British Airways is set to launch a new non-stop flight service between London Heathrow Airport, in the UK, and Nashville International Airport in the US.

Slated to begin service in May 2018, the British Airways aircraft will be the only non-stop flight connecting London and Tennessee.

British Airways North America senior vice-president Simon Brooks said: “Nashville has all the qualities that we look for in a new destination, a fast growing economy, thriving cultural scene and strong connections to Europe.

“We know British tourists will be excited to discover Music City and are looking forward to welcoming new customers from Tennessee on board very soon.”

The new service will be launched using the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

With the beginning of the new route, passengers will be able to travel quickly and easily onto one of more than 130 destinations served by the UK-based airline.

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"Nashville has all the qualities that we look for in a new destination."

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said: “This is a big day not just for Nashville but for all of Tennessee because London is a gateway to and from all of Europe.

 “As a state, we’ve led the nation in job creation from foreign direct investment in 2013 and 2015, and we want to thank British Airways for today’s announcement that will undoubtedly help us strengthen current and build new relationships in Europe, bringing more high-quality jobs to Tennessee.”

Capable of accommodating 214 customers across three cabins, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner has been designed to improve services for passengers.

The new fuel-efficient aircraft operates with a lower pressurisation that helps minimise the effects of jet lag.

Image: British Airways Boeing 787. Photo: courtesy of Heathrow Airports.