BA launches London Heathrow – Nashville, Tennessee

British Airways is to fly direct to Nashville, Tennessee five times a week from May 2018.

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to fly direct from London Heathrow to Nashville, Tennessee from May 2018.

BA will fly to Nashville International Airport five times a week from Friday 4 May 2018.  The route will be operated with a three class Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy, and World Traveller economy cabins.   Flights will depart from London Heathrow Terminal 5.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

This is the fourth new route between London Heathrow and North America which BA has launched with the Boeing 787 after Austin, San Jose, and New Orleans.

In terms of possible future expansion in North America, there could well be another 1-2 new routes to be launched by BA. History has shown that BA prefers to launch new routes from London Heathrow where it is (at least initially) the sole operator to London and/or Europe. Therefore, new destinations are likely to North American cities without a direct link to Europe. However, whatever growth potential there may be BA is likely to continue its very steady growth of no more than one new transatlantic route a year.

London Heathrow – Nashville

Flight BA223 Depart London Heathrow 15:45 – Arrive Nashville 18:50
Flight BA222 Depart Nashville 20:20 – Arrive London Heathrow 10:30

United Airlines relaunches London Heathrow – Denver

United Airlines is to reinstate its London Heathrow – Denver route, on a summer seasonal basis, from Saturday 24 March 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018

United Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Image Credit: United Airlines)
United Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Image Credit: United Airlines)

United Airlines is to reinstate its London Heathrow – Denver route, on a summer seasonal basis, from Saturday 24 March 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018.

The flight will operate on a daily basis between London Heathrow Terminal 2 and Denver International airport.

The flight will be operated with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 36 flat-bed seats in business class, 70 “Economy Plus” seats and 113 seats in economy.

Note that in business class the flight will operate with United’s “Polaris” in flight amenities, but not the latest Polaris business class seat that was announced late last year.

The London Heathrow – Denver route is currently served exclusively by BA. Norwegian is also due to fly from London Gatwick to Denver from London Gatwick to Denver from 16 September 2017.

Flights are on sale now at United.com

London Heathrow – Denver

Flight UA28 Depart London Heathrow 11:40 – Arrive Denver International 14:30
Flight UA27 Depart Denver International 17:35 – Arrive London Heathrow 09:40

Primera Air to launch Stansted – Boston & Newark

Primera Air is to launch direct flights from London Stansted to Boston and Newark in Spring 2018.

Primera Air
Primera Air

Primera Air is to launch direct flights frowm London Stansted to Boston and Newark in the spring of 2018.

Flights from London Stansted to Boston will launch on Saturday 19 May 2018, operating four times weekly.

Flights to from London Stansted to Newark will launch on Thursday 19 April 2018, operating daily.

These flights will be the first transatlantic operations from London Stansted in many years.

What is also noteworthy is that Primera Air will be using the Airbus A321 aircraft, in a two class economy and premium economy configuration.

Primera Air will be the first airline to use this aircraft for transatlantic flights from the U.K.   It will be interesting to see if this aircraft facilitates more expansion and more new entrants into the market, in the same way the Boeing 787 facilitated the arrival of Norwegian at London Gatwick and the launch of many new routes by BA at London Heathrow.

The airline is a relatively unknown name in the UK.  Its operations are mainly based in Scandinavia, operating short-haul flights in Europe.

Primera Air is of course not the first airline to seek to enter the UK transatlantic market.  There is a long list of airlines that have tried and failed: eos, MaxJet, SilverJet and La Compagnie.

Given that its rivals offer very high levels of frequency on this route and many of its passengers are wielded to their frequent flyer cards, a strong marketing effort will also be required to generate traffic.

If Primera Air is to be successful in what is a very competitive market then it will need to instil confidence, before and after launch, that it will have reliable operations with sufficient contingency plans if things go wrong.

Flights are on sale now at Primera Air with promotional fares from £149 each way.

London Stansted – Boston 
Flight PF043 Depart London Stansted 17:00 – Arrive Boston 20:10 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight PF044 Depart Boston 21:40 – London Stansted 09:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

London Stansted – Newark 
Flight PF041 Depart London Stansted 17:55 – 21:20
Flight PF042 Depart Newark 22:50 – Arrive London Stansted 11:00

BA launches London City – Prague and Reykjavik

BA will fly from London City to Prague and Reykjavik from Sunday 29 October 2017.

BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

BA is to launch two new routes from London City airport to Prague and Reykjavik from Sunday 29 October 2017.

BA will fly to Prague daily, except Saturdays and to Reykjavik twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays on a winter seasonal basis until late March 2018.

Flights will be operated by Embraer aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

These will complement BA’s existing services from London Heathrow and it will be possible to “mix and match” the two London airports if that is convenient.

BA flies between London Heathrow and Prague up to four times daily.  BA currently flies between London Heathrow and Reykjavik four times weekly which will increase to twice daily from 29 October 2017.

BA has also announced that its route between London City and Granada will become a summer seasonal service only.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

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JAL adds second daily London Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda flight

Japan Airlines (“JAL”) is to add a second daily London Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda flight with effect from Sunday 29 October 2017.

Japan Airlines - London Heathrow - Tokyo
Japan Airlines – London Heathrow – Tokyo

Japan Airlines (“JAL”) is to add a second daily London Heathrow – Tokyo Haneda flight with effect from Sunday 29 October 2017.

This means that, together with its joint-venture partner British Airways, JAL will offer four flights a day between London and Tokyo. BA will continue to fly to both Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda airports daily.

The new JAL flight (JL41 & J42) will depart London Heathrow at 09:30 and return to London Heathrow at 06:25. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 787 in a three class configuration.

It’s noteworthy that BA and JAL have chosen to add capacity between London and Japan when history has shown that inbound visitors from Japan to Europe can be very sensitive to terrorist incidents.

In addition, BA and JAL have chosen to a fourth daily frequency from London to Tokyo, rather than add a flight to an unserved destination in Japan such as Osaka or Nagoya. This does give BA and JAL a substantial frequency advantage over All Nippon Airlines which is the only other airline to fly between London and Tokyo after Virgin Atlantic withdrew from Tokyo on 31 January 2015.

The new flight will be on sale at Japan Airlines from Friday 14 July 2017.

BA has not yet added a codeshare to the additional flight but should do so shortly.
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Qantas withdraws QF9 / QF10 London Heathrow – Dubai – Melbourne route in favour of Perth stopover

Qantas its to withdraw its London Heathrow – Dubai – Melbourne route from Sunday 25 March 2018.

Qantas Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner (Image courtesy of Qantas Airways)

Following the news today that Qantas is to fly direct from London Heathrow to Perth from Sunday 25 March 2018, Qantas has also confirmed it is to also withdraw its service from London Heathrow to Melbourne via Dubai, operated with the Airbus A380.

Instead, passengers wishing to travel between London and Melbourne courtesy of Qantas can either fly on an Emirates codeshare service with a change of aircraft in Dubai.

Alternatively passengers can connect on to Qantas’ non-stop Boeing 787-900 service between London Heathrow and Perth which will ultimately originate and terminate in Melbourne.
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Qantas to launch non-stop London Heathrow – Perth flights from Saturday 24 March 2018

Qantas will fly non-stop between London Heathrow and Perth from Saturday 25 March 2018.

Qantas Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner (Image courtesy of Qantas Airways)

Qantas has today confirmed the launch date of non-stop daily flights between London Heathrow and Perth. 

The new direct route will launch from Perth on Saturday 24 March 2018 and from London on Sunday 25 March 2018.  

It will also replace Qantas’ existing London Heathrow – Dubai – Melbourne service.

Flights are on sale now at Qantas.com.

At the time of writing return fares (including a Saturday night stay) near to launch are in the region of £1,260 for economy and £4,231 for business class.
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