British Airways has scheduled a third daily flight to London Heathrow (LHR) from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
Set to commence on June 6, 2022, this flight will cross the Atlantic during the day — great news for anyone who’s not a fan of red-eye flights.
“We are pleased to be launching our third daily flight from Newark, to further strengthen our New York-London schedule,” said Neil Chernoff, Director of Networks and Alliances for British Airways.
If that wasn’t enough exciting news for you, BA shared that it will resume its daytime flight from New York (JFK) to its base in London starting March 2, 2022. The daytime flight from JFK has been suspended since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s more information about the flights, and why a day flight from the East Coast to London is the preference of many a frequent flyer.
Day Flights From Newark to London
Starting June 6, 2022, the new daytime service from Newark (EWR) to London (LHR) will operate daily, with the following schedule:
- Depart Newark (EWR) 7:55 a.m. — Arrive London Heathrow (LHR) 7:55 p.m.
The leg departing London for Newark will be flown according to the following schedule:
- Depart London Heathrow (LHR) 7:10 p.m. — Arrive Newark (EWR) 10 p.m.
The aircraft will then spend the night at Newark before jetting across the Atlantic early the following morning.
Those opting for the new daytime service will get to experience the Club Suite product in business class, offered in a 1-2-1 configuration, as the route will be operated by the airlines’ retrofitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
One downside, however, is that these jets don’t have first class cabins. You’ll have to fly to JFK if you prefer first class over business class.
Day Flights From New York City to London
BA’s daytime JFK-LHR service will return as of March 2, 2022. The flight is scheduled to depart 15 minutes later but arrive slightly earlier than the Newark flight:
- Depart New York (JFK) 8:05 a.m. — Arrive London Heathrow (LHR) 7:50 p.m.
This flight between LHR and JFK will be the latest departure of the day from London to any New York-area airport:
- Depart London Heathrow (LHR) 7:45 p.m. — Arrive New York (JFK) 10:40 p.m.
And just like the Newark flight, the aircraft will spend the night at JFK before heading back across the Atlantic bright and early the following morning.
Benefits of a Day Flight
Talk to any frequent flyer and they’ll likely tell you the same thing: it’s nearly impossible to feel well-rested after a short overnight flight from the East Coast to London (most are only around 6 hours in duration) — especially if you’re not flying in a lie-flat bed.
Day flights eliminate the awful exhaustion and confusion that often comes after red-eye flights. While technically these daytime flights mean that you “lose” an entire day to flying across the ocean, it’s a trade-off many prefer if it means less jet lag after getting off the plane.
“The convenient morning departure is popular with customers who might prefer having an extra night in New York or arriving in London in the evening to start their following day more refreshed,” said Chernoff.
Another bonus is that people on both sides of the Atlantic will be awake and working, meaning you can utilize the inflight Wi-Fi and spend the day working from your office in the sky.
Hot Tip: Check out our definitive guide to British Airways’ direct routes from the U.S., as well as the best ways to fly to London with points and miles.
The return of British Airways’ daytime flight from JFK and the introduction of a daytime flight from Newark brings BA’s transatlantic operation closer to how it was before the pandemic. Next time you’re thinking of heading to London (or beyond) with BA, we highly recommend trying out the daytime flight — you may never choose the red-eye again!
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