Tourism looks set to receive a boost with the launch of flights between the Capital and New York.
American Airlines began the daily service between Edinburgh Airport and John F Kennedy International on Saturday.
The route, operated by a Boeing 757-200, sees flights depart at 9.15am and arrive at JFK at 11.45am.
The return flights leave JFK at 7.10pm and arrive back in the UK at 7.15am the next day.
Gordon Dewer, the chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, predicted the service would be “very popular”, helping people reach destinations in North and South America.
“This new service will also make it easier for American visitors to visit Scotland this summer,” he added.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, described the link as “incredible news” for tourism across the country. His comments come ahead of an expected surge of US visitors arriving for The Open in July.