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Exclusive: British Airways announces third daily service between Newark and Heathrow

17 Feb 2022 by BusinessTraveller
British Airways B777-200 at Heathrow

British Airways has announced a third daily flight between New York Newark and London Heathrow.

The new ‘daylight’ service departs Newark at 0755 and arrives into London Heathrow at 1955.

For US travellers the advantage is an extra night at home rather than flying overnight to London.

The new flight will start from June 6, 2022 and will be served daily by a B777-200 with the new Club Suite cabin.

The return flight will depart Heathrow at 1910, arriving in Newark at 2200, also allowing travellers to spend the entire day in London before flying to Newark.

Tickets for the flight will be on sale from 1700 today and return fares start from US$690 in World Traveller and US$3,195 in Club World.

For our video review of the Club Suite (on an A350 flight between London and Dubai), see:

British Airways will also resume a ‘daylight’ service from New York JFK on March 2, which departs at 0805.

The new Newark-Heathrow flight will join two existing overnight BA services from New York Newark (see below).

The carrier is also set to resume its route between London Gatwick and JFK from May 28, operating daily with a B777 aircraft.

BA said that the additional Newark frequency meant that along with its joint business partner American Airlines it will offer “the most extensive network from the New York area to London with 15 daily departures this summer, including 11 daily flights from JFK to Heathrow and one daily flight from JFK to Gatwick”.

Overnight BA flight schedules between New York Newark and London Heathrow

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ director of networks and alliances, said:

“We are pleased to be launching our third daily flight from Newark, to further strengthen our New York – London schedule. The convenient morning departure is popular with customers who might prefer having an extra night in New York or arriving in London in the evening to start their following day more refreshed.

“Including American Airlines, we offer the largest and most convenient schedules from the New York area to London and are the only airline or alliance that offers service to and from both major New York and London airports. As we continue to co-locate our New York and London operations with American Airlines, we will provide a more seamless journey for our customers allowing them to access our combined 15 daily departures.”

The carrier also confirmed that from April, all BA and AA flights from Heathrow to JFK and Newark will depart out of T5.

BA recently announced that it will move into JFK’s Terminal 8 in December 2022, offering a joint operation with American.

 


Analysis from our consumer editor Alex McWhirter:

Over the years there have been numerous attempts to operate Eastbound daytime transatlantic services. Not just from New York. Other examples include Chicago, Washington DC and Toronto.

It’s the civilised way to fly Eastbound so why hasn’t it worked?

Let’s face it the daytime market has barely grown over the past 50 years in comparison with overnight services. Here are three reasons why:

  1. Companies and leisure travellers returning to the UK object to paying costly New York accommodation only to have to depart at an unearthly hour.
  2. US travellers would rather not spend money on arrival in the UK. In some cases the cost of a night in Central London would be higher than the economy fare itself.
  3. If US tour firms factor in the cost of an extra night’s London accommodation, it would make their packages uncompetitive.

Readers may remember that Concorde only ever operated daytime Eastbound.

Concorde succeeded because its departure and arrival times were more convenient.

 


ba.com

Reporting by Tom Otley, Mark Caswell and Hannah Brandler

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