American to Upgrade RDU-London Connection

Posted July 5, 2007 3:40 p.m. EDT
Updated July 5, 2007 10:35 p.m. EDT

— 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."