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Fri 8 Feb 2013 09:43 AM

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BA eyes Kuwait route capacity upgrade

UK carrier says it plans to increase seats by adding Boeing 747 on route to Gulf country

BA eyes Kuwait route capacity upgrade

British Airways has announced plans to increase summer capacity on its Kuwait route by more than 20 percent as part of the airline's ongoing investment in the country and the Middle East.

The increase in capacity has been made possible by the replacement of the Boeing 777 currently used on the route to a larger Boeing 747.

Paolo De Renzis, area commercial manager, Middle East and Central Asia, said: "Kuwait remains a key market for British Airways, where we have seen solid growth. We are always looking for ways to further enhance our offering to and from Kuwait and so we are delighted to be able to grow our operations here further with greater summer capacity."

He added: "The current winter season has been one of our best and we have invested in our Middle East routes as a result.

"This is one of the most prosperous regions in the world and has a healthy state of finances, which makes it an attractive destination for business and leisure travellers.

"This is reflected in the increased demand for travel to the Middle East, to which we have responded with an increase in our flights and capacity to the region," De Renzis added.

British Airways recently increased capacity on its Dubai service by using a larger aircraft for the route, and also increased capacity on its Riyadh route by more than 1,000 seats a week.

In addition to increasing capacity on its flights to and from Kuwait from the start of the summer 2013 season, British Airways' Jeddah service will also become daily.

British Airways said it is two years into a five-year £5bn investment in new aircraft, smarter cabins and lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

British Airways flies to more than 175 destinations from London.

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