Bmi launches Heathrow-Jeddah service

Bmi has expanded its long-haul network with the launch of a three-times-weekly service from London Heathrow to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The launch of the service builds on a successful first eight months on the airline’s first Saudi route – London Heathrow to Riyadh. Bmi has seen very positive load factors since its launch in September 2005 with strong demand for the business class product. As a result the decision was taken in April to increase the number of business class seats available from 24 to 42 on the Riyadh and now the Jeddah routes. Business class customers on both routes are able to experience food prepared by Bmi’s in-flight chef. Flights from to Jeddah will operate from London on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with flights returning to the UK on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bmi chief executive Nigel Turner said: “I am delighted that we are building on our successful London-Riyadh service with the launch of the London-Jeddah route. This marks a further expansion of our long-haul network from Heathrow and demonstrates our commitment to providing services between the UK and Saudi Arabia.  “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Britain have close trading relationships, and we are delighted to be able to serve the travelling needs of Britons and Saudis. Our service to Jeddah will provide an important link for the development of trade and commerce between our two countries as well as creating an important gateway to the cultural and religious centres of Mecca and Medina. “I would like to thank the Saudi authorities for their support and welcome in re-establishing direct links by a British carrier after a 14-month absence.”

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