Bmi will launch a second daily flight
between London Heathrow and Moscow Domodedovo starting October 26.
The airline has served the Russian city
daily since October 2006, but this additional service will firmly position the
carrier as a key player on the lucrative route, previously dominated by British
Airways and Russian airline Aeroflot.
The new service is an overnight flight
leaving Heathrow at 2155 (five minutes earlier than BA’s T5 evening flight –
except Wednesdays) arriving in Moscow
early the following day at 0445. The return flight leaves Moscow
at 1810 arriving in London
Bmi operates two cabins on its Airbus A320
with 20 business class seats and 108 in economy. Business class passengers will
benefit from a 127 cm seat pitch (41 cm more than other carriers on
the route according to Bmi), 49cm seat width and 31cm / 35 degree seat recline.
The UK-Russia aviation treaty restricts
rivals BA and Aeroflot to each operating a maximum of 21 flights a week from London. Bmi has made use
of its partnership with the Russian
Federation carrier Transeaero, which is also
increasing its daily flights. The two airlines will now offer between them,
four flights daily in each direction, with convenient connections for passengers
with onward flights.
Lead-in fares with Bmi start from £247,
return in economy and £1,421 return in business class. When Business Traveller
checked flights with British Airways on ba.com for an outward flight on Sunday
October 26th returning on October 30th, return fares in economy
started from £950 and business class from £1,772 (BA imposes a
Saturday night restriction for its cheapest fares).
For more information on Bmi’s new service
Report by Felicity Cousins