FIRST-TIME VISITORS to the USA might have preconceptions about this vast country, but a trip to the US will undoubtedly reveal we have much in common apart from cultural imports: a shared heritage allows more similarities than differences.


The United States is fertile territory for UK trade with companies in each country keen to do business with others from 'across the pond'.

A review by US Economic Outlook shows strong job creation in the US, plus strong markets, an improved fiscal position and increased consumer spending – all contributing to above-trend growth.

UK Trade and Investment lists business potential in US industries such as aerospace, the automotive sector – particularly low carbon technology – air pollution reduction, consumer goods, water quality and the creative and media sectors.

But the challenges in the world’s largest market are significant, warns UKTI, ranging from regional differences between the 50 market states, to strong competition and high customer service expectations.

Cope with these factors, it adds, and there is a good chance UK trade in goods and services will increase significantly from the £135billion figure in 2012


New York JFK JFK is served from London Heathrow by American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and Kuwait Airways, providing a total of 117 flights a week. BA also operates a twicedaily (weekdays) all-business class service from London City while and Norwegian flies to JFK thriceweekly from London Gatwick. In addition, American Airlines and PIA fly from Manchester to JFK, and Delta will launch a daily service on the route this June.

New York Newark From London Heathrow, British Airways flies to Newark 13 times a week, Virgin Atlantic twice-daily, and United 35 times a week. Delta launches a daily service from Heathrow to Newark at the end of March. United also flies twice daily to Newark from Edinburgh and daily from Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. Additionally, it will launch a five-times-weekly service from Newcastle this summer.

From Heathrow, United flies to Chicago three times a day, American Airlines 15 times a week, and British Airways twice-daily. Lufthansa serves the Windy City with a daily service from both Frankfurt and Munich, the same frequency as Air France operates out of Paris Charles de Gaulle. KLM flies five times a week out of its Amsterdam Schiphol hub.

United flies from Heathrow to Houston thrice-daily and BA ten times a week. Air France and Lufthansa offer daily departures from Paris CDG and Frankfurt respectively, and KLM has two services a week from Schiphol.

From Heathrow, BA and Virgin fly to Atlanta daily, and Delta departs twice-daily. Delta/Virgin also operates a daily service out of Manchester. Continental flights include Lufthansa’s one a day from Frankfurt, while Air France flies to Atlanta from Paris CDG twice a day and KLM from Schiphol daily.

Daily departures from Heathrow to Los Angeles are offered by Delta, American Airlines, United, Air New Zealand and Virgin, with BA flying twice a day. There is a twice-weekly Norwegian service out of Gatwick. Departures from the continent include Lufthansa’s daily service from Frankfurt and five flights a week from Munich; 17 Air France flights a week from Paris CDG, and a daily KLM flight from Schiphol.

Strong competition between airlines in the US has resulted in a wide variation in fares, with a sizeable increase in budget carriers, among them Southwest Airlines, Jet Blue, Frontier, Spirit and Virgin America. If you have a multi-destination itinerary it’s worth considering a potentially cost-saving air pass offered by the likes of Star Alliance, SkyTeam and oneworld. The price depends on the number of flight segments purchased.

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