Austin, Meet London

Scott Francis
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British Airways is selling out their direct flight between Austin and London.  I’ve flown it a few times already and love it.

Apparently I’m not the only one. And now: news that British Airways is going to start flying the 777 – a bigger plane – in the fall, to handle the demand.  I probably won’t get the advantage of the addition of first class service, though it sounds nice:

The new private first-class cabin on the 777-200 includes 12 suites with several luxury features such as individual seats that turn into a 6-foot-6 fully flat bed; turn-down service with pajamas and other amenities; a leather-bound writing desk that converts to a dining table and special lighting and electronic blinds.

The USA Today has additional coverage:

British Airways confirmed Thursday that it will boost capacity on its London-Austin route starting Oct. 25, switching from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a bigger Boeing 777-200. British Airways’ Dreamliners seat 214 passengers while the carrier’s 777-200s seat up to 280.  […]

In Austin’s case, it appears that British Airways was able to use the Dreamliner to test and develop the market, switching to the bigger 777 once it became clear the London-Austin would be a money maker.

This is great news. Maybe it really will be the new nerd bird… It is immensely helpful for us, given our new business relationships in Europe.  Our team in Europe is really doing a fantastic job with our partners and customers, and I expect I’m going to be making this trip more often!