New London Express air service to begin later this month
Monday 21 March 2011
Flights between the US and UK are set to get easier thanks to a tie-up between two major transatlantic carriers.
American Airlines and British Airways announced March 17 that they are to set up a shuttle service which will operate between New York's JFK and London Heathrow, dubbed the "London Express."
Under the plans, the two carriers will align their timetables so that flights are spaced evenly throughout the day - offering a departure from the UK to New York hourly for much of the afternoon and into the evening.
For the return hop, schedules have been smoothed to provide same-day arrivals with more logical departure times - instead of two flights leaving JFK at 8:30 AM, one will depart at 8 AM and one at 9:30 AM.
When the new timetable goes into operation on March 27, there will be 15 flights a day between the two cities, up from the 11 daily which fly currently and more than ever before.
The new services are being set up as a result of the merger of American, BA and Iberia, with several other new changes being planned which will affect flights between London and Chicago, Miami and Boston.
The 'NyLon' route, as it is known by aviation insiders, was once one of the most profitable and prestigious in the world, with airlines battling over a limited number of slots available to ferry business travelers and tourists across the Atlantic.
Although the number of passengers was hit by the recession and the growth of Asian aviation has resulted in far busier routes, it remains an important product for the handful of airlines that offer it (which also include Continental, Virgin Atlantic and Delta).
Although Concorde may no longer be the route's brand ambassador, it emerged last year that prices are ticking up, reportedly seeing percentage increases in the double digits on average.
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