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British Airways to retain marketing share in Tehran flights

London, Sept 5, IRNA - British Airways (BA) is to retain a marketing share in daily flights to Tehran following the takeover of its franchised operator British Mediterranean Airways (BMED) by the country's second largest airline BMI earlier this year.

"We will co-chair the flights from London to Tehran with BMI from October 28," a spokeswoman from BA told IRNA Wednesday. She said the flights will change to carry the colors of both airlines and not just BA.

BMI announced on Tuesday that it was opening sales of tickets to Tehran as part of its largest-ever expansion of its route network to 17 new destinations from London's Heathrow airport following its acquisition of BMED in February.

Its decision was to expand flights to the Middle East and eastern destination, while delaying its long-held ambition to launch flight to the United States until at least 2009.

"From today, we are looking east," BMI chief executive Nigel Turner said. The airline, he said, was switching its focus because it could grow in only one direction at a time.

From the end of October, more than half of BMI's destinations from Heathrow will be in the mid-haul and long-haul markets. This contrasts to 10 years ago, when it had only a network of short-haul domestic and European flights.

BA said it had no plans to operate its own flights to Tehran.

BMED originally took over the route on a franchise basis six year ago.

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