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British Airways Brings Non-Stop Service between New Orleans and London - 3/27/2017 -

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March 27, 2017


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British Airways Brings Non-Stop Service between New Orleans and London

BA 787

NEW ORLEANS – Today, British Airways officially began non-stop, year round flights between New Orleans and London. This flight is another example of the growth at the Louis Armstrong International Airport and is a game-changing development for our economy and culture. The new international 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. Footage of the aircraft landing at MSY and a view of the cabins is available here.

Starting on October 30, 2017, the service will increase from four to five times a week, operating on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Flights can be booked on ba.com. Right now, British Airways is offering roundtrip fares as low as $899, including all taxes, fees, and charges. Tickets need to be booked by April 16, 2017. Seats at the promotional price are available for select travel dates between June 7 and September 18, 2017, as well as between October 2 and December 13, 2017.

British Airways will be operating a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, one of the newest aircrafts in 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 complimentary meals, beverages and a free checked bag.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport now provides service via 17 airlines to 58 non-stop destinations, including seven international destinations.

Nicolas Krohne, Vice President of Sales for British Airways said, "We are honored 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 favorable exchange rate and special fares available, Britain has never been more affordable.”

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said "I’m thrilled to see non-stop service to London coming to New Orleans for the first time,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "This new flight is a testament that our city is fully connected with the global community to help leverage both business and leisure opportunities.”

Mark Reis, Interim Director of Aviation, said "The launch of this flight represents a major accomplishment for the airport and the local community and business leaders who helped secure this service. We are pleased to welcome service to London, our newest international non-stop destination, with British Airways.”

Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Billy Nungesser said "This first landing of a British Airways direct flight from London to New Orleans is a clear signal to travelers worldwide that New Orleans and Louisiana continue to be great travel destinations. While the number of British travelers to Louisiana has seen a steady increase, it is expected to increase even more with the addition of this direct, year-round service. Our goal is to utilize this and other partnerships to see the number of international visitors to our state continue to rise as we market Louisiana as an exciting destination for international visitors to experience and explore.”

Cheryl Teamer, New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman said "We are very excited for the start of British Airways’ new service from New Orleans to London. This is a long awaited flight that will allow our community to travel to Europe and beyond much more easily. It is a major win for the airport and our passengers.”

New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee, said, "This flight will make access to New Orleans easier than ever before for international visitors. We expect this new flight to bring over 36,000 additional passengers to our region each year.”

Gregory Rusovich, Chairman, Louisiana Board of International Commerce said "This is a knock-it-out-of-the-park win for our state and region - it¹s a perfect demonstration of the success and effectiveness of our global concentration and focus. London and beyond, Here we come!"

Michael Hecht, President & CEO of GNO, Inc., said "The first direct flight between New Orleans and Europe since 1982 is a gamechanger for Greater New Orleans. It is impossible to overstate the benefit the British Airways nonstop to London will bring to our business, convention and tourism sectors – not to mention the new horizon it opens for our citizens. GNO, Inc. is proud to have been an integral part of the public/private team that ‘landed’ this flight!”

Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau said "With the start of the new British Airways direct flight, we look forward to further introducing New Orleans as a world-class destination to the UK and the 130 connecting destinations beyond. A flight linking London to New Orleans will allow even more international visitors to experience our vibrant neighborhoods, evolving food and art scene, admired traditions and so much more. New Orleans and Louisiana are ready to continue sharing our authentic spirit and culture with travelers from around the world.”

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