Virgin Atlantic announces London-Austin service – Axios

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Austinites will soon have a new option for getting to London town.
Driving the news: Virgin Atlantic will fly four times a week nonstop to London starting May 25.
The big picture: Consider this your daily reminder that Austin is no longer a hippie college town.
The 787-9 aircraft includes 31 upper class, 35 premium and 192 economy seats.
Keep calm and and chow down: Living vicariously, we checked out the Upper Class menu on Virgin's other U.S.-U.K. service.
Of note: George Orwell once wrote that he was born into the "lower-upper-middle class," but as far as we can tell, that's not a seat designation on Virgin.
What they're saying: "This exciting new partnership helps meet our goals of continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and furthers our commitment to being the gateway of Central Texas for both leisure and business travelers alike," Austin airport CEO Jacqueline Yaft said.
Meanwhile: KLM will launch thrice-weekly service from Austin to Amsterdam in late March.
Between the lines: The Virgin Atlantic service will also offer 20 tons of cargo capacity on each flight, providing another channel for high-tech products to zoom around the globe.
The bottom line: Fares on the Virgin flights start at $708 per person.
Or about 520 pounds, which sounds a little cheaper.
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