United Airlines is launching a new non-stop service between London Heathrow and Boston Logan International Airport. This is a bit of a surprise, because I assumed United already operated on the route.
It is also, of course, one of the routes that JetBlue intends to launch this year, albeit not to Heathrow. United may simply be doing its best to spoil JetBlue’s launch.
United intends to operate the premium heavy Boeing 767-300ER on the route. This has 46 Polaris business class seats and 22 premium economy seats.
Whilst we have yet to try out Polaris on a real flight (Covid-19 saw to that!) we did get a preview during a grounded press event in 2019.
The flight times are currently scheduled as:
- Departing Heathrow at 5pm and arriving in Boston at 7.30pm
- Departing Boston at 10pm and arriving in Heathrow at 9.35am the next day.
The Heathrow departure is unusually late for a transatlantic flight – most leave in the morning for a mid afternoon arrival in the United States.
Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. The exact launch date is still to be confirmed.