British Airways (BA) has announced it will begin year-round service to London from New Orleans beginning 27 March 2017. This new international non-stop flight departs four times per week from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to London Heathrow (LHR). From London Heathrow, British Airways’ passengers can connect seamlessly to over 130 destinations in Europe and beyond, BA said in a statement.
New Orleans is a base port for a number of cruise ships that sail in the Caribbean.
Simon Brooks, Senior Vice President, British Airways, said "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. 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 will be operating a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, the newest aircraft of their fleet. Each of the Dreamliner’s 214 seats is equipped with widescreen TVs, an entertainment system capable of connecting with passengers’ devices, and an in-seat chat system for talking to family or friends on the flight.
The aircraft is divided into three cabins with 154 seats in World Traveller (economy), 25 seats in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), and 35 seats in Club World (business). Passengers can enjoy free meals, beverages, and a free checked bag.
The new service will depart from London Heathrow at 3:40pm and arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 7:40pm. The departure will be at 9:10pm from New Orleans arriving into London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 12:00 noon the next day.