Virgin Atlantic will launch new nonstop service between Austin and London Heathrow four times weekly beginning on May 25. The service will operate on Boeing 787-9 aircraft with 31 Upper Class; 35 Premium; and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. This is Virgin Atlantic’s first new route from the US since 2015. Jacqueline Yaft, CEO of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, said the arrival of the airline helps meet the airport’s 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.” The flights will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and will be available for booking starting Jan. 12. Flights will depart Austin at 6:05 p.m. and arrive in London at 9 a.m., with return flights departing London at 11:35 a.m. and arriving in Austin at 4:05 p.m. British Airways has offered a direct Austin-to-London route since 2014 but put the service on hold during the pandemic. British Airways recently said it plans to resume its Austin-to-London route in October.