British Airways is to subcontract its daily Heathrow-Cairo service to Air Belgium this autumn.
The move is to allow for continuing precautionary inspections to be carried out on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on some of BA’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Air Belgium’s A340 aircraft will operate flights BA155 from Heathrow, and BA154 from Cairo, between August 18 and November 1.
As previously reported, the carrier is also operating BA’s flights between Heathrow and New York Newark from April 1 to June 8, as well as one of BA’s two daily Heathrow-Toronto services from June 9 to August 17.
The Air Belgium A340 in question offers a two-class economy and business class layout, which differs significantly to BA’s seat configuration on the route – the carrier has published more information on options for those customers affected by this.
Note that Air Belgium also operates an A340 in a three-class economy, premium economy and business class configuration, but the aircraft being used here is the two-class version.
The carrier’s fully-flat business class seat is configured 2-2-2, while economy is 2-4-2. More information on the seating products can be seen here.
The airline launched last year, offering long-haul flights to Hong Kong, but these were shelved for the winter season, and the carrier this week said it would not be resuming the service for summer 2019. Instead plans are to focus on new routes to mainland China and the Americas.