Be my bmi van

Now in the possession of a workman engaged on the Golden Glen Road development in Ards.

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I wonder what it conveyed in its heyday? It had an NI registration so I assume it was based at Aldergrove or Sydenham. It's a Ford Escort van, 1991 to 2002 model year.

I was never entirely sure what the "i" stood for in "bmi" so I e-mailed them once, asking whether it indicated "International". The PR lackey's response was that it didn't mean anything in particular but made the acronym scan better. Not sure how it was considered better than "BMA" by which they had been known for decades. Actually that used to be on their aircrafts' tails.

Prior to that they were Derby Aviation.