British Airways has inaugurated the shortest scheduled Boeing 777 flight. The flight between Bahrain and Dammam lasts under half an hour, climbing to a maximum altitude of 6,000 feet.
Recently, we wrote about British Airways’ four-mile Boeing 747 flight from Cardiff to St Athan. However, this was not a regular flight; rather a final retirement flight for the aircraft. Having been stripped at BA’s heavy maintenance base, the aircraft was transferred to its final resting place. Now, British Airways has launched a new flight which, at 30 miles as the crow flies, is scheduled to take place daily.
Prior to launching its Boeing 777 flight between Bahrain and Dammam on Sunday, British Airways already offered a connection between the two cities. This was accomplished by a limousine. First and business passengers got private cars, while economy passengers would have to share a ride.
According to Google Maps, the journey by car takes around one and a half hours with usual traffic. However, passengers will now have a much quicker connection, as they can remain on board the 777. This means that they won’t need to clear immigration in Bahrain, to clear Saudia Arabian immigration straight after.
A short hop
The new connection between Bahrain and Dammam will drastically improve travel times for those flying between Dammam and London. However, British Airways has taken the decision to not operate the connection as a fifth freedom flight. This means that the airline is not selling tickets for travel on the 30-mile flight.
While it may seem crazy to fly a Boeing 777 from Bahrain to Dammam, it does surely make business sense for British Airways as opposed to paying for limousines. Speaking at the flight’s first arrival, Panagiotis Theodotou, British Airways’ Commercial Manager for Saudia Arabia, said,
“This new link underlines the importance of the Eastern province of the Kingdom and the need for smooth connections to the UK, Europe and the United States. We are thrilled to have added Dammam to our global network and we thank King Fahd Airport for the very warm welcome on the ground.”
The first flight operated from Bahrain took just 16 minutes departing at 22:01. This was just 6 minutes behind schedule. However, the flight then touched down 30 miles away at 22:17, almost half an hour ahead of schedule. This flight was operated by a Boeing 777-200 registered as G-ZZZC. During the short from Bahrain to Dammam, the first flight didn’t actually pass 5,900 feet in altitude according to data from flightradar24.com
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