the flight without being disturbed for meals. Once on board, customers can also choose a lighter meal or a nightcap from bmi's new Night-Time Supper menu.

The move comes as bmi continues to improve services and benefits for those travelling for in Business Class whether for business or pleasure. Earlier this month, bmi opened its flagship international lounge bmi Number One Heathrow which offers a quintessentially British environment in which to work, relax, dine and refresh.

Lounge Dining will be available daily to all customers using the international lounge from 8.30pm and is ideal for customers who are taking the night-time flights to Tel Aviv and Moscow, or connecting via London Heathrow. Customers taking advantage of the pre-flight dining can start with steaming hot soup served fresh from bmi's bespoke AGA. Followed by macaroni cheese, salads, dressed with Mark Hix salad dressings, created by the reknowned English chef, or hot salt beef bagels with rye and pickles. The perfect finish to the pre-flight dining is a selection of Mark Hix ice-cream, exclusively available in the bmi international lounge and onboard. Round off supper with a generous pot of either 'Credit Crunch' (caramel and honeycomb chocolate) or Blueberry and Dorset Honey flavours. In addition, the bmi pub 'The Local' will be open, serving champagne, English rosé Wine, Pimms and Fullers London Pride, as well as brandies and whiskeys for a pre-flight nightcap.

Once on board, customers can then either go straight to sleep without being disturbed - only being woken 30 minutes before landing or enjoy the Night-Time Supper menu in subdued lighting. The Night-Time Supper menu boasts light and comforting dishes such as duck and potato hash with gooseberry chutney or salmon fishcake with baby spinach and parsley sauce. For those who would just like a sweet treat or a nightcap then Mark Hix ice cream will be available onboard or the ultimate comforter drink - hot chocolate served with marshmallows.

Lounge dining is available after 8.30pm in bmi Number One Heathrow to Business Class customers, Gold and Silver Diamond Club and Star Alliance Gold members travelling to bmi international destinations.

Located above Gate 5 in Terminal 1, bmi Number One Heathrow has a unique layout. It does not feature a reception desk - instead customers are welcomed inside by members of the Lounge Team. The space is divided into informal zones that cater to the varying needs of the international traveller - the emphasis being on providing a sense of comfort and familiarity.

Lounge Dining is the latest in a series of benefits from bmi. The airline recently expanded its Chauffeur Drive and opened a new Premium Check-in area at London Heathrow's Terminal 1 to provide a fast and hassle free check-in service for Business Class and Premium Economy customers as well as bmi Gold and Silver Diamond Club and Star Alliance Gold members.

bmi is the only airline at London Heathrow to offer Business Class customers a 30 minute check-in promise, enabling them to arrive at check-in as little as 30 minutes before their flight departs with the guarantee that they will make their flight.

All bmi flights operate from London Heathrow Terminal 1 - the home of bmi.

  • bmi is the second largest airline at London Heathrow, one of the world's leading international hub airports. From London Heathrow bmi operates to Aberdeen; Addis Ababa; Aleppo; Almaty; Amman; Amsterdam; Baku; Beirut; Belfast City; Bishkek; Brussels; Cairo; Damascus; Dammam; Dublin; Edinburgh; Freetown; Glasgow; Hanover; Jeddah; Khartoum; Kiev; London Heathrow; Manchester; Moscow Domodedovo; Palma Mallorca; Riyadh; Tbilisi; Tehran; Tel Aviv; Venice; and Yerevan.

In addition bmi regional operates to and from Aberdeen; Birmingham; Brussels; Cologne; Copenhagen; East Midlands; Edinburgh; Esbjerg; Glasgow; Groningen; Leeds Bradford; Lyon; Manchester; Norwich; Zurich.

  • bmi is a member of Star Alliance, established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach and a smooth travel experience. Star Alliance received the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award in 2008 and was voted Best Airline Alliance by Business Traveller Magazine in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and by Skytrax in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. The members are Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 17,000 daily flights to 916 destinations in 160 countries.

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