Flying High

Nonstop flight from Austin to London gets first-class upgrade with new luxury Dreamliner

Nonstop flight from Austin to London lands new luxury Dreamliner

British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner airplane flight 2015
The 787-9 Dreamliner comes with an upgraded first class cabin. Courtesy of British Airways

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.