Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune Published Mar 27, 2017 at 9:33 pm | Updated Jul 7, 2021 at 12:16 pm Published Mar 27, 2017 at 9:33 pm | Updated Jul 7, 2021 at 12:16 pm

British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


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British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


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British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


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British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


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British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


Head up displays show flight data inside the cockpit of the British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways pilot David Sproat shows guests around the cockpit of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways pilot David Sproat shows guests around the cockpit of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways showed guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune). (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways showed guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways showed guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


British Airways flight attendants show guests around the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Louis Armstrong International Airport Monday Feb. 27, 2017. The twin jet airliner will start flying direct flights from New Orleans to London March 27. (Photo by Jennifer Larino, brianowens.tv | The Times-Picayune)


Grab your passport, New Orleans. The new British Airways nonstop flight from New Orleans to London officially launches Monday evening (March 27), marking the first trans-Atlantic nonstop flight the city has added in years.

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Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will join British Airways and city and airport officials at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Louis Armstrong International Airport to welcome the inaugural flight. The 10-hour nonstop flights to London"s Heathrow Airport will depart four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

As of Monday, round-trip ticket prices for weeklong trips departing from New Orleans ranged from $934 to $1,084 over the next two months, depending on dates.

British Airways debuted the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that will fly the route at Armstrong Airport on Feb. 27. Among other features, economy seats on the new 214-passenger plane come with individual touch screens and phone charging stations, windows with adjustable tint. Flights include a three-course dinner, a hot breakfast and beverages. Business class seats fully recline and come with a pillow and blanket.


The plane also has new features to better control air pressure and filter out harmful bacteria, viruses and odors from the cabin.

The London flight was the culmination of several years of talks between British Airways and local business and tourism leaders. The city missed adding the flight in 2015, when British Airways chose instead to bring a nonstop to San Jose, Calif. A year later, efforts to sell New Orleans as a growing regional hub for incoming international travelers and outgoing American travelers finally gained the traction needed to lure the route.

The British Airways flights will depart London on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 3:40 p.m. local time and arrive at 7:40 p.m. New Orleans time. Returning flights will leave New Orleans at 9:10 p.m. and arrive in London the next day at noon.

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British Airways previously used New Orleans as a refueling stop on a route connecting London to Mexico City. That route ended in 1982.