We're flying to London! * volume 38, number 3 April ^987 First flight takes off June 15 Tklly ho! It’s official: We’re the Up-And-Coming Airline to Ix)ndon. Piedmont will start nonstop, widebody service to London, England, from our Charlotte hub on Monday, June 15. The final approval came from the Department of Tyansportation (DOT) on April 23, nine months after we first jointly filed with the City of Char lotte for transatlantic service. "DOT’S selection of Piedmont is directly attrib uted to the efforts of all our employees who have provided a quality of service that has enabled Piedmont to grow and demonstrate the capabili ties of winning such a route,” Bill Howard, chair man, president, and chief executive officer, said. “As we prepare for our new route between the Carolinas and historic London, 1 know each of you will take special pride in this major accomplishment.” On June 15, Flight 160 will depart CLT at 5:35 p.m. enroute to London’s Gatwick Interna tional Airport (LOW), marking the beginning of a new era for an airline whose success since dereg ulation has been no less than phenomenal. It will be the only nonstop service to Great Britain from the Carolinas and the quickest route for many travelers in Virginia, Tennessee, and other south eastern states. The service to LGW, the world’s third largest airport in terms of international passengers, is timed to connect with flights to about 20 cities in Great Britain and Europe, including Birming ham, Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, and Geneva. “We’ll provide competitive fares and excep tional convenience for much of the Southeast,” Howard said. “A benefit of our Charlotte hub is that connect ing flights to London can be made on Piedmont from many cities in numerous states, with cost savings naturally associated with single-carrier service. But in addition. Piedmont will promote the Southeast as a popular tourist and business destination for travelers from Great Britain. From increased tourism to improved access for busi ness, our London service will benefit the entire region.” london Bridge Is Going Our first transatlantic flight will originate at TPA. Flight 160 will depart TPA at 1500, arriving at CLT at 1624. The flight is scheduled to arrive at LGW at 0640. On the return. Flight 161 will depart LGW at 1200, arriving at CL7' at 1615. It will continue to TPA, arriving at 1855. We will have two Boeing 767-200s in our fleet when we begin transatlantic service on June 15. The aircraft seats 210 passengers in a mixed- class configuration, with comfortable 2-1 -2 seat ing in business class and 2-3-2 seating in coach. We will offer in-flight movies, special menus, amenity kits for each passenger, enough pillows and blankets for everyone traveling, and wide, custom designed seats in business class. Fares on the London route are highly competi tive, with a wide range of discounted tickets available. We will offer three basic fare types— continued page 7 Charlotte agents wave the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom, in celebration of ap proval from the DOT April 23. Hold ing a banner £in- nouncing our upcoming service are (1 to r) Becky Hunter, Phil Bare foot, Billy Gunter, Carol McCurry, Terry Fish, Terrie Lowder, Mike Little john, Chris Brown, Terry Shipton, and Scott Wally.