Bmi has made its first foray into the medium-haul market, launching a daily service between London Heathrow and Moscow Domodedovo Airport with Russian carrier Transaero as its new codeshare partner.

The service heralds the introduction of bmi's new business-class product for its Airbus A320s, which will be rolled out as additional medium-haul destinations are added. The product features new leather seats with a 41in (104cm) seat pitch and improved in-flight service, including a personal in-flight DVD player.

"Moscow is part of a portfolio of potential destinations," says bmi chief executive Nigel Turner. Cairo is in the carrier's sights, says Turner, who intends to attend UK/Egypt government talks in a bid to gain access to the city. Manchester to Moscow is another proposed route, as well as Heathrow to Yekaterinburg, Novosibiersk and St Petersburg. Bmi also has begun placing its code on Transaero's London service.

Source: Airline Business