By New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Release
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Non-Stop International Flights

We are so very excited to share that, this week, British Airways began non-stop service from New Orleans - our first international direct flight to Europe since 1982. Meeting attendees will soon find it easier to visit the Big Easy, thanks to the launch of British Airways flights between New Orleans and London. The five times per week service began on Monday, March 27, 2017 and even better news, the route will feature all new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. BA225 will depart from London Heathrow at 3:40 p.m. and arrive Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 7:40 p.m. BA224 will leave New Orleans at 9:10 p.m., arriving into London at Noon the next day. The new service will provide a direct connection to London and also allow travelers to connect quickly and easily onto more than 130 destinations within the British Airways network, throughout Europe and beyond.

Our new airport terminal is underway, and at present, the opening date is estimated to be early 2019. We thank our airline and airport partners for the investment they are making in our city to make it easier to get here from all corners of the world!


LONDON - Jan. 15, 2017 -  SubOptic is pleased to announce that the Executive Committee has chosen New Orleans as the venue for its next event, SubOptic 2019, with Ciena, a global network strategy and technology company, as the Host.

North America was a natural choice following SubOptic’s tradition of venue rotation across the globe; previously Dubai in 2016, Paris in 2013, Yokohama in 2010 and Baltimore in 2007.

“I am delighted that for SubOptic 2019 the Executive Committee has selected New Orleans, a world-class destination for our world-renowned industry event”, said Yves Ruggeri, SubOptic President.  “New Orleans will be rolling out the southern hospitality to welcome SubOptic 2019 participants and partners to this vibrant, diverse and historic seaport.”

SubOptic is also pleased to announce that Submarine Telecoms Forum, Inc. (SubTel Forum), one of the premier news sources for the submarine fibre industry, will manage the organisation and staging of SubOptic 2019, with SubOptic retaining programme build responsibility and editorial control. The partnership with SubTel Forum reflects a new approach that will produce the best conference experience yet for future participants. It will allow SubOptic to concentrate on building a programme that provides maximum value to attendees, supported by a host who provides deep market insights and expertise, as well as a professional event manager with experience in this field handling logistics for the event.

Concurrently, SubOptic is widening the scope of its activities and services in 2017 by becoming a membership-based trade association for the undersea cable sector to better serve the interests of the industry it represents.

"Ciena is honoured to serve as host of SubOptic 2019, the leading global industry forum for the undersea communications sector. In joining forces with SubOptic and SubTel Forum, we are committed to delivering an event that brings together experts and professionals across the submarine networking community toward making greater advancements in this critical technology arena," said Anthony McLachlan Vice President and General Manager, Submarine, Ciena.

“SubTel Forum is honoured to manage SubOptic, an event I’ve personally attended each year since it was held in 1993 in Versailles,” said Submarine Telecoms Forum Publisher and President Wayne Nielsen.  “We are looking forward to continuing its thirty-year tradition in the spirit and high standards the association and its members deserve.”

Further details of SubOptic 2019, and of the new Association, were presented during PTC ‘17, held in Hawaii, on the 15-18th January 2017.

About SubOptic

SubOptic ( is a non-profit international organisation active in the undersea communications industry. It is best known for the conference it organises, the longest running and most comprehensive in the world covering this industry, and widely considered as the global summit of the submarine cable community. Hosted by Ciena, SubOptic 2019 will be the tenth in the series and will be held in New Orleans on April 8-11, 2019.

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a network strategy and technology company. Ciena translates best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model – with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes. For updates on Ciena, follow Twitter @Ciena,LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit

About Submarine Telecoms Forum, Inc.

Submarine Telecom Forum, Inc. ( is a media company located in the United States that serves thousands of readers in over 100 countries. The Company publishes an independent commercial bi-monthly e-magazine and complimentary digital and print publications that discuss and analyse the submarine telecommunications cable industry.  Its operating divisions provide data-driven business intelligence services, organise and manage conferences, and offer print and digital resources.

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John Horne

Secretary to the SubOptic Executive Committee

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The final day of SubOptic 2016 saw the remainder of the technical presentations from industry leaders. A special presentation highlighting the history of the conference preceding the closing ceremony, capping off a successful week for the industry.

An overview of Day 3 can be viewed here:

Thank you to all of our readers and subscribers for tuning in last week to the STF Today daily coverage of SubOptic 2016.

Over the course of the conference, we recorded over 30 hours of content including sessions and interviews with the industry's leading minds.

For more specific information on the topics discussed during the daily coverage, we present STF Today's SubOptic 2016 Interview Series where you can hear the presenters discuss their topics in their own words.

STF Today @ SubOptic 2016 Interview Series

For even more detail on the individual presentations shown at SubOptic 2016, you can view the conference program here:

SubOptic 2016 Conference Programme

Day 2 of SupOptic saw more technical and business presentations addressing the various challenges unique to the submarine fiber industry.

An overview of Day 2 can be viewed here: