British Airways has said that it is planning of expanding its network of operations, with an increase in the frequency on the Riyadh route.
“We are pleased with the performance of services out of Jeddah and are increasing the frequency on the Riyadh route, but we have no plans to add any additional flights to Saudi Arabia at this point,” British Airways’ CEO Willie Walsh told a telephone conference of GCC media representatives from the airlines’ London headquarters on Monday. Participating in the round table were Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait.
BA is investing billions of pounds in fleet renewal and expansion over the next few years. Aside from a 100 million pound investment program in upgrading its First class cabin on BA aircraft, a lot of investment is going into new aircraft and upgrading existing aircraft. “Our main focus for investment at the moment is in the area of new aircraft. We have a number of new aircraft being delivered to us this year including the Boeing 777-300s, and we will take delivery of more 777s next year. In 2012, we start taking delivery of the Boeing 787s and in 2013 the delivery of the Airbus A380,” he said.
Since taking charge at BA in October 2005, Walsh guided the company to the achievement of its “first-ever” 10 percent operating margin in 2007-08. He has taken the company to the brink of full merger with Iberia and introduced permanent changes across the airline to bring it through the worst recession in aviation history in 2008-09.
“We are also investing in upgrading the cabins on board our aircraft. We are putting a new ‘FIRST’ cabin on most of our long-haul aircraft and that will continue over the next 12-18 months. That’s a 100 million pound investment program in upgrading the First Class cabin on BA aircraft.”