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Transatlantic routes update

1 Nov 2021 by Hannah Brandler
Aer Lingus A321LR

As the US reopens to flights from the UK, the EU and other nations, here’s an overview of flight frequency, aircraft type and what’s included in each cabin.

 As the US reopens to fully vaccinated visitors from the EU, the UK and several other nations from November 8, we look at the current state of play for direct routes from the UK to the US across the major carriers, including the frequency of the service, aircraft type and configuration, and an overview of what’s included in each cabin – from meals to wifi and luxury amenity kits.

Note that the seat you book will vary depending on the route and aircraft type, and that the route launches included in the feature are subject to change.

AER LINGUS

Routes: Manchester-New York JFK (daily from December 1; A321 LR); Manchester-Orlando (four-times weekly from December 11; A330-300); Manchester-Boston (launches summer 2022; A321 LR)

Configuration: A321 LR (168 Economy, 16 Business); A330-300 (287 Economy, 30 Business)

What’s included?

Economy: IFE and earphones; complimentary meal and drinks; wifi (for purchase); blanket and pillow

Business: fully lie-flat seats; IFE and earphones; complimentary meal and drinks; complimentary wifi; blanket and pillow

American Airlines B777-300 first class; photo courtesy of American Airlines

AMERICAN AIRLINES

Routes: Heathrow-Boston (daily; B777-200); Heathrow-Charlotte (daily; B777-200); Heathrow-Dallas (twice daily; B777-300); Heathrow-New York JFK (twice daily; B777-300); Heathrow-Los Angeles (daily; B777-300); Heathrow-Miami (daily; B777-300); Heathrow-Chicago (daily; B777-200); Heathrow-Philadelphia (daily; B777-200); Heathrow-Seattle (daily; B777-200)

Configuration: B777-300 (216 Economy, 28 Premium, 52 Business, 8 First); B777-200 (212 Economy, 24 Premium, 37 Business)

What’s included?

Economy: IFE with earphones; live TV (on select flights); complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); blanket and pillow

Premium Economy: IFE and noise-reducing headphones; live TV (on select flights); complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); Shinola and DS and Durga amenity kit; blanket and pillow

Business: fully lie-flat seats; IFE and Bang and Olufsen headphones; live TV on select flights; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); Shinola and DS and Durga amenity kit; blanket and pillow

First: fully lie-flat seats in suites; IFE and Bang and Olufsen headphones; live TV on select flights; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); Shinola and DS and Durga amenity kit; sleep kit; blanket and pillow

Aer Lingus and American Airlines schedules
British Airways B777-200 at Heathrow

BRITISH AIRWAYS

Routes: Heathrow-New York (six-times daily; eight from December; B777); Heathrow-Boston (twice daily; B777/B787-9); Heathrow-Chicago (twice daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Los Angeles (twice daily; B777); Heathrow-San Francisco (twice daily; B777/B787-9); Heathrow-Washington (twice daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Dallas (twice daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Miami (twice daily; B777); Heathrow-Philadelphia (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Phoenix (daily; B777); Heathrow-Seattle (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Atlanta (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Denver (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Houston (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Austin (four-times weekly; B787-9); Heathrow-Orlando (daily; B777); Heathrow-Tampa (five-times weekly; B777); Heathrow-San Diego (five-times weekly; B787-9); Heathrow-Las Vegas (daily; B777)

Coming soon: Heathrow-Nashville (weekly from December; B787-9); Heathrow-New Orleans (twice weekly from December; B787-9)

Configuration: B777-300 (185 World Traveller, 44 World Traveller Plus, 56 Club World, 14 First); B777-200 (122 World Traveller, 40 World Traveller Plus, 48 Club World, 14 First); B787-9 (127 World Traveller, 39 World Traveller Plus, 42 Club World, 8 First)

What’s included?

