On Wednesday, United Airlines announced plans to begin offering nonstop seasonal flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) next March. The route will run between March 24, 2018 and October 26, 2018 and is pending government approval.

“Our new service to London will provide more customers with convenient one-stop opportunities from markets that are served only though Denver, and we’re excited to bring this new service to the Mile High City,” said Steve Jaquith, Vice President of United’s Denver hub. “For the last 80 years, United has played an integral role in serving the Denver region and helping Denver International become an essential hub connecting business and travelers to destinations around the globe.”

United plans to operate the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the route. The plane will have a configuration of 36 flat-bed United Polaris business class seats, 70 Economy Plus seats, and 113 United Economy seats.

United will operate flights between DEN and LHR daily. United flight 27 will depart DEN at 5:35pm (local time) and arrive at LHR at 9:40am (local time) the next day. The return flight, United 26, will leave LHR at 11:40am (local time) and land at DEN at 2:30pm (local time).

United previously flew this route between 2008 and 2011. However, the Chicago-based carrier said that, at the time, it wasn’t getting the “right mix of high-margin business travelers and leisure passengers to turn a profit on the route”.

United has operated flights into and out of DEN since 1937. It has operate 6.5 million flights through the airport since then, delivering 580 million customers.

“We are so appreciative of our partnership with United Airlines and beyond excited that they continue to grow in Denver with this new service to London Heathrow beginning next March,” said Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day. “These new flights will complement United’s successful nonstop service to Tokyo Narita, making United the only carrier to provide both transatlantic and transpacific flights from Denver.”

British Airways is, currently, the only airline that offers nonstop flights between DEN and LHR. However, Norwegian plans to start nonstop flights between DEN and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) in September.

“Each of these airlines can compete here,” said Laura Jackson, Vice President of Air Service Development at Denver International Airport. “While British Airways offers a connection to London, they also connect to hubs across the Middle East and Europe. Norwegian and United offer something different. There will be different types of passengers taking each airline.”

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