This week American Airlines announced a second daily non stop flight between PHL and LHR staring on March 29, 2015, while Delta Airlines announced new daily service between PHL and LHR starting on April 8, 2015.The American Airlines flight will be a daily day-time flight operated with a US Airways Boeing 757-200 with the following schedule: (all times local)
Departs PHL at 9:55 a.m.
Arrives at LHR at 10:10 p.m.
Departs LHR at 8:20 a.m.
Arrives at PHL at 11:35 a.m.
According to the American Airlines press release, “American’s second PHL-LHR flight will provide a convenient daytime departure option for customers connecting from airports along the East Coast, further cementing American and British Airways as the top choice for travel from the U.S. to London.”
Meanwhile, the new Delta Airlines flight will be in the evening, also on a Boeing 757-200, with the following schedule: (all times local)
Departs PHL at 7:04 p.m.
Arrives at LHR at 7:30 a.m. (+1 day)
Departs LHR at 12:30 p.m.
Arrives at PHL at 4:00 p.m.
According to the Delta Air Lines “The service to Philadelphia, which is already among the partnership’s top 15 onward destinations, is another step by Delta and Virgin Atlantic to strengthen their network between the U.K. and U.S.. Passenger choice was enhanced last month when Delta took over the operation of one of Virgin Atlantic’s two daily Heathrow-Los Angeles flights on the same day Virgin Atlantic started operating one of Delta’s three flights between Heathrow and its hometown airport in Atlanta. The airlines also started nonstop service from Heathrow to Seattle in March this year.”
While both American Airlines and Delta Airlines new service to London gives customers greater access to London, and connections thru London, both carriers have only committed to operating Boeing 757-200s on the route, so while it’s opening up new routes, it’s not flooding them with tons of seats. Time will tell if both airlines can sustain this route.