British Airways has launched a new direct flight between London and New Orleans. It will be a four-times-a-week service from Heathrow and the first trans-Atlantic commercial flight out of New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport since 1982.
Nicolas Krohne, Vice President of Sales for British Airways said, “We are honoured to be able to connect New Orleans with London Heathrow and the 130 plus destinations that British Airways flies to across Europe and beyond. With a favourable exchange rate and special fares available, Britain has never been more affordable.”
The new route will be operated by a three-class Boeing 787-8, making British Airways the only airline to be flying direct between Europe and New Orleans.
BA’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner can hold up to 214 passengers across three cabins – 154 seats in World Traveller (economy), 25 seats in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 35 seats in Club World (business).
Sean Doyle, Director of BA’s Networks and Alliances, said: “We are really excited to be adding New Orleans to British Airways’ extensive global network. It’s a city that boasts an iconic music and arts scene and plays host to more than 130 festivals a year, including the world famous Mardi Gras.
“Holidaymakers can enjoy the jazz and blues music trails, visit the historic sugarcane plantations, cruise down the Mississippi River or relax on the unspoilt Gulf Shores and Orange Beaches which are just a short drive away.”
The new flights will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flights will depart from London Heathrow at 3.40pm and arrive in New Orleans at 7:40pm. The return flight will leave New Orleans at 9.10pm, arriving into London at 12.00 noon the next day.