13 JUNE 2022


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Article from BTNews 13 JUNE 2022

Austin and Virgin Atlantic

Last Wednesday (8 June), the Texas capital Austin welcomed the first new Virgin Atlantic service to the United States since 2017.

The four times per week 10hr 25min flight (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday) competes with a British Airways daily service. A Boeing 787-9 aircraft offers 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. You can see a review of Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class seat on the 787-9 here. The service goes daily from Spring 2023.

The flight was met by Sir Richard Branson.  A VIP group on board flew over in a special Tex-Mex themed in-flight service and spent three days in Austin exploring the city as well as unveiling a mural by Austin’s acclaimed artist, Mike Johnston, to commemorate the new connection in Downtown Austin.

Mookie Patel, Chief Business and Finance Officer, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), said: “AUS is thrilled to welcome Virgin Atlantic to Austin and Central Texas. This exciting new partnership is reflective of our airport’s continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and furthers our commitment to be the ‘Gateway of Central Texas’ for both leisure and business travellers. This type of investment in our airport, offering more nonstop services to sought-after destinations such as London, is an important and powerful investment in our community – it gives an Austinite more chances to travel to global destinations, experience new cultures and places, and connect with loved ones and meet new people.”



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Barry Graham, United States

My first trip to the USA was for an assignment in Austin. I had to fly through Dallas on the way there and New York on the way home. How things have changed.