British Airways will look to gain a further foothold into the lucrative Middle Eastern market when it begins direct flights from Heathrow to Qatar and Oman later this year.
Previous services to the two cities required additional stops: Bahrain en route to Doha and Abu Dhabi en route to Muscat. The new direct routings, which begins on October 30, will reduce journey times by approximately two hours. The airline will operate daily flights between Heathrow and Abu Dhabi, Doha and Bahrain and a five-per-week service between Heathrow and Muscat.
The new 787-9 will be the aircraft flying passengers to Abu Dhabi, this includes a smaller and more private first class cabin of eight seats instead of the normal 14 available on other BA long-haul routes.