Maryland Aviation Administration officials have welcomed the announcement that British Airways will use Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and London Heathrow starting on August 1, 2016. BWI Marshall will be the fourth US destination to receive Dreamliner service from British Airways.
“International air service is important as we work to grow and improve the business climate here in Maryland,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “British Airways is a premier global airline that provides valuable nonstop service between BWI Marshall and London.”
British Airways already offers daily nonstop service between BWI Marshall and London Heathrow using Boeing 767 airliners but the switch to the new type marks the first scheduled 787 flights to be announced at BWI Marshall. The airline’s 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft accommodate 214 passengers in a three-class configuration.
“For business and leisure travellers, London Heathrow is the single most important transatlantic international gateway,” said Ricky Smith, Chief Executive Officer of BWI Marshall Airport. “British Airways has provided our customers with renowned quality and customer service for many years. We appreciate the new Dreamliner aircraft, which will be an upgrade for our travellers.”
Passenger traffic continues to rise at BWI Marshall, and the Airport set new records this summer. July 2015 was the busiest month in the history of BWI Marshall with more than 2.3 million passengers. Much of the recent growth has been driven by large increases in international travel. International passenger traffic has risen by 31% in 2015.