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British Airways To Start New Orleans Service

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | October 22, 2016

British Airways To Start New Orleans Service

 

PHOTO: The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will be used for flights between London and New Orleans. (Courtesy British Airways)

 

Why this hasn’t happened before is a bit of a head-scratcher but ….

Big Ben, meet The Big Easy.

Crawfish, meet fish and chips.

British Airways has announced it will begin service between London Heathrow and New Orleans in March with four flights per week beginning March 27, 2017.

The flights will be the only nonstop service to Europe from Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans.  Tickets are available to purchase on ba.com already.

“We are delighted to be adding New Orleans to the British Airways global network. It’s such a vibrant city and like London, it boasts an iconic music and arts scene. I’m sure it will be a big hit with British visitors,” Simon Brooks, senior vice president of sales for British Airways, said in a statement. “We are also pleased to be connecting our two cities as developing technology hubs and look forward to increased business opportunities as a result of the new service.”   

British Airways is rolling out the big gun for this, too, by utilizing its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.  The new service will provide a direct connection to London but also allow travelers to connect onto more than 130 destinations within the British Airways network, throughout Europe and beyond.

Flight BA225 will depart from London Heathrow at 3:40 p.m. and arrive Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 7:40 p.m. Flight BA224 will leave New Orleans at 9:10 p.m., arriving into London at Noon the next day.

“For years, we have pursued bringing more direct international flights to Armstrong Airport and with the addition of British Airways it’s clear our hard work is paying off,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Now, traveling from London to New Orleans and likewise from New Orleans abroad will be more economical and save time, unleashing new economic ties and cultural exchanges for our region’s businesses.  Nonstop flights to London open a gateway to new international markets that will create jobs and new opportunity. In advance of our city’s tricentennial in 2018 and the opening of the new North Terminal project, New Orleans is poised for big things as we welcome more travelers from around the world to our world-class city.” 

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