Music City hits the high notes: British Airways launches route to Nashville

Chris Young

A new route to Music City will be music to traveller’s ears with British Airways’ new service to Nashville.

From May 2018, British Airways will launch a five-a-week service from Heathrow, Terminal 5 and will be the only airline flying directly between Europe and the capital of Tennessee.

The new route takes the number of US destinations the airline flies to from London in summer 2018 up to 26, and the number of daily flights offered by British Airways and American Airlines as part of their transatlantic joint business up to 67 per day.

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £749, £1196 in World Traveller Plus and £1849 in Club World available to book now on

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said:

We are incredibly excited to be adding Nashville to our extensive global network, making us the only carrier flying non-stop between Europe and Tennessee. With more than 160 live music venues hosting music from country and blues to jazz and rock, a rich history and heritage and a thriving food and drink scene Nashville is a truly vibrant place for all tastes and styles.


It is a dynamic city with one of the fastest growing economies in the US, so we are confident this route will be a big hit with British tourists as well as business travellers in the UK and US.

Formed in Nashville, American rock band, Kings of Leon, share why they are excited about the new service between London and their hometown.

The flights will run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the BA223 departing from London Heathrow at 3:45 pm and arriving into Nashville Airport at 6:50 pm, while the BA222 will leave Nashville at 8:20 pm, arriving into London at 10:30 am the next day.

Conveniently positioned between three interstate highways, Nashville makes a perfect starting point for Southern road trips, with Memphis and New Orleans all within easy reach for fly-drive enthusiasts. Travelling along America’s Music Highway has never been easier with British Airways Holidays’ ‘Customise Your Trip’ booking tool.

In addition, the airline is also increasing services to Philadelphia and Phoenix from a daily service to ten flights a week from Heathrow, and will also be introducing the A380 on one of the two daily flights to Chicago.

British Airways has launched more than 30 new routes across the globe this year including direct flights to New Orleans, Oakland (California) and Fort Lauderdale (Florida).

The airline has also launched its multi-million-pound investment plan to benefit its customers with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all.

Four hundred million pounds will be spent on Club World with an emphasis on improved catering and sleep, and a new seat in the future. At Heathrow, a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped and improved. All customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years.

August 08, 2017
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Passengers wanting to fly from London to Nashville currently have to connect via Chicago, Atlanta or Detroit.
More changes on U.S. flights by British Airways:

Phoenix flight changes:
• Increasing from a daily flight to 10 flights per week
• New flights will operate on Tuesday, Friday (from March 27, 2018) and Sunday (from May 6, 2018)
• Flight times from London departing 12:15, arriving 15:00
• Flight times from Phoenix departing 17:10, arriving 11:10 the following day

Philadelphia flight changes:
• Increasing from a daily flight to 10 flights per week
• New flights will operate on Monday, Friday and Sunday
• Flight times from London departing 1700, arriving 1955
• Flight times from Philadelphia departing 22:00, arriving 10:15 the following day
• New services start from April 9, 2018

Chicago aircraft change:
The morning flight to Chicago will be operated by an A380 from May 8, 2018
• The aircraft currently operating the service is a Boeing 747
• There are six daily flights to Chicago available for customers to book (two operated by British Airways, four by American Airlines) as part of the joint business


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