World Traveller: IFE with headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase);  blanket and pillow

World Traveller Plus: IFE with noise-cancelling headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; complimentary glass of sparkling wine; wifi (for purchase); amenity kit; cushion and blanket

Club World: fully lie-flat seats (and suite on selected B777-300 flights); complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; complimentary glass of sparkling wine; wifi (for purchase); bedding and amenity kit from The White Company

First: fully lie-flat seats in a private suite; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; complimentary glass of sparkling wine; loungewear, amenity kit (featuring Elemis toiletries) and slippers from Temperley London

British Airways schedules
delta-one-on-B767

DELTA

Routes: Heathrow-New York JFK (ten-times weekly; B767-400); Heathrow-Atlanta (daily; A330-300); Heathrow-Detroit (four-times weekly; B767-400); Heathrow-Boston (three-times weekly; B767-400)

Configuration: B767-400 (156 Economy, 28 Comfort Plus, 20 Premium Select, 34 Delta One); A330-300 (203 Economy, 24 Comfort Plus, 21 Premium Select, 34 Delta One)

What’s included?

Economy: IFE and headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); blanket and pillow

Delta Comfort Plus: IFE and headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); complimentary headset; amenity kit; blanket and pillow

Delta Premium Select: IFE and headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); Tumi amenity kit; blanket and pillow

Delta One: fully lie-flat seats; IFE and noise-cancelling headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); Tumi amenity kit; blanket and pillow

Jetblue's A321LR

JETBLUE

Routes: Heathrow-New York JFK; Gatwick-New York JFK (daily; A321LR)

Configuration: 114 Economy, 24 Mint suites

What’s included?

Economy: IFE with earphones; live TV; complimentary meal, soft drinks and snacks; complimentary wifi; amenity kit; blanket

Mint: fully lie-flat seats in suites (or more spacious studios at the bulkhead row) with a sliding privacy door; IFE with noise-isolating headphones; live TV; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; complimentary wifi; memory foam pillow, customisable blanket and slippers; Tuft and Needle cushion and Wanderfuel amenity kit

Delta and Jetblue schedules
Virgin Atlantic A350-1000. Credit: Airbus/A Doumenjou/Master Films

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Routes: Heathrow-New York JFK (three-times daily; A350); Heathrow-Orlando (daily; A330-300); Heathrow-Atlanta (daily; A350); Heathrow-San Francisco (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Boston (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Miami (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Los Angeles (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-Las Vegas (daily; B787-9); Manchester-New York JFK (daily; B787-9); Manchester-Orlando (twelve-times weekly; A330-300); Edinburgh-Orlando (twice-weekly; A330-300)

Coming soon: Heathrow-Washington (daily from March); Heathrow-Seattle (daily from March)

Configuration: A350 (235 Economy, 56 Premium, 44 Upper Class)*; A330-300 (185 Economy, 48 Premium, 31 Upper Class); B787-9 (192 Economy, 35 Premium, 31 Upper Class)

What’s included?

Economy: IFE with earphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); blanket and pillow

Premium: IFE with premium headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); welcome glass of Champagne; amenity kit (during night flights)

Upper: fully lie-flat seats; IFE with premium headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); welcome glass of Champagne; amenity kit; onboard lounge in The Loft/The Booth*

* May change to reconfigured A350 from December

United Airlines

UNITED AIRLINES

Routes: Heathrow-New York Newark (twice daily; B767-300); Heathrow-Washington (twice daily; B767-300); Heathrow-Chicago (daily; B767-300); Heathrow-Houston (daily; B787-9); Heathrow-San Francisco (daily; B787-9)

Configuration: B767-300 (99 Economy, 22 Premium Plus,
46 Polaris Business Class); B787-9 (116 Economy, 88 Economy Plus, 48 Polaris Business Class)

What’s included?

Economy: IFE and earphones; complimentary meal, drinks and
snacks; wifi (for purchase); blanket and pillow

Premium Plus: IFE and noise-reducing headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); amenity kit; Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow

Polaris: fully lie-flat seats; IFE
and noise-reducing headphones; complimentary meal, drinks and snacks; wifi (for purchase); amenity kit; Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow.

United and Virgin Atlantic schedules
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