British Airways is to launch a new direct route from London Heathrow to New Orleans in Louisiana (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport) from 27 March 2017.
This will be the only direct scheduled flight from New Orleans to London.
Flights will be operated from London Heathrow Terminal 5 using a three class Boeing 787 aircraft (Club World Business Class, World Traveller Plus Premium Economy and World Traveller Economy).
Flights will intially operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. However, we would not be surprised to see the route upgraded to a daily service in the future.
New Orleans is the third transatlantic route to be launched by BA using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, after Austin and San Jose, California.
The prospects of success for the route are strong. New Orleans is a popular tourist destination (notably for its Mardi Gras) as well as a popular choice for conventions.
Further transatlantic route announcements from BA are likely to come (albeit at a steady pace). And BA is likely to continue the trend of launching routes from cities that are not served by direct flights to London and/or Europe.
Flights are on sale now at ba.com
BA has also produced a short PDF profile of the new route.
Flight BA225 Depart London Heathrow 15:40 – Arrive New Orleans 19:40
Flight BA224 Depart New Orleans 21:10 – Arrive London Heathrow 12:00