British Airways is ending the Paris (Orly) – Newark route operated by OpenSkies on September 2, 2018 according to Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 757-230 WL F-HAVN (msn 25140) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402390.
International Airlines Group will launch flights to Montreal, Newark, Guadeloupe and Martinique from Paris Orly from July 2018 via Level its low cost longhaul airline brand.
Fares start from €99 one way.
Level will base two Airbus A330-200 aircraft at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats.
Checked luggage (plus a free cabin bag), meals, seat selection and the latest movie releases will be complimentary for customers flying in premium economy. Those travelling in economy can chose what they want to buy based on a menu of choices. Next generation inflight technology will be available for all customers with a wide range of onboard entertainment options. There is also super-high speed internet connectivity with prices starting at €8.99.
Customers can also earn and redeem Avios, IAG airlines’ loyalty currency, giving them the opportunity to fly to 380 destinations across the Group’s network.
Level’s Paris flights will be operated by staff who currently work for IAG’s French airline OpenSkies which is based at the airport. The OpenSkies brand will cease to operate at the end of next summer and all its staff will operate Level flights.
Above Copyright Photo: OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 767-336 ER F-HILU (msn 24341) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937268.
Flights from Orly to New York will continue to operate under the OpenSkies brand until the end of summer 2018.
In Barcelