British Airways Shows Austin Prowess

British Airways is to be the only airline to offer direct flights from London to Austin in Texas from 2014.

Starting in early March 2014 with five flights a week before moving to daily flights on May 5, the airline’s brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its three-cabin layout, will serve the route to the Texan capital. Austin is now featuring in the British Airways sale, which runs until September 24, with prices starting from £3,609 in Club World (business class), £891 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and £511 return in World Traveller (economy).

Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ director of strategy, said: “The addition of the Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners to our fleet enables us to start new routes and increase services to a number of our destinations.”

“We’re excited to be the only airline offering direct flights from London to Austin. We believe it will prove very popular with both business and leisure customers and will be our third route to Texas, after Houston and Dallas.

“In the pioneering spirit of the Lone Star state, we are flying there in one of the world’s most advanced aircraft, the 787, to encourage more business with the scores of hi-tech businesses based in Austin’s ‘Silicon Hills’”.

The summer 2014 schedule, which starts from March 30, 2014, will see a number of increases in long-haul flying to a variety of destinations.

Flights to Seoul in South Korea, where the airline started flying to in December 2012, will increase from six services a week to daily

The airline is also significantly increasing flights to Accra in Ghana. From the start of the Winter 2013 season, an additional three flights a week are being added, bringing the total number of weekly services up to 10. From Summer 2014, a larger four-cabin Boeing 747 aircraft will replace one of the current Boeing 777s currently on the route.

British Airways is set to increase connections from summer 2014 between London and Tel Aviv when it introduces a daily wide-bodied four-cabin Boeing 777-200 to the route, replacing one of the Airbus A321 aircraft. The B777 offers four cabins: First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy). The flights will also switch from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 when they arrive at Heathrow.

Premium customers will also, for the first time, be able to fly in the airline’s First cabin between London and Jeddah when a four-cabin Boeing 777 replaces the existing three-cabin Boeing 767 service.

Seattle flights will also increase from ten to 11 flights a week from summer 2014.

Customers to Entebbe will be able to take advantage of much-improved flight times and an increase in services from three to four flights a week.

These changes to Heathrow flights are in addition to the recent announcement about the airline’s long-haul schedule from Gatwick which will see an increase from ten to 13 flights a week to Orlando, six to seven flights a week to St Lucia, twice to three times a week to Punta Cana, five to six a week to Antigua and three to four a week to Kingston thanks to the addition of another Boeing 777 to the Gatwick fleet.

British Airways will announce its summer 2014 short-haul schedule in the coming weeks.

All flights can be booked online at ba.com or by calling 0844 493 0787.

British Airways has ordered 24 787s, which will arrive over the next four years.  The airline has also ordered 12 A380s and six additional 777-300ERs. Over the next 12 months, it will take delivery of a new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight.

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September 3, 2013       

Notes to editors:

  • The aircraft orders form the centrepiece of British Airways’ £5bn investment in improved customer experience in the air and on the ground. The airline is the first in Europe to operate both the 787 and the A380.
  • All prices are limited and subject to availability.
  • The British Airways sale runs until September 24, 2013. Travel dates vary.
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