Stansted Airport is preparing to welcome its first direct connection with California, as MAXjet Airways gets ready to launch a new service to Los Angeles.

The inaugural flight of the all-business class service is set to take off on August 30th and comes after services to New York, Washington DC and Las Vegas proved popular from the London hub.

As well as offering a new LAX service, MAXjet Airways will increase the frequency of its Las Vegas flights with a new Sunday service.

"Heathrow is the only other UK airport with direct flights to LA, so this new non-stop link is one we're delighted to welcome to our growing route network to the US from Stansted," commented Nick Barton, business development and planning director at Stansted Airport.

"And this isn't only great news for leisure passengers as the service will also be a key business link between the Silicon Fen and high-tech industries around Cambridge and the famous Silicon Valley of California."

In addition to the new MAXjet routes, Stansted will see more flights to the US in the near future. In October, American Airlines plans to begin flying from the London airport to New York.

MAXjet recently revealed that it was looking at offering services to Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Jose, San Francisco and Dallas from Stansted.

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