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When it comes to choosing which airlines to fly from London to North America, the decision has always been a relatively easy one.
Whilst BA and Virgin are both prone to having good and bad days and have been guilty of paring back their in flight service in recent years, they have still always offered generally better cabin comfort and in flight service than their US counterparts.
However, these differences are becoming less pronounced, not least because American Airlines’ new Boeing 777-300 aircraft will be operating on one of American Airlines’ daily London – New York flights from later this week.
American Airlines is offering a marked upgrade in cabin comfort and arguably the best overall in-flight product across the atlantic. Passengers in all cabins will benefit from in-flight WiFi, on demand in-flight entertainment, and AC power outlets and USB sockets in every seat. The business class cabin will feature what is probably the best business class seat in the sky with a seat converts into a fully flat bed, and with all seats having aisle access. Although, unlike BA and Virgin, American Airlines does not have a premium economy cabin, extra leg room “Main Cabin Extra” economy seats are available.
With the London – New York route being one of the most lucrative traffic corridors in the world and the forthcoming joint-venture between Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic on flights from London Heathrow which will operate some nine daily services on the London – New York route, we are likely to see a lot of competitive activity in the coming years.
American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300 aircraft will also be operating on the London – Dallas Fort Worth and London – Los Angeles route later this year. Below is the planned timetable for Boeing 777-300 flights. However, before making bookings for specific flights, please bear in mind that aircraft substitutions can be made at short notice, not least when an airline is introducing a new aircraft into its fleet.
London Heathrow – New York (from 16 March 2013)
Flight AA101 – London Heathrow – New York JFK – 09:45 – 13:35
Flight AA100 – New York JFK – London Heathrow – 19:10 – 06:20
London Heathrow – New York (additionally from 9 May 2013)
Flight AA107 – London Heathrow – New York JFK – 17:05 – 21:10
Flight AA106 – New York JFK – London Heathrow – 23:30 – 10:30
London Heathrow – Dallas Fort Worth (from 2 April 2013)
Flight AA051 – London Heathrow – Dallas Fort Worth – 09:30 – 13:35
Flight AA050 – Dallas Fort Worth – London Heathrow – 16:35 – 07:50
London Heathrow – Los Angeles (from 13 June 2013)
Flight AA137 – London Heathrow – Los Angeles – 14:00 – 17:20
Flight AA136 – Los Angeles – London Heathrow – 19:50 – 14:15
These flights can either be booked via American Airlines or as codeshares on British Airways (they should be identified as operated by American and they depart from Heathrow Terminal 3 instead of Terminal 5).