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British Airways adds a new day flight from Newark to London Heathrow

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British Airways is adding a new, daytime, flight from Newark Liberty airport in New York (well, technically New Jersey) to London Heathrow. This takes the number of daily Newark flights to three.

This is a day flight on the return. Leaving Newark at 7.55am, it lands in Heathrow at 7.10pm.

I know some people who swear by day flights to return from New York. Anyone who has tried to get a sensible amount of sleep on an overnight flight, especially if tail winds knock a chunk off the already short flight time, will know how rough it can make you feel.

New British Airways Newark daytime flight

The downside, of course, is that you ‘lose’ a day. This could have been used to spend more time in New York or to reduce the amount of time off work you need.

Technology makes things easier, of course. With decent onboard wi-fi, it is possible to ‘work from home’ on a day return flight. You’ll also be in far better shape than if you’d gone straight to the office from a 7am arrival in London.

If your time is your own, a day flight home seems a no-brainer as long as you are happy paying for the extra hotel night.

The new service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200. British Airways is promising to run a Club Suite aircraft on the flight, although this can never be 100% guaranteed until the entire Boeing 777 fleet is converted. Our guide to the new ‘it’s got a door!’ Club Suite business class suite is here.

The outbound flight from London departs Heathrow at 7.10pm, arriving in Newark at 10pm. The aircraft will then spend the night at the airport.

The daytime flight from New York’s JFK airport, scheduled to restart in March, will continue alongside this service.

PS. Even if the idea of a day return flight doesn’t appeal, remember that BA will have opened up four Club World seats on this new flight for Avios redemptions every day. If you had been struggling to find New York seats for this Summer, take another look.


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Comments (38)

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  • IanT says:

    I always look for daytime flights back from the New York area, it’s a much more civilised experience than pretending a 5hr flight can absorb dinner, some decent sleep and breakfast.

    I hope it’s successful.

    • John says:

      Well that’s why there’s preflight dining and arrivals lounge.

    • yorkieflyer says:

      You’d still need to be out of bed by 0500 in Manhattan, not great in my view

      • dougzz99 says:

        If there’s a reasonably priced hotel at/near Newark it could work. But I’m far too tight to pay for a Manhattan hotel room to get up at 4AM.

      • Lady London says:

        Is staying up all night practical in NY then if you’d be heading to the airport so early?

      • Michael C says:

        Agree it’s annoyingly early. Even an hour later would make it 0600h which is even ok with kids.
        On the hotel side, Hyatt Jersey City has STUNNING views of Manhattan and is only minutes from Newark by Uber.

  • Andrew J says:

    Of course a day flight means more time awake experiencing the sub-standard BA inflight service and low quality food – better to sleep through it!

  • Andrew. says:

    I do like a daytime flight from the US.

    07:55 is just a touch faffy, but will allow for an easy domestic connection at 19:10.

    Any recommendations for an EWR hotel for the last night before coming home?

    • Richie says:

      I’ve stayed at the Marriott at the airport. I was on US time and my flight was the daytime UA flight to LHR, which is why I wanted a hotel very close to the airport. Housekeeping had not made the bed properly, I complained and received profuse apologies with some additional complimentary points. I did sleep well and made the flight.

    • ChrisC says:

      Personally I’d remain in the hotel where you’re staying for the rest of your trip in Manhattan. and enjoy a last night.

      Would be different if you are staying somewhere else.

      Less faff than checking out then travel then checking in again etc.


    • Mikeact says:

      Hi @Andrew J. Not upset at all…we’ve both been on here long enough for a bit of to and fro !

  • Mike says:

    Always aim for the morning JFK flight back, nice to see an alternative

    Usually get the LIRR from Penn Station, will have to see how easy NJ Transit make it at that time of day.

  • ChrisC says:

    Done 3 day flights to UK from ORD and JFK – all on AA

    They landed at LHR between 9 and 10 pm. Reached home in Brighton midnight ish.

    Quick cuppa then bed for a good nights sleep and wake up feeling refreshed..

    Am still jet lagged for a couple of days but I certainly feel less like the zombie I do coming off a night flight.

    The ex JFK AA day flight leaves around 10am which makes the morning less rushed than an 8am BA departure.

    • Lady London says:

      Thank you for the tip about this AA timing ChrisC.

      I might be coming from BOS next time so will have a rootle around in the schedules.

      • ChrisC says:

        You might want to avert your eyes but a couple of dummy bookings shows the ex BOS BA flight to be at 7.00 AM!

        • PGW says:

          I think it might be just before 7.00 am but with a very civilised arrival time before of 6.25 pm. AA discontinued their service a good while ago so it’s that or nothing daytime from BOS.

    • lumma says:

      Best thing about that 10am flight is arriving at a deserted Heathrow at around 11pm. No queues and straight on train to home. They don’t open the beer fridges in the Flagship Lounge until about 8amish at JFK though!

  • Richard B says:

    +1 for the benefits of the day flight back across the Atlantic, especially in the cheap seats.

    For me the day you land from an overnight flight back from the States is basically a write off anyway, but flying the following day and getting home by 11pm puts me in as good if not better a place by 8am on ‘day 3’

    So rather than looking at is a day lost from holiday I see it as a final evening gained!

  • RussellH says:

    While it will not be relevant to 99.999% of the readership here, one big advantage of booking through Expedia etc is that you get ATOL protection, which you do not on a direct flight-only purchase from the airline.
    There are many people who do not use credit cards, ever, so pay for travel with a debit card and so have not S.75 protection when the airline goes bust.
    And there may even be a few people who have not yet realised that airlines are no longer allowed to charge credit card surcharges, which used to put many of us off booking with a credit card.

  • pgw says:

    This is a handy addition to the schedules especially as it arrives at LHR early enough to catch a connection the same day. The problem with the AA ORD & JFK day flights is that an overnight at LHR is usually necessary which rather defeats the object for me.

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