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New Kid on the Block

BRITISH START-UP Firnas Airways has suggested it could start services as early as next year.

12-Aug-2015


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BRITISH START-UP Firnas Airways has suggested it could start services as early as next year. The carrier, which is currently in talks with lessors and airports, is planning to launch long-haul services to Bangladesh, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia using a Boeing 767-300ER configured in a single-class layout.

Speaking to Routesonline, Firnas Airways’ head of planning Abdul Roqueb said the airline has no plans to compete head-to-head with established carriers but will instead serve destinations that were previously flown by the likes of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic but are no longer part of their plans. “Markets such as Bangladesh and Pakistan are of interest to us,” Roqueb said. “The recent entry of Qatar Airways into the oneworld grouping means British Airways will be able to effectively connect the UK market with such countries via Doha and would open the door for us to fly a non-stop offering from the UK.”

The airline is yet to select a base, though it is likely to be London Gatwick, Stansted or Luton.

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