To celebrate the launch of British Airways’ newest US route, the airline is hosting a one-off VIP charter to New Orleans for Mardi Gras As part of the airline’s Plan4 customer objective to fly people where they want to fly, 50 pairs of tickets will be on offer from November 20 to December 3 via a special eBay auction. Customers can bid on unique packages and 10 per cent of the final sale price will be donated to Flying Start.

Departing February 24, 2017 the special flight will feature a gig in the sky while chefs and mixologists serve up a New Orleans inspired Creole menu and shake signature cocktails at 40,000ft.  Once in Louisiana, customers can enjoy the ultimate Mardi Gras experience with Grandstand passes to the parade and accommodation in the party city.

Adam Daniels, Chief Commercial Officer, said: “This is the first time ever we have hosted a VIP charter ahead of a new route and the first time eBay UK has auctioned off an entire plane so we are sure it will create a buzz even before our customers touch down in New Orleans.”