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American to Upgrade RDU-London Connection

Posted July 5, 2007

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— American Airlines said Thursday that it would upgrade its flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to London by moving the flight from Gatwick to Heathrow Airport.

Flights from RDU to Heathrow are scheduled to begin March 29, 2008, officials said.

Heathrow is London's primary airport, providing worldwide connections for people traveling beyond London.

The daily round-trip flight will still use Boeing 777 aircraft, officials said.

American also is moving one of its daily Dallas-London flights to Heathrow and is initiating a flight between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and London's Stansted Airport.

"These are significant schedule developments and a continuing commitment driven by the London market's importance to our customers, as well as Heathrow's worldwide connections through our oneworld partners," Gerard Arpey, American's chairman and  chief executive, said in a statement. "This will be the first time London-bound passengers using our DFW or Raleigh/Durham gateways will be able to fly directly to Heathrow, which is London's leading airport."

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  • elcid89 Jul 5, 2007

    "I actually prefer Gatwick to Heathrow. But I can understand that it will be convienant for those travelling elsewhere."

    It really depends on when you land. During the day, Gatwick is an easier airport to negotiate, and the Express makes getting into London fairly simple and stress free. Land at night, however, and your only option is a 75 pound taxi ride.

    I do detest the Underground, but it does make getting out of Heathrow a simple proposition at any time of the day.

  • Radiofreeamy Jul 5, 2007

    I actually prefer Gatwick to Heathrow. But I can understand that it will be convienant for those travelling elsewhere.

  • chivegas Jul 5, 2007

    I don't see how changing from LGW to LHR is an "upgrade". However, it will be helpful to have feed available to/from London via the AA/BA codeshare. This shows that AA is committed to the RDU-LON market. Good news for Raleighwood...

  • erggggg Jul 5, 2007

    this will be nice when i have money some day.

  • the alliance Jul 5, 2007

    Yeah, just don't ask Worldwide Flight Services for any favors to support AA.

  • New York Yankee Jul 5, 2007

    I always know what time it is when the 777 flies over my house. :-)

    Oh yeah and on Saturday...the day will be 07/07/07, or 7/7/7 :D

  • blytle Jul 5, 2007

    I have enjoyed using the RDU to Gatwick flight on several occasions and have found it to be convenient and always on time. My hope is that changing to Heathrow will not change the convenience and the on-time status of the flight.