The new route will operate four times weekly between London Heathrow and Santiago and will run from 3 January 2017. The flight will be served by the airline’s newest aircraft, the four-cabin Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which has a new first cabin.
The flight will depart from Heathrow on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10pm and arrive in Santiago at 9.40am local time the next day. The return flight will depart at 6.45pm and arrive in London at 12.05pm local the next day.
The service will be British Airways’ longest direct route, taking 14 hours 40 minutes, nearly an hour more than its current longest flight of 13 hours 50 minutes to Buenos Aires.
Alex Cruz, chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: "In recent years we have been increasing our services to South and Central America reflecting the area’s continued growth in both business and tourism.
"The Chilean economy has been steadily growing, with increasing trade links to Europe so this new direct route will respond to the need for travel between the two capital cities to do business face-to-face."
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