Non­stop to U.K. gets OK

DIA’s new sea­sonal ser­vice to Lon­don will start in March.

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Ethan Mill­man,

United Air­lines marked 80 years of serv­ing the Den­ver mar­ket on Wed­nes­day by an­nounc­ing a new non­stop flight to Lon­don’s Heathrow Air­port aboard Boeing 787-8 Dream­liner planes.

The new sea­sonal ser­vice, which starts in March, steps up the com­pe­ti­tion for trav­el­ers head­ing to the United King­dom.

Bri­tish Air­ways since 1998 had been the only air­line pro­vid­ing non­stop ser­vice to Lon­don Heathrow. In April, Nor­we­gian Air­lines said it would be­gin fly­ing be­tween Den­ver and Lon­don Gatwick.

Be­fore Nor­we­gian and United an­nounced their new ser­vice, Den­ver was one of the largest mar­kets with­out com­pet­i­tive ser­vice to Lon­don, said Laura Jack­son, Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s vice pres­i­dent of air ser­vice de­vel­op­ment.

Europe is DIA’s big­gest in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Adding more in­ter­na­tional flights — in­clud­ing dis­count car­rier Nor­we­gian’s de­but in Den­ver — has helped the air­port erase some of its transat­lantic ser­vice deficit, Jack­son said.

“Each of these air­lines can com­pete here,” Jack­son said. “While Bri­tish Air­ways of­fers a con­nec­tion to Lon­don, they also con­nect to hubs across the Mid­dle East and Europe. Nor­we­gian and United of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent. There will be dif­fer­ent types of pas­sen­gers tak­ing each air­line.”

United’s new Lon­don ser­vice is DIA’s 26th non­stop in­ter­na­tional flight. Ear­lier this month, Nor­we­gian an­nounced the air­port’s first non­stop flights to Paris and Swis­sair sub­sidiary Edel­weiss Air an­nounced sea­sonal ser­vice to Zurich.

United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said adding the new flight in Den­ver is part of United’s goal to strengthen its DIA pres­ence and “fur­ther strength­ens our in­dus­try-lead­ing in­ter­na­tional net­work.

“We’re con­fi­dent our busi­ness-leisure cus­tomers will find United’s ser­vice be­tween DEN and LHR to be their best choice,” he said in an emailed state­ment.

The new sea­sonal ser­vice runs daily March 24 to Oct. 26, 2018. The fights de­part DIA at 5:35 p.m. and land about 10 hours later, at 9:40 a.m. Lon­don time. Re­turn flights de­part Heathrow at 11:40 a.m. and ar­rive in Den­ver at 2:30 p.m.

The United Dream­liner can carry 219 pas­sen­gers. Each flight will have 36 flatbed seats for United’s Po­laris Busi­ness Class as well as 70 econ­omy-plus seats and 113 econ­omy seats.

Dan Mullan, Getty Im­ages

United Air­lines will be­gin a new non­stop flight to Lon­don in March as it com­petes with Nor­we­gian Air­lines.

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