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Heathrow to US flights to be launched by bmi

Tue, 04 Dec, 2007

The third-largest airline in the UK, bmi, has announced that it will start flying between London Heathrow Airport and US destinations.

One year after the open skies agreement was reached to permit more carriers to operate transatlantic routes, bmi has said that it will begin its US services in two years, Bloomberg reports.

Speaking at an industry conference, bmi chief executive officer Nigel Turner said that the British airline would wait and not "jump in" in April, when the agreement takes effect.

"We're going to postpone our entry into the market until 2009," he remarked. It has been suggested that bmi is one of the carriers that will benefit most from the pact.

The new US flights are part of bmi's plans to transofrm itself into a medium and long-haul airline, the news provider claimed.

In November, bmi announced that it would be flying from London Heathrow Airport to Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

Joe Evans

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