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New Orleans hails British Airways' nonstop London Heathrow flights

New Orleans hails British Airways' nonstop London Heathrow flights

The Port of New Orleans welcomed British Airways' plans to begin nonstop service from London Heathrow in March. A port spokesman hailed this as 'great news' that's beneficial for international cruise passengers.

The flights will operate four times per week, serving Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

'More travelers come to the US from the UK than any other nation outside the Americas, and New Orleans experienced the biggest growth rate in overseas visitors of any US city last year,' Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

Passengers will fly aboard a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, one of the newest aircraft in the British Airways fleet. Flights will depart London Heathrow at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 7:40 p.m. Departures from New Orleans will be at 9:10 p.m., arriving to London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at noon the next day.

The aircraft accommodates 214 customers 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).

This marks the first direct flights between New Orleans and London since the early 1980s, when British Airways operated sevice from London Gatwick.

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