In front of a glass backdrop at Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s General Aviation terminal, officials and business leaders gathered to celebrate a big upgrade Thursday.

From Glaxo veteran Bob Ingram to Special Events Company CEO Sally Webb, they applauded the arrival of a new plane to a 23-year-old flight service.

The 767 that’s served the airport’s first international nonstop connection, American Airlines’ (Nasdaq: AAL) nonstop to London, has been swapped out with a 777, complete…