15 JANUARY 2018
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Transatlantic travel could be in for a record year.
From 20 May, British Airways will launch a five-days-a-week service from Heathrow (LHR) to Nashville (BNA) with a Boeing B787-8. The airline is also adding Las Vegas (LAS) to its summer 2018 schedule from Gatwick (LGW), with three flights a week from 27 March. Also from Heathrow, United will fly non-stop to Denver (DEN) in the summer season between March–October with daily B787 flights.
Continuing its transatlantic expansion from Gatwick, Norwegian is to launch two new year-round services to Chicago (ORD) starting on 25 March and three-weekly to Austin (AUS) from 27 March, again with the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.
Newcomer Primera Air will introduce non-stop American flights in 2018, with A321neo aircraft. The airline will operate daily services to New York Newark (EWR) from Stansted Airport (STN) and Birmingham (BHX), starting on 19 April and 18 May respectively. Primera will also launch a Boston (BOS) service four times a week from Stansted Airport (STN) on 18 May and from Birmingham (BHX) on 22 June, plus Toronto (YYZ) (see BTN 30 October 2017).
Thomas Cook Airlines is to expand its long-haul flight programme from Manchester (MAN) with a new route to Seattle (SEA) starting on 27 May. The Seattle flight will be operated by Airbus A330-200 twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays.
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