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American Airlines upgrades aircraft for RDU-London flight

American Airlines’ eight-hour, nonstop flight to London’s Heathrow Airport from Raleigh-Durham International Airport is receiving an upgrade.

Airport officials confirm the service will switch to a Boeing 777, rather than a 767. Frequent fliers will recognize the plane, which is similar to a temporary upgrade American Airlines implemented last year when it was making changes in its overall fleet. As the airline was upgrading its 767, it used a 777 at RDU to accommodate Heathrow travelers.

But this time it’s a permanent change.

Specifically, the plane is a Boeing 777-200. It offers 45 lie-flat, all-aisle access seats in Business Class, 55 Main Cabin Extra seats (with five inches of additional pitch) and 160 Main Cabin seats. The plane also features in-seat entertainment, such as live TV and Wi-Fi.

In a prepared statement this week, RDU Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth lauded the upgrade. “Customers love this nonstop route and we anticipate demand for international service will continue to grow in the Triangle region,” he said.

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