Creating the only direct route between London (Heathrow) and Oregon, the inaugural flight received a warm local welcome as it taxied to the gate. The brand-new route will operate five times a week on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with three cabins for customers to choose from: Club (business), World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and World Traveller (economy). The return flight to London Heathrow departed at 18.55 local time.
Captain, Meredith Bell operated the inaugural BA0267. Having been a pilot for British Airways for 30 years, she has flown customers to numerous destinations. Portland has a personal connection as her daughter is currently studying at Reed College.
Neil Chernoff, director of networks and alliances, BA said, “This summer British Airways will be flying from 26 US cities to London and we’re very excited to be adding Portland to our list of transatlantic destinations. Not only are we the only airline to offer direct flights from Portland to London, but this new route also opens a wide variety of connections for our customers. Through Alaska Airlines, our oneworld partner, British Airways will offer codeshare connections to several destinations operated by Alaska Airlines from Portland.”