United Airlines Denver to London.

United Airlines recently announced a new, non-stop route between their hub in Denver and London Heathrow.  It’ll be a daily service, but only running for the summer season from 24th March 2018 to the 26th October 2018.  They’re going to be using a 787-8 Dreamliner which has fully flat bed seats, but not the new United Polaris all aisle access product.

The seats on this aircraft are the B/E Diamond seats, which are the same that Qatar have on their A320 aircraft and American use on their A321 Transcontinental in Business class.  It’s a solid seat, but the window seats do have to clamber over their neighbour’s legs.

I suspect the main reason for the route being launched is that Norwegian are also going to be flying London Gatwick to Denver, but only three times a week.  I covered some of the new Norwegian routes in a previous article.  They do have a pretty good network from the UK to the USA now, so if you’re looking for Economy or Premium Economy are definitely worth considering.

Somewhat annoyingly, if you have Star Alliance miles, there don’t seem to be any “saver” awards made available on these flights yet, however I’m sure this will change soon.

The details of the timings are below.

Flight

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

UA 27

DEN

5:35 p.m.

LHR

9:40 a.m. +1 day

UA 26

LHR

11:40 a.m.

DEN

2:30 p.m.

I haven’t got much experience of flying long haul United Airlines, save for a flight in their “Global First” last year from San Francisco to Frankfurt.  It was in one of their soon to be retired 747-400 aircraft (which I love) and I had the much coveted 1A in the nose.

The service was atrocious.  There was no wine list, and the wines that did come out were battery acid.  The food was edible, barely.  However it was a huge comfortable seat that made a great bed and I got a really good night’s sleep.

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This picture pretty much describes the experience.  However I have had friends that swear by United so I’d certainly be keen to try them again, as long as the aircraft had the new seat.

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