British Airways began transatlantic service between London's Heathrow International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport today marking the first ever non-stop regular passenger flight in Austin airport's history. Flight 191 (Speedbird 191) touched down just before 5 PM this afternoon to the delight of many in attendance. British Airways will use the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the route. Presently it plans to fly five times per week but it will increase the service to daily starting in May. This flight marks the airline's 25th destination in North America.
A special ceremony was held at the lower level of the Barbara Jordan Terminal amid dozens of reporters and family members waiting for their relatives and friends after passing thru customs. Many passengers wore a commemorative tee shirt for the flight and were given special cards to listen to a variety of the music of Austin. Mayor Lee Leffingwell read the proclamation for the new service.
The Boeing 787 is perhaps the most modern of the current airliners out in service. Not only are its passenger windows larger that other major airliners flying, it incorporates the latest technology in avionics and controls and the cabin pressure has been lowered for more comfort in the cabin. For more information, schedules, and reservations, please contact the airline at www.ba.com.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport set a record for number of passengers in 2013 with 10,017,958, the first time it has gone over the 10 million mark. For the past four years, the airport has experienced a good trend in passenger growth. Allegiant Air and Aeromar of Mexico have recently added airline service to the airport and are proud to welcome British Airways to the family of airlines operating from Austin.