Delta Air Lines has announced it is to launch a new direct route from London Heathrow to Portland, Oregon from Friday 26 May 2017.
The route will operate four times a week on a summer seasonal basis to Portland International Airport using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The service will end in early October 2017, but will resume in May 2018.
Flights will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 3 (an earlier draft stated Terminal 4 before Delta consolidated all services at Terminal 3) and will be codeshared with Delta’s UK transatlantic joint-venture partner Virgin Atlantic.
The flight time from London to Portland is approximately 11 hours.
This is also a route that had been a likely contender for a new direct service by British Airways with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Delta’s announcement may prompt a rethink on BA’s part. BA may either launch this with a near daily year round service route, or choose another US city that is not already served from London.
London Heathrow – Portland
Flight DL37 / VS4002 Depart London Heathrow 12:30 – Arrive Portland 15:15 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
Portland – London Heathrow
Flight DL36 / VS4001 Depart Portland 17:13 – Arrive London Heathrow 11:10 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
Note that timings are approximate and precise timings may vary throughout the summer.
Update December 2017
This route is scheduled to resume on Friday 4 May 2018 until Saturday 6 October 2018.