kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8442 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7852 times:
Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter): In august/september our family are looking to go to New York. My dad claims that when he was searching for flights he saw a DIRECT UA flight from BHX to JFK. Is this for real??
Is he sure that it wasn't a UA codeshare on the BHX-EWR flight operated by CO ? That would be my guess .
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surfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2731 posts, RR: 31 Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7197 times:
Now now, UA would be in MAN (the next most important British market, after London) loooooong before BHX. That said, I imagine they are probably looking at quite a few European cities - perhaps a return to MXP and/or DUS, or more capitals - DUB and MAD will be covered by EI, and partner *A already fly to CPH and VIE, but maybe ARN, TXL, PRG, ATH, and/or IST would do well for them. I would think DUS, TXL, and IST would be the most logical European additions, though I think other transatlantic flights - TLV, CAI, DEL, BOM, maybe even AMM or RUH - might be more lucrative right now.
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gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2964 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6656 times:
I think the likely explanation is when your Dad was looking for flights, the booking engine have has shown flights to other airports in the NYC metro area, and instead of displaying the CO flight it has shown the same flight with a UA flight code...
Depending on the booking engine used, they quite often show alternative airports serving the same city... For example, I have seen in the past US Airways LGW to CLT flight, being operated by BMI, and was searching for flights LHR to CLT.
Also some booking engines also allow you to search by city instead and have their own IATA code as opposed to IATA codes for the airport itself. Like some engines recognise LON as London (covering LHR, LGW, STN, LTN and LCY) and NYC as New York covering (JFK, EWR and LGA), etc...