British Airways is to increase capacity and introduce first class on its London-Jeddah route this winter, as it rosters four-class B777 aircraft on to the route in place of the current B767.
The carrier relaunched flights to both Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in June (see online news June 1), and already serves Riyadh with four-class Boeing 777 aircraft. BA will now also roster the 777 on to the five times-weekly Jeddah route from October 31, which will also add a first class option to the service.
Said Paolo De Renzis, BA’s area commercial manager Middle East:
“The uptake we have experienced during our first month of operations on both the Riyadh and Jeddah route has been extremely positive and our confidence in the Kingdom is demonstrated through our increased in capacity on our Jeddah service.”
Rivals Bmi currently offers direct flights to Riyadh using Airbus A330 aircraft, with one-stop services to Jeddah and Dammam (via Riyadh).
Report by Mark Caswell