From March 26, 2017 British Airways will launch a four times weekly service from Heathrow to New Orleans - the only airline flying direct between Europe and the Louisiana city.

The route will be operated by a three-class Boeing 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £599, £899 in World Traveller Plus and £1,749 in Club World.

Sean Doyle, the carrier's director of networks and alliances, said "We are really excited to be adding New Orleans to our extensive global network. It's a city that boasts an iconic music and arts scene and plays host to more than 130 festivals a year, including the world famous Mardi Gras.

"Holidaymakers can enjoy the jazz and blues music trails, visit the historic sugarcane plantations, cruise down the Mississippi River or relax on the unspoilt Gulf Shores and Orange Beaches which are just a short drive away. More than 80,000 visitors head to Louisiana and New Orleans every year and we are confident this route will be a big hit with British tourists as well as business travellers."

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