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United Airlines has removed its Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) route from its schedule as of October 29th. The airline will still offer 22 daily flights to London from its other hubs.
Boston service began in March 2022 and had many pundits wondering why United would offer a transatlantic flight from an airport other than its hubs. American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and Virgin Atlantic all fly this route. It was already a crowded space and while Boston is a focus city for United, it has a host of other airports to handle connections with lots of flight options (Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) has seven daily flights to Boston).
United’s flight is operated by a Boeing 767-300ER with 46 Polaris (Business Class) seats. For a long time, this was an easy upgrade (now there are no easy upgrades to Europe as every seat is being sold). When this flight is pulled, it will mark the end of Star Alliance service between London and Boston (London-based Star Alliance members can still connect through Frankfurt or Munich on Lufthansa to get to Beantown).
Anthony’s Take: It’s pretty clear that this flight was started to try to hurt JetBlue as it got into the transatlantic game. It’s also a heavy business route and business travel has yet to fully return. It will be interesting to see where United employs this plane next and if it will just be added into existing routes or could it be used for another destination United might be cooking up?
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