United to offer non-stop Heathrow-Denver service

7 Nov 2007 by Mark Caswell

United Airlines is to launch a daily non-stop service from Heathrow to Denver, starting on March 30 next year.

Currently, British Airways is the only airline offering direct flights between London and the Colorado state capital, with a daily service departing Heathrow at 1335. Passengers with United must to connect in one of the carriers hubs such as Chicago, meaning a flight time of around 13 hours. But from next year United will offer a direct flight from Heathrow, with a flight time of just over ten hours (nine hours for the Denver-Heathrow leg).

The new non-stop route will be plied by a Boeing 777, configured for 12 first class suites, 49 business, 83 economy plus, and 114 in economy. Flight UA939 will depart London at 1305, arriving in Denver at 1614, with the return leg leaving at 1855 and arriving back into Heathrow at 1050 the following day.

“This year’s Open Skies agreement, which United strongly supported, allows us to offer a service between London and Denver, which will clearly benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic,” says John Tague, executive vice-president and chief revenue officer of United Airlines.

Denver International is the fourth busiest airport in the US, and the new service will offer US-bound United passengers connections to destinations including the upmarket ski resorts of Aspen and Vail. The route also means United will offer non-stop flights to Heathrow from each of its five US hubs (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington and Denver) from next year.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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