Nashville airport to offer direct flights to London beginning in May

(Courtesy: Gov. Bill Haslam)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville International Airport will begin to offer direct flights to London’s Heathrow airport beginning in May 2018.

The British Airways flights were announced during a joint press conference with Governor Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry.

The brand new flight will be operated with a state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and will be the only nonstop flight between the two cities.

The new fuel-efficient aircraft boasts smooth ride technology which reduces the effects of turbulence, along with cabin air that is less dry, helping to minimize jet lag and making for a more comfortable journey, according to a British Airways press release.

The aircraft can accommodate 214 passengers across three cabins. All travelers will enjoy free meals, beverages, individual widescreen TV screens with complimentary on-demand entertainment and a free checked bag.

“This is a big day not just for Nashville but for all of Tennessee because London is a gateway to and from all of Europe,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. “Having a direct connection to London and Europe opens up Tennessee to even more investment and economic opportunities.”

The flight will be offered five days a week and tickets are available for purchase beginning Tuesday.