Ladies and Gents:
This is not the return of Concorde. Why so heavily debated without presentation of facts? The flight does not show for sale, even in one year's time, in any GDS. Considering the current state of worldwide affairs with regard to the COVID19 pandemic, it is more than safe to say this route will not take flight in the near future.
IIRC, BOS is LHR's second largest U.S. market after NYC. It's a huge market that *A/A++ is missing out on. And although UA doesn't call LHR a hub, T2 is a de facto *A hub. BOS-LHR and BOS-NRT are 2 routes that I'd argue, need a *A presence.
BOS is *NOT* the "Number Two" market from London Heathrow. Statistics supporting this fact are readily available via OAG, IATA, the U.S. BTS, Massport (operator of Logan) or HAHL (operator of Heathrow). Whether you interpret and scrutinize the data by actual seats offered, enplanements or frequencies, the number two position is not held by Boston. There is not a market United or Star Alliance "misses out on" unless the carrier(s) do not provide service to that particular location. According to United, which continues to operate as an airline, it is plainly obvious that the absence of this nonstop route on their network does not negatively impact revenues at this time.
I still think, if this does go, it needs to drop to a 752, just like JFK-SFO/LAX.
Would it not stand to reason that if United deemed the route to be a profit center during the "good years" 2013-2019 it would have been re-introduced with a more capable airplane, as you mention, the Boeing 757?
That's just not going to be a competitive product in the BOS-London market, not for business class amenities nor for coach CASM, against AA/BA/DL/VS. 752s may be suited to thin TATL markets where there's little or no non-stop competition.
Your argument is invalid; historically United operated the Boeing 757 from EWR/IAD to LHR. The onboard product was competitive and in-line with industry standards.
Significant traffic potential from academia - MIT / Boston College and their links with Oxford / Cambridge / LSE. Many professors etc don’t fly coach.vAlso GE HQ now in Boston and while they have a corporate flight department, it shrunk significantly during last round of cost reduction. One stop connection via LHR to Star Alliance network gives options beyond FRA / MUC as a hub
Are you suggesting that the academic community in Boston provides United with enough revenue to make the flight sustainable and profitable? This is a baseless assertion without quantifiable data.
Your further assertion that General Electric could provide United with enough revenue to provide route sustainability and profitability is contrary to the evidence readily available through research. As a corporation, General Electric recently concluded a major restructuring which includes a focus on emerging markets (Asia, India) and reduced travel expenditures. References:
GE Year 2020 Overview: https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Corp ... 00/2020/GE
GE Year 2019 Overview: https://www.businesstravelnews.com/Corp ... 00/2020/GE