is my most flown route in the world.
At last count I have made this journey 26 times in 5 years.
In fact in 2004 I have flown this route 5 times.
I have flown all UA
's flight numbers from LHR
to NYC area (EWR
) and seen there service decline over the last 3 years.
without doubt rule the LHR
I rate VS
service the highest, with AA
, sadly UA
is the withered arm of the route.
Ive flown UA
3 times from LHR
this year, Jan, Feb, June.
On all occasions the a/c was not full. In fact in June I flew last minute on an $800 ticket and was complimentary upgraded to Business.
Business was mostly empty, First WAS EMPTY
This for me was the biggest warning sign I saw on UA
Many Star Alliance flyers are starting to use BMI
's Manchester Services to the US as this without doubt competes highly with VS
and keeps Star Alliance Loyalty. (I also have used this three times this year). If BMI
opened a MAN
route that would see UA
's end of transatlantic business from me. (Though US does a MAN
US Airways isnt really cutting it as there service is much like UA
's, though credit goes to them flying from other airports besides LGW
arent really suitable as reason fares from the UK are not available due to local EU demand from the UK for their flights).
More recently Ive been using VS
's service on the LHR
route, as I qualified stargold with both BMI
, and as such figure extra comfort and miles in a new airline is worth it and VS
offers the frequency and the service.
It's a pity.. UA
used to offer so much more than the bare bones service from LHR
they do today.
Btw... Unless i'm going to LAX
there's really little point to JFK
anymore with UA
. In both cases... for IAD
I fly to MAN
and use BMI
, or fly to MAN
and goto ORD
(or go direct with UA
My worst fear is UA
will pull out of the UK, I'm believing this end will come from LHR
by mid-next year. UA
now has less than 10 flights a day to the US from LHR
, and they dont fly from any other UK airport. (ORD
So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY