Daytime Flights To Europe From The U.S.

Daytime Flights To Europe From The U.S. You Wished You Knew About

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Daytime Flights To Europe From The U.S.

Most of the flights from the U.S. to Europe depart at night. However, there are some airlines that operate what are called daytime flights. Let me answer some questions about transatlantic flights and then we can take a look at these daytime flights.

Airplanes in London-Heathrow (LHR)

Airplanes in London-Heathrow (LHR)

Why Are Transatlantic Flights Always At Night? (Overnight Flights To Europe)

There are several reasons for this:

  1. Landing slots. These are controlled by the airports and airlines have to bid for them. These are extremely hard to come by and expensive.
  2. Landings are only allowed certain times of the day. So if the airlines leave too early they would arrive during the night and there would be no services to accommodate them such as trains, taxis, etc. Plus the noise they make would wake up the locals and that’s not allowed. Some airports do not allow landings before 6a and after 10p.
  3. Onward flight connections; see below for more on this
  4. It’s also making business travel convenient. As an example, you can work all day then take an overnight flight to Europe and arrive the next morning. If you fly in business class, you could get some rest on the flight and be ready to go when you arrive by using the airport arrival lounges.

Onward Flight Connections from Europe

Having day flights to Europe limits the number of same day European connections you can have once you arrive in London-Heathrow. But if you overnight at the airport hotel, you can get onward flight connections first thing in the morning.

Welcome To Terminal 3 - London-Heathrow

What time do I arrive?

As shown below, the day flights arrive late at night, usually between 7p and 11p. This gives you plenty of time to get a good night’s rest and be ready for the next morning’s meetings or activities. Unless you’re a night owl and want to go see London by night :-).

 

What cities have daytime flights to London?

Boston, MA (BOS) To London-Heathrow (LHR)

British Airways (BA)

  • BA 238 departs  at 7:30a and arrives at 7:00p daily on a Boeing 787-9 with a flight time of 6h 30m
British Airways (BA) Boeing 787-9

British Airways (BA) Boeing 787-9

New York-JFK (JFK) to London-Heathrow (LHR)

American Airlines (AA)

  • AA142 departs at 10:00a and arrives at 10:10p daily except Saturdays, on a Boeing 777-200 with a flight time of 7h 10m

British Airways (BA)

  • BA178 departs at 8:05a and arrives at 7:50p daily on a Boeing 777-200 with a flight time of 6h 45m

Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS)

  • VS26 departs at 8:15a and arrives at 8:05p daily on an Airbus A350-1000  with a flight time of 6h 50m
British Airways (BA) Boeing 777-200

British Airways (BA) Boeing 777-200

Newark, NJ (EWR) to London-Heathrow (LHR)

British Airways (BA)

  • BA180 departs at 7:55a and arrives at 7:35p five times a week on a Boeing 777-200 with a flight time of 6h 40m

United Airlines (UA)

  • UA934 departs at 8:30a and arrives at 8:35p daily on a Boeing 767-300 with a flight time of 7h 05m
United Airlines (UA) Boeing 767-300

United Airlines (UA) Boeing 767-300

What Time Is The Last Flight From London To The U.S.?

To make these daytime flights to London work, they have a paired flight that leaves London very late at night, since by the time it arrives, it would be too late to return. As a result, the airplane usually overnights; i.e. stays at the airport and leaves the next morning.

For someone flying for business, they are perfect as you can attend meetings all day and then take the last flight home. As a non-rev, you can have fun all day and then take the last flight back. These flights are actually perfect for day trips as the return flight and you can take an overnight flight in.

Let’s take a look at the return flights:

London-Heathrow (LHR) To Boston, MA (BOS)

British Airways (BA)

  • BA 239 departs  at 7:05p and arrives at 9:45p daily on a Boeing 787-9 with a flight time of 7h 40m

London-Heathrow (LHR) To New York-JFK (JFK)

American Airlines (AA)

  • AA141 departs at 7:15p and arrives at 10:22p daily except Saturdays, on a Boeing 777-200 with a flight time of 8h 07m

British Airways (BA)

  • BA183 departs at 7:45p and arrives at 10:45p daily on a Boeing 777-200 with a flight time of 8h 00m

Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS)

  • VS25 departs at 8:20p and arrives at 11:20p daily on an Airbus A350-1000  with a flight time of 8h 00m

London-Heathrow (LHR) To Newark, NJ (EWR)

British Airways (BA)

  • BA181 departs at 6:50p and arrives at 10:00p four times a week on a Boeing 777-200 with a flight time of 8h 10m

United Airlines (UA)

  • UA921 departs at 6:00p and arrives at 9:35p daily on a Boeing 767-300 with a flight time of 8h 35m

Google Flights

So how do you book these flights?

I suggest starting with Google Flights, this way you can see all the options. See the screenshot below.

You can sort by Departure Time so you can see the daytime flights first. Click on the one you want and then book on the airline’s website. remember to add you r frequent flyer number so you can get credit.

New York-JFK to London-Heathrow Daytime Flights to Europe

New York-JFK to London-Heathrow Daytime Flights to Europe

Have you flown any of these flights? Or another daytime transatlantic flight?