Austin’s only overseas flight gets upgrade

British Airways inaugural nonstop flight from London, England to Austin, Texas operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, arrives at Austin Bergstrom International Airport on Monday, March 3, 2014. (Jack Plunkett/AP Images for British Airways)
(Jack Plunkett/AP Images for British Airways)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — British Airways announced Thursday their daily flight between Austin and London Heathrow will operate on a larger plane.

On Oct. 25, the airline will use a Boeing 777-200 aircraft — instead of the Boeing 787-8 it currently uses. While the Boeing 787 is newer, the Boeing 777 is larger and offers a few more seats.

The biggest change, though, comes in the service aboard. British Airways Boeing 777’s have four classes of service, instead of the three offered on the Boeing 787.

The fourth class, called Premium First, is the highest class of service that British Airways offers — though it’s not currently offered from Austin. In Premium First, travelers can enjoy one of 12 “suites” — featuring seats that turn into a 6-foot-6-inch long flat bed. It also includes a quilted mattress, pillow, pajamas, an amenity kit, a personal closet, writing desk and electronic blinds.

Flights between Austin and London on the Boeing 787 first began in March 2014, just in time for South by Southwest.

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