- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - British Airways will launch nonstop flights between London and New Orleans next spring

Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans officials announced the service Thursday.

The airline will provide year-round service to London’s Heathrow Airport starting March 27.

The 10-hour flight will leave London at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 7:40 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Departing flights will leave Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 9:10 p.m. and arrive in London at noon the next day.

Passengers will travel on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which holds 214 passengers: 154 in economy class, 25 in premium economy and 35 in business.

New Orleans hasn’t had a nonstop flight to Europe since 1982.

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