United Airlines loading up for London

United Airlines will launch daily service between Boston and London Heathrow next March, as well as build its total number of Heathrow frequencies to above 2019 levels, as it anticipates a robust return of business travel. 

The moves are part of the carrier’s aggressive plan to bump its total international capacity in 2022 to 10% more than it flew pre-pandemic. 

United will fly Boston-Heathrow in a Boeing 767-300ER. The three-cabin aircraft will include 46 Polaris business-class seats and 22 premium economy seats. United will enter a crowded market, competing on the route against American and its joint venture partner British Airways as well as Delta. 

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JetBlue also intends to fly between Boston and London, though no launch date has been set and it’s not yet clear whether the carrier will serve Heathrow, Gatwick or another London airport. 

Along with service from Boston, United announced its intent Thursday to build its Heathrow schedule to 22 flights per day next spring, which is five more daily flights than the carrier offered to Heathrow during the summer of 2019. 

United is currently flying seven daily Heathrow flights, including two daily from Newark and Washington Dulles and one each day from Houston, San Francisco and Chicago O’Hare. 

By March, the carrier expects to fly seven daily Heathrow flights from Newark, two more than pre-pandemic. The carrier will also resume Los Angeles-London flights and boost its San Francisco-London and Denver-London service by one daily frequency compared to pre-pandemic while offering pre-pandemic Heathrow service levels in Houston, Chicago and Washington. 

“London is an integral part of United’s network and we remain confident that demand will continue to grow, particularly as international business travel returns in 2022,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international network and alliances.

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