MIAMI — British Airways announced Thursday it will start year-round service to London Heathrow from New Orleans in March 2017.
Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, departing Heathrow at 15:40 and arriving into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport at 19:40, with the return service leaving New Orleans at 21:10 and landing in London at 12:00 the following day, all local times.
“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,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “In advance of our city’s tricentennial in 2018 and the opening of 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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The route will be served by the carrier’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner fleet, which accommodate 214 passengers across three cabins, with 154 seats in World Traveller (economy), 25 seats in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 35 seats in Club World (business).
“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,” said Simon Brooks, senior vice president sales for British Airways.
The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this year that German leisure carrier Condor Airlines would begin non-stop service from New Orleans to Frankfurt next May.
To date, Copa Airlines and Air Canada are the sole international carriers serving New Orleans, with a service to Panama City and Toronto, respectively.
British Airways has been on an expansion tear over the last few years into U.S. secondary markets such as San Jose and Austin, with Nashville rumored to be next on the carrier’s expansion plans.