Today’s Sculpture Installation Celebrates British Airways’ New Orleans To London Nonstop Flight
NEW ORLEANS – Today VisitBritain and British Airways will unveil six temporary sculptures of British icons across six quintessential New Orleans locations including a sculpture of the Tower Bridge across the street from Jackson Square, a bagpiper on the Moonwalk near the Steamboat Natchez, Big Ben in Lafayette Square, the Queen in City Park New Orleans’ Carousel Gardens, a Royal Guardsman outside the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Union Jack at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
The larger-than-life sculptures render each of these iconic British people, places, and things in cut-out silhouette, allowing viewers to see New Orleans landmarks in the background. The installation, on view through April 3, celebrates the launch of the new non-stop service between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and London Heathrow on March 27.
To further commemorate the launch of the only non-stop flight between New Orleans and Europe, British Airways and VisitBritain are giving away a trip to London including two round-trip tickets from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and a four night stay whilst there. To enter, the public is invited to take a photo of themselves with one of the six iconic British sculptures throughout the city and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BALovesNOLA before April 3.
“Like New Orleans, our culture and creativity are two of Britain’s most celebrated exports,” says Paul Gauger, interim executive vice president, Americas, for VisitBritain. “This summer is an amazing time to visit with a host of new events and attractions. We hope this installation will inspire the residents of New Orleans to come see Britain for themselves now that it is easier than ever with non-stop flights on British Airways.”
British Airways service will officially start on March 27, and will fly four times a week between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and London Heathrow. All customers can enjoy free meals and bar service, on-demand inflight entertainment, as well as a free checked bag. Currently British Airways is offering fares for as low as $899 roundtrip in economy, including all fees and taxes. Tickets need to be booked by April 16, and seats are available for select dates between Oct. 2 and Dec. 13.
Simon Brooks, senior vice president, British Airways, said “We are delighted to bring a little piece of London to New Orleans as we celebrate the start of a new connection between our two cities. We look forward to welcoming the winners on board a British Airways flight very soon.”
“I applaud the great partnership between British Airways and VisitBritain to establish this connection between London and New Orleans,” says British Consul General Karen Bell. “The UK is a great place to visit, work, and study. Therefore, I am glad that the people of Louisiana and the UK will have another option when travelling between the two countries through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.”