4 JULY 2016
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Flights to Tehran by British Airways due to start on 14 July have been put back to September, the airline said last week.
The carrier, which has not served the Iranian capital since 2012, was planning a six-times-weekly B777 service from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 before moving to daily flights from next winter.
A spokesman for British Airways confirmed the delay, saying: "Tehran is an important route for British Airways and we are keen to ensure that the service we offer meets the high levels customers rightly expect from day one.
"While preparations for the new route have generally been progressing well, some technical issues have arisen which make it sensible for us to put back the launch of flights from mid-July to 1 September."
The service from Heathrow Terminal 5 will be operated by a B777 with four classes – First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.
British Airways first flew between London and the Iranian capital in 1946. Head of network planning Neil Cottrell said when the airline announced the new service earlier this year it was “incredibly excited” to be returning.
“Iran is a large and growing economy and Tehran is a brilliant business city,” he added.
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