United Airlines Launches A New Route To The UK

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United's Older Business Class Seats

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As part of United Airlines’ celebrations of 80 years of service to/from Denver it has announced that it will operate a new daily non-stop seasonal service between Denver International Airport and London Heathrow.

When I first saw the headline of the press release I automatically assumed that the route would operate during the winter season (Denver is a gateway to a number of well-known ski areas like Aspen and Vail) but I was wrong.

The new Denver – London service will operate between 24 March and 26 October 2018 on the following schedule:

UA27 DEN 17:35 – 09:40+ 1 day LHR
UA26 LHR 11:40 – 14:30 DEN

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Steve Jaquith, VP of United’s Denver hub had this to say:

For the last 80 years, United has played an integral role in serving the Denver region and helping Denver International become an essential hub connecting business and leisure travelers to destinations around the globe,

Our new service to London will provide more customers with convenient one-stop opportunities from markets that are served only through Denver, and we’re excited to bring this new service to the Mile High City.

United will employ a 787-8 Dreamliner on its new seasonal route so that will mean 36 Business Class seats, 70 Economy Plus seats and 113 regular Economy Class seats.

Here are the seat stats per SeatGuru.com:

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To be honest it could be worse.

17.3″ of seat width is terrible (sadly that’s pretty much the standard seat width for US legacy airlines nowadays ) but 32″ of seat pitch in standard Economy Class is an improvement on the 31″ that we see more often.

Although United Airlines will call the Business Class cabin on this route “Polaris” it will not be offering the new Polaris seat – those are only being fitted (very, very slowly) to the airline’s 777-300 aircraft – but the seats will still be lie-flat.

a row of seats in an airplaneUnited’s 787 Business Class Seats

What Business Class passengers can expect (apparently) is:

[A] reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers, including elevated inflight food and beverages, tranquil custom bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue and exclusive amenity kits with products from Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa.


Seats are already available on this route and, as thing stand, Economy Class fares start at $841:

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While Business Class fares start around a ridiculous $4,155 so I’d look for a mileage redemption if you’d like to fly this route in comfort:

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Bottom Line

Ignoring the silly Business Class fares it’s always good to have another option to the UK from the West Coast (or close to the West Coast).

$841 is actually a pretty reasonable fare to London so, if you live in the Denver area that may be something to think about.