United celebrates silver at Heathrow

United Airlines marked 25 years of serving Heathrow on April 4 by decorating its check-in area at Terminal 2 and signing up a barber shop quartet to entertain customers. 


United’s first scheduled flight to Heathrow, a Boeing 747 aircraft from Washington, D.C., landed on April 4, 1991, followed by flights arriving from New York/JFK, San Francisco and Miami later that same day.

Since then United, which now operates up to 17 flights a day from Heathrow to six of its U.S. hubs - Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C./Dulles - has carried over 42 million customers on more than 233,000 flights to and from the airport.

The Heathrow milestone came in the same week as United’s 90th birthday. The airline operated its first flight from Pasco, Washington, to Boise, Idaho, on April 6, 1926.

In addition to its Heathrow service, United offers non-stop service from Manchester to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Washington/Dulles, from Edinburgh to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Chicago, from Belfast, Birmingham and Glasgow to New York/Newark, and from Newcastle to New York/Newark (on a seasonal basis).

Pictured: Heathrow Airport Limited presented Arvind Garcha, United’s Director of Airport Operations Heathrow, and her team with a cake to congratulate them on a quarter-century of service at the airport.

Icelandair makes Chicago its 16th North American city

Icelandair has introduced a new year-round service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The flights operate four times a week from Iceland - on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays - with easy connections from six airports in the UK.


Icelandair, in operation since 1937, has a long history of providing flights from Europe to the U.S. including a 15-year stint to Chicago that began in 1973.

The reintroduction of the Windy City brings the number of North American gateways offered by Icelandair to 16: Anchorage, Vancouver, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Minneapolis, Toronto, Orlando, Washington DC, New York (JFK & Newark), Boston, Chicago, Halifax and Montreal (both Canada).

The airline operates flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports.