RDU Airport, N.C. – American Airlines has announced that it will upgrade nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport on March 5, 2017. The B-777 aircraft will provide additional seats and amenities for the 8 hour nonstop trip.
“We are delighted that American will once again fly the Boing 777 nonstop from RDU-London Heathrow,” said Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth. “Customers love this nonstop route and we anticipate demand for international service will continue to grow in the Triangle region. Plus, the 777 offers a very comfortable ride, including a larger cabin and inflight amenities that are sure to be popular with travelers.”
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft American Airlines will use has 45 lie-flat, all-aisle access seats in Business Class, 55 Main Cabin Extra seats with five inches of additional pitch, and 160 Main Cabin seats, an increase of about 40 seats over the B-767 currently serving the route. The plane also features in-seat entertainment, including live television and Wi-Fi.
American Airlines has operated nonstop service to London from Raleigh-Durham International since 1994. And, American Airlines is the second largest carrier operating from RDU, carrying more than 2.7 million customers to/from RDU during the first eleven months of the year. The airliner offers nonstop flights to eleven domestic and two international destinations- London and weekend service to Cancun, Mexico.
About the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and its 300 staff operates and manages Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the primary air travel gateway to central North Carolina. The airport serves more than 10 million passengers each year, 30,000 customers every day and is home to more than 5,000 employees. RDU contributes more than $8.5 billion and 20,000 jobs to the region’s economy each year. The Airport Authority has won the Triangle Business Journal’s Heathiest Employer of the Triangle for the past three years straight and in 2015 was named by J.D. Power & Associates the third best medium sized airport in the United States.