Flying nonstop from Austin to London will get even more luxurious in 2016. British Airways announced Tuesday that its Austin-London route will receive the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in February 2016.
Austin is the first city in North America to get the highly anticipated luxury service. The Dreamliner can accommodate a total of 216 passengers, eight of whom will by flying high in a redesigned first class area. Each first class suite features ambient lighting, extra storage space, and an updated entertainment console with a 23-inch widescreen TV.
The new plane is the final phase of British Airways' upgrades to the celebrated route. Nonstop service to London took off in 2014 with the 787-8 Dreamliner. In order to meet customer demands, British Airways will temporarily switch to the Boeing 777-200 — which allows for first class service and 280 passengers — beginning October 25.
Nonstop service to London is available seven days a week. British Airways will announce an updated schedule incorporating the new plane closer to the launch.