The first flight to arrive into the new London Heathrow (LHR) terminal 2, dubbed “The Queens Terminal” was United Airlines flight 958, a Boeing 767-300 from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). This first arrival docked at gate 38B at 5:49am local time.
This was the first of United’s 17 scheduled flights to arrive into Terminal 2 today. This brings all United flight operations at London Heathrow (LHR) under one roof at Heathrow. Previously, United Flights were split between Terminals 1 and 4, which created confusion among some passengers. The split was in-part a result of gates acquired with the United/Continental merger along with renovations at Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow T2: State of the Art
Terminal 2 features fast routes between check-in and security for United customers, along with fast track services for premium passengers. Once checked in, the terminal touts a wide variety of shopping, dining, and seating options in what has been described as a “light, airy, spacious building” — words that don’t normally describe (other) parts of Heathrow Airport.
The new terminal will relieve traffic at other terminals which have been bursting at the seams as Heathrow renovates and it’ll eventually bring all Star Alliance carriers under one roof.
United’s Bob Schumacher, Managing Director of Sales, U.K. & Ireland, commented, “Heathrow is one of the most important airports in United’s global network, and Terminal 2 represents a huge improvement in the service and facilities we are able to provide to all our customers, whether they’re departing, arriving or connecting.” Schumacher continued, “We’re extremely proud to be the first airline to operate from the new Terminal 2 and to consolidate our Heathrow operations in the airport’s most advanced terminal.”
Is it Heathrow’s “most advanced terminal?” — That’ll be up to the passengers to decide as British Airways and other carriers continually improve their facilities.
As the month progresses, the 22 Star Alliance partners which fly to London Heathrow (LHR) will move into Terminal 2, allowing for connecting flights between Star Alliance carriers to be made under one roof.
Heathrow T2: United Club and Global First Lounge
Both the United Club and Global First Lounge opened at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) today. Combined, they the lounges total 22,000 square feet and floor-to-ceiling windows with airfield views. Other offerings include complimentary food and drink as well as Wi-Fi Internet service and business facilities. The lounge also provides showers and other amenities travelers demand.