AUSTIN – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will have its first regularly scheduled commercial passenger service on a Boeing 747 next year, as British Airways will begin using the jumbo jet on its Austin-London Heathrow route.

The 747 will begin operating the nonstop flight April 8. Flights will depart Austin at 6:40 p.m. and arrive at London Heathrow at 10 a.m. the following day. Return flights will leave London at 12 p.m. and arrive in Austin at 4:16 p.m.

ABIA and British Airways said the new jet will add six first-class seats, 10 business class seats and 116 economy seats. When the route first launched in March 2014, BA used a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to connect London and the Live Music Capital of the World. The 787 was replaced for a period in late 2015 and early 2016 by a larger Boeing 777.

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