BRITISH AIRWAYS is to increase its capacity to the Middle East by 15% as a result of the introduction of the Boeing 777 to its fleet. Its first 777 finally took off on its delayed inaugural service to Middle East destinations Dubai and Muscat on 17 November.

The 777 fitted out for 281 passengers, is replacing the smaller 193-seat Boeing 767 on all flights to these two destinations.

As more of the 15 777s on order are delivered from early 1996, BA will replace the 767 on more Middle Eastern routes, adding to capacity on services from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Cairo, Jeddah and Riyadh.

Kuwait will be served daily from April 1996, and an additional flight to Amman will bring services to the Jordanian capital to four a week. Approval has yet to be obtained from the Lebanese Government for a fourth weekly flight to Beirut. The 767 will stay on the revised London-Damascus-Teheran route.

Source: Flight International