United plans Denver, Heathrow service

United Airlines is to launch nonstop passenger and cargo flights between Denver and London Heathrow on March 30, 2008.With this new service, United’s Denver hub will serve as a gateway to Europe meaning United’s customers will be able to fly nonstop to London Heathrow from any of United’s five hubs located across the U.S.

“This year’s Open Skies agreement that United strongly supported allows us to offer service between London and Denver, which will clearly benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic,” said John Tague, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “The new flight will strengthen our international route network, create new revenue opportunities and provide customers with service to Europe from our second largest hub.”

To celebrate this new service, United is offering an introductory sale with fares priced at US$319 for travel Monday through Wednesday and US$339 for travel Thursday through Sunday. These fares on United are for tickets purchased from the U.S., priced each way and are based upon required roundtrip purchase by November 15, 2007.

United will operate the new service between Denver and London Heathrow using a Boeing 777 aircraft configured with 12 United First Suite seats, 49 United Business seats and 197 United Economy class seats, including 83 Economy Plus seats that offer up to five more inches of legroom.

The route is expected to provide approximately 15 tons of cargo capacity per flight. Commodities carried between Denver and London are expected to include high-tech components and parts, medical-related supplies and equipment, limited perishables, and exhibition material and artwork that is restricted to nonstop flights.