British Airways announced that starting in October, it will begin flying direct from London Heathrow to Doha and Muscat, dropping its stopovers in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
Previously, customers flying to the Middle Eastern cities had to stop off in Bahrain en route Doha and Abu Dhabi en route to Muscat, but from October 30, both services will fly direct, reducing the journey time to both cities by approximately two hours.
British Airways will operate daily flights between Heathrow and Abu Dhabi, Doha and Bahrain and a five-per-week service between Heathrow and Muscat.
Customers traveling to Abu Dhabi will be able to fly in the airline’s brand new 787-9 Dreamliner. The 787-9 includes a new First cabin which has just eight seats in comparison to the 14 seats available on other British Airways long-haul aircraft, giving even more exclusivity and privacy to customers.
British Airways has a fleet of more than 280 aircraft, including the A380 and 787.
The airline’s Middle East destination network includes Bahrain, Amman, Kuwait, Beirut, Muscat, Doha, Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.