It’s official: British Airways will add non-stop service between Nashville and London Heathrow this spring.
The route, first reported last week by The Tennessean, was made official on Tuesday with an announcement by airport, airline and local officials. The service was eagerly anticipated in Nashville, where it becomes the city’s first regular non-stop route to Europe since American Airlines had a hub there in the 1990s.
“This is a big day not just for Nashville but for all of Tennessee because London is a gateway to and from all of Europe,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement announcing the new route.
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A schedule of five weekly flights begins May 4. The carrier will fly the route with 214-seat Boeing 787-8 “Dreamliners” that include 35 lie-flat business-class seats and 25 in premium economy. Nashville customers will be able to connect to more than 130 onward destinations via British Airways’ hub at London Heathrow.
As for British Airways, the new Nashville service continues an aggressive growth spurt. The company has grown its U.S. route map with numerous new or resumed routes in recent years. Just since 2016, BA has added new service cities such as Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Oakland and San Jose, Calif.
At the same time, British Airways’ parent company – International Airlines Group (IAG) – has also launched a new stand-alone budget carrier called Level that has added flights to Spain from Los Angeles and San Francisco. More routes are expected in the coming months.
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