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UK Plans To Intervene For BMI

British government says that it will push for third airline to gain valuable US route...

The UK government plans to seek an air access treaty with the US to help BMI British Midland, the UK's third largest airline, to fly between London's Heathrow airport and the US, The Business newspaper reported, without citing its sources.

British Midland, which is using only two of its three Airbus SAS A330 aircraft, made for trans-Atlantic use, can not fly the route under the current agreement. Flights from Heathrow to the US are operated exclusively by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, American Airlines and United Airlines.

British Midland, which began flights from Manchester in northern England to Washington and Chicago last spring, offers flights mainly within Europe. The company's plans to begin US flights from Heathrow this year were scrapped when the UK canceled talks on a new ?open skies? treaty after British Airways and American Airlines abandoned plans to deepen cooperation.