IAG Cargo launched service Monday from London Heathrow to Austin, Texas.
IAG Cargo launched the service in part to support the technology and pharmaceutical industries growing in Austin’s Silicon Hills. In 2013, Austin’s economy expanded 5.8 percent.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will service the route. IAG Cargo will initially offer five flights a week to Austin before moving to daily flights beginning May 3.
The route will become Austin’s first regular transatlantic service.
“Texas is increasingly proving to be a key market for us, so it makes complete sense to open up this new service in Austin,” Steve Gunning, CEO at IAG Cargo, said. “Alongside our existing operations in Dallas and Houston, this route gives businesses in the region a valuable connection to global markets through our Heathrow hub.”