The Cairo and Amman routes were launched by bmi in 2007 as part of an effort to improve the company’s mid and long-haul service from Britain’s biggest airport, and Nigel Turner, chief executive officer of bmi, believes the strategy has paid off.
Pointing to passenger number and revenue data as evidence of this, Mr Turner nevertheless expects the routes to become even more successful following the introduction of the new aircraft.
"By adding two further Airbus A330 wide-bodied aircraft at Heathrow to complement the existing aircraft based there also gives us greater flexibility to meet seasonal demand to some destinations, in particular on our Jeddah route," he commented.
"We will also be doubling the number of flights from Heathrow to Riyadh from January 15th next year to provide a daily service except for Fridays."
Bmi chairman Sir Michael Bishop recently revealed his opposition to news that the government had negotiated a new ‘open skies’ agreement with Saudi Arabia, the Telegraph reports.