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United to move to 22 Heathrow flights to the USA per day

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United Airlines has announced a major ramping up of its Heathrow services as the restart of travel to the US gets nearer.

By Spring 2022, United will be offering 22 flights per day from Heathrow and will be the biggest airline between London and New York.

(This doesn’t mean much in itself, of course, since British Airways and American Airlines effectively operate as one on transatlantic routes, as do Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines. Between them, both groupings offer more flights and seats than United.)

United plans 22 daily Heathrow flights

The key announcement is confirmation of a brand new direct flight to Boston. Starting in March, it will be the first time in almost 20 years that United has flown the route from London.

This appears to be part of a concerted attack by the US legacy airlines to stifle JetBlue and its new low(er) cost services from London Heathrow and Gatwick to New York and – soon – Boston.

Today, the United schedule from Heathrow consists of:

  • two daily flights to Newark
  • two daily flights to Washington DC
  • one daily flight to San Francisco
  • one daily flight to Houston
  • one daily flight to Chicago

By late Spring, this will have expanded to:

  • one daily flight to Boston
  • two daily flights to Denver
  • seven daily flights to Newark
  • three daily flights to San Francisco
  • one daily flight to Los Angeles
  • three daily flights to Washington DC
  • three daily flights to Chicago
  • two daily flights to Houston

United Airlines is a Star Alliance member, so you can’t redeem Avios on these flights. It is an option if you have Lufthansa Miles & More or similar miles.

There is still no date for the re-opening of the excellent United Club lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2, in the 2B satellite. Given the ramping up of flights, it can’t be too long now.

We are hoping to do a review of United’s Polaris business class seat at some point soon.

Comments (61)

  • CH says:

    Any speculation as to when the EK STN flight may return?

  • Fly1A says:

    You have to laugh at the timing of this increased air activity…….just days before cop26 in which Little Britain sets out how it will single handedly “save the planet” by taxing hard working people to within a penny of the threshold for benefits, whilst France and Germany roll on the floor laughing and China and India ignore everything and continue to manufacture cheap rubbish to sell on Ebay and Amazon!!

    • Paul Pogba says:

      It’s so important world leaders are flying there to discuss it on environmentally friendly VC-25s, A330s, A310s etc powered by smug.

      • Mike says:

        don’t they make fridges…oh wait that is SMEG

      • Alex Sm says:

        I thought smug is the word to describe authors of comments like yours but how can they power an aircraft?

        • Paul Pogba says:

          I’m far too low brow to be smug about anything, I stole the reference from South Park.

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Don’t understand why some people get a hard on when uk hosts something. It’s not like uk has agreed to shut down all offices and industries.
      We’re you also mocking France when it hosted the Paris agreement and signed up?

    • Andrew says:

      I’m just laughing at the outrage from the protest groups who aren’t happy that Glasgow City Council is refusing to organise shelters for them with single digit daytime temperatures and heavy rain forecast for most of the conference.

      If you don’t have accommodation, don’t go to Glasgow.

      Still, I’m sure the “pop-ups” on Wallace Street will be kept busy.

      • John says:

        I just went to Glasgow and it was surprisingly warm for late October – must be all the smugness

    • ken says:

      “whilst France and Germany roll on the floor laughing”

      France who get 70% of their electricity from nuclear and 7% from coal & gas combined.

      The France that is about 20% more productive than the UK.

      That France ?

      Or are you thinking of a different one ?

  • Roger says:

    Any news on EY Etihad bringing back their A380 or are they done for good?

    Hope they too Long with QR increase the number of flights over the holidays period.

    • meta says:

      Gone forever. All textual references to First Apartment and The Residence have been removed from Etihad’s website. All that is left are a few photos under first class experiences description. I’m glad I got to do it at least once.

  • ChrisW says:

    How will United be the largest airline between London and New York next Spring?

    I count 10 daily BA operated flights (8 to JFK, 2 to EWR) versus 7 UA.

    • Jack says:

      Yep, correct.

      Rob, look at the press release again – they claim, in a deliberately ambiguous way to make people think what you have written – “ United will offer more flights between New York City and London than any other U.S. carrier”.

      U.S. carrier. BA will continue to offer more flights between London and New York than any other carrier.

  • Stuart says:

    Where are United getting all their slots from?

    • Rhys says:

      They had a fair amount already pre-Covid. Not sure if there are any new slots here – although they borrowed some from Lufthansa in 2019.

      • Jack says:

        This would be interesting to understand. Yes, there are new slots here. UA operated 17 daily LHR arrivals/departures in S19.

        • Rhys says:

          Given the lack of high profile sales they were most likely either allocated them or have got them from Star Alliance partners as in the past.

          • Nick says:

            I’m pretty sure these are all UA’s slots, they haven’t taken any new ones. They might previously have loaned some out to other airlines but they can take them back.

          • ChrisC says:

            If they got them from the unallocated pool then it would be in the slot controllers report.

      • ChrisC says:

        That appears – if you click on the last column entry for the detail – to be a swap of existing slot times for BOS rather than BA losing slots to UA.

  • memesweeper says:

    United TFCs are nice and low on the London — New York route, for instance 144,000 miles + GBP 247.47 return if booked through Singapore Kris. More miles than BA or Virgin but no ludicrous YQ.

  • Cal says:

    For the IHG bonus, I have to purchase at least 30,000 to get the 100% bonus.

    • ChrisC says:

      Me too.

      There is that huge step where it’s 29k points for $290 but spend $10 more and you’ll get 60k points.

      But like Rob I was offered the 500k for $2,500.not a buyer at the moment though

  • Andrew says:

    That’s good news with United. The morning flight from IAD to LHR has been reintroduced.

    More importantly, the direct EDI-EWR flights are back on the schedule from the 5th March and EDI-IAD and EDI-ORD from the 7th May next year.

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