British Midland International routes flown between London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and nine European and African destinations will acquire British Airways flight numbers tomorrow, as part of the integration process first announced late last year. The nine routes affected will be those flown between Heathrow, and the BMI destinations of Agadir, Morocco; Basel, Switzerland; Bergen, Norway; Casablanca, Morocco; Hanover, Germany; Marrakech, Morocco; Nice, France; Stavanger, Norway; and Vienna, Austria. According to British Airways, all departure and arrival terminals at Heathrow will remain the same, as will estimated departure and arrival times.
On April 19 this year, International Consolidated Airlines Group, led by former British Airways CEO Willie Walsh, bought BMI from Lufthansa. BMI withdrew its membership in the Star Alliance last month. British Airways is part of the Oneworld airline alliance.
Also, Virgin Atlantic will launch a four times weekly non-stop round-trip route between Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport (IATA; YVR; ICAO: CYVR) Thursday. The route will operate in both directions on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. According to results returned by the search engine on Virgin Atlantic's website, the route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300. The flight is approximately ten hours long in both directions.
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