British Airways Announces 787 Service from Austin to London

by on September 3, 2013 · 13 comments

in Avios, British Airways

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Austin, Texas is one of my favorite US cities. With great food, music and overall vibe, I go there a couple times a year to visit friends. Historically they’ve never have non-stop service to Europe, but starting in March 2014, British Airways will be operating 5 day a week service to London Heathrow using their brand new 787 aircraft.

787s allow airlines to serve smaller international routes without overloading with capacity

787s allow airlines to serve smaller international routes without overloading with capacity

British Airways offers three classes of service on the 787- Business, Premium Economy and Economy. One-way redemption costs AUS-LHR in Avios are 25,000 for economy, 37,500 for Premium Economy and 50,000 for business class. If you travel non-stop roundtrip to London, expect fees to be ~$750 for Economy and Premium Economy and a whopping $1,050 for business class. American charges 30,000 miles each way for economy redemptions (20,000 miles off-peak October 15- April 15) and 50,000 miles for business class with similar fees, though a little bit lower.

BA has Club World (Business class) in a 2/2/2 configuration, but with only 20 inches of width vs 25 inches on the 747

BA has Club World (Business class) in a 2/2/2 configuration, but with only 20 inches of width vs 25 inches on the 747

The flight leaves Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:55pm from Austin and arrives Heathrow at 10:00am. Ex-London it leaves Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 11:55am and arrives at 4:00pm.

I checked for award availability, but it doesn’t appear to be loaded yet.

Overall, I’m excited about this new route and curious to see which niche routes other airlines will use the 787 to service.

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  • phil

    YQ kills the deal for me.

  • thepointsguy

    Agreed that BA makes it hard to redeem miles on their metal transatlantically. But still, not sure what fares will be vs. connecting in other cities, but if I lived in Austin I’d be happy about having this option and being able to avoid O’Hare in the winter, Dallas in the summer, etc

  • Spencer W

    I’m an Austinite and can hardly believe it–GREAT news to have a non-stop option to Europe/Isles (in spite of taxes/fees), but admittedly shocked to see that BA non-stop to LHR is the first route planned!

  • Chister

    “The lowest fare for the round trip is $1,694.18 including taxes and fees, compared with $972 on American Airlines connecting through Dallas-Fort Worth International.”

  • gtg5017

    I called a while back that Austin-London nonstop would make the most sense and be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 787. I’m just surprised it happened so quickly! Very happy to hear this, although I do wish it was United. Can’t wait to see if there’s a snowball effect here.

  • szuperdan

    Just 20″? I believe the AA 777 ER is wider in addition to the BA 747. If you believe that the journey is part of the destination then you must balance a connection in more comfort vs the simplicity of a non-stop

  • Sam Wolfe

    Very surprising, but great news! Good on BA for supporting the Austin market. The flight times are very good, too.

  • Goat Rodeo

    as an austinite – I’m happy they’re charging 2x the cost of the AA flight from AUS-DFW-LHR.

  • Shawn

    As a Houstonian, I’m jealous that there are so many great deals from Austin to places like Carribean, jetblue locations, and now direct flight to Europe. Houston is filled with greedy monopolicies and deals are hard to come by. I can’t believe I’ll be driving to Austin in December to save $400 on a 3 night trip to Cancun.

  • joeypore

    20 inches of width?!?! That’s horrible in my opinion for a business class product… I’m based in DFW, so I just hop on the 77W direct to London… Love the business class product on that plane. I’m getting too spoiled being at DFW…

  • Randy

    Other 787 routes announced today: Norwegian Air from OSL/ARL/CPH to Los Angeles, Oakland and Orlando (in addition to previously announced routes to New York and Fort Lauderdale). Service starts in March.

  • Traveling Drunkard

    Wait, FLL is getting 787 service to Oslo and Copenhagen? Looks like its time to make a trip back there.

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