The new UK airline launching cheap flights to US next year – where economy passengers will feel ‘a million dollars’

A NEW UK airline has promised to give economy class passengers a “million dollar feel” when it launches its services next year.

Global Airlines has acquired four Airbus A380s and plans to begin flights between London and America in spring 2024.

Global Airlines plans to launch cheap flights to America next summer


Global Airlines plans to launch cheap flights to America next summerPhoto credit: PA

Although the airline promises low costs, it also strives to provide better service than its competitors, according to the entrepreneur who founded the company.

James Asquith, 34, has promised passengers a “return to the golden age of flight” claiming there will be better food and drink and a more luxurious experience overall.

He said the times: “People are fed up with the service they get from current airlines. We will be better.”

The airline’s finer offering includes Laurent Perrier champagne, also for economy flyers.

Meanwhile, first-class ticket holders are entitled to chauffeur-driven airport transfers and “proper social space” on board.

He continued, “Having a strong product in first class should have an impact on economy class and make economy class people feel like they have a million dollars.”

Before anyone can fly the planes, the airline first needs a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permit and an Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

It also has to convince the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US that it is a safe airline.

Some people have criticized Global, saying that buying the A380, the largest passenger plane on the market, is a bad idea as smaller planes are expected to be used much more frequently in the future of air travel.

Smaller aircraft can now cover longer journeys at a fraction of the cost of larger aircraft like the A380.

An aviation source told the Times that Global’s vision is an “expensive pipe dream”.

However, Asquith said the larger planes would help him and Global deliver on their promises of luxury.

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In May he said: “Our aspiration is to be the best way to fly and the A380 – with its unmatched levels of space, comfort and service – will be instrumental in realizing that vision.”

“The purchase of our first aircraft shows that we are well on our way to go global.

“The next step is to overhaul the aircraft and convert it to our exacting specifications to offer our customers the best experience in the sky today.”

“Purchasing our aircraft rather than leasing demonstrates our commitment to financial security and resilience from day one.”

He hopes Global will begin flying to both Los Angeles and New York from Gatwick Airport next year.

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Meanwhile, thousands of passengers were stranded earlier this year after British airline Flybe closed and grounded all flights.

And in February, Norwegian airline Flyr filed for bankruptcy.

James Asquith aims to provide a luxury experience for all of its passengers


James Asquith aims to provide a luxury experience for all of its passengersPhoto credit: Handout

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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