United Airlines has announced that it will strengthen its service between London/Heathrow and New York/Newark in 2014 by operating all its five daily flights on the route with widebody aircraft during the summer peak season, nearly doubling the number of flat-bed seats offered on upgraded flights.
The move will increase overall capacity by five per cent year-on-year during the April-September period.
Flights currently operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft will be operated by three-cabin 767-300s, each featuring a total of 183 seats – six in United Global First, 26 in United BusinessFirst and 151 in United Economy, including 67 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
Like premium cabins on all United international long-haul flights, Global First and BusinessFirst will feature flat-bed seats.
The flight schedule changes, together with the planned move of all United’s Heathrow flights to the new Terminal 2 effective June 4th, 2014, and the advantages of the airline’s New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, will offer United customers travelling between London and New York an unprecedented range of travel choices and amenities.
“New York is the most popular destination for U.K. travellers and there is no better way to fly there than on United,” said Bob Schumacher, United managing director sales, UK & Ireland.
“We operate the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty, offering our customers not only the fastest surface transfers to many parts of the city but fast and convenient connections to cities throughout the Americas.
“With these schedule changes, we are responding to growing demand and offering our customers even more choice.”