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An American Airlines jet landing on runway 18R with the fast-growing Austin skyline in the background. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Austin Welcomes New Airlines, Prepares for Record-Breaking Capacity

Austin landed another high-profile route this week when Virgin Atlantic announced its plans to connect the Texas capital with London Heathrow. The new year-round service will commence on May 25 and operate four times weekly. This marks the first new U.S. route for Virgin Atlantic since 2015. The airline currently serves 10 U.S. cities from its Heathrow hub. Virgin Atlantic will deploy its Boeing 787-9 on the new service. The aircraft features 31 Upper Class seats in the business cabin,…