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BA sees increased demand for premium flights

BA sees increased demand for premium flights

British Airways carried more passengers in September 2010 than during the same month in 2009, the carrier has revealed, with its premium cabins proving to be particularly popular.

Its latest traffic and capacity statistics indicate that last month saw an annual increase of 4.3 percent in premium traffic, while bookings for non-premium seats rose by 0.7 percent.

At the same time, BA witnessed a passenger load factor increase of 0.9 percent over last year, at 82.4 percent.

September turned out to be a busy month for the British flag carrier, thanks in part to the significant progress made towards its planned merger with Iberia, which is currently scheduled for completion before the end of the year.

As well as members of the new joint board, BA and Iberia signed a business agreement with American Airlines that will see the three airlines cooperating on flights across the Atlantic.

Last month also saw the airline announce additional flights to Tokyo, with a route to Haneda Airport set to commence daily operations in February.

It is hoped that the five-a-week service from London Heathrow Airport will help open up Japan to UK visitors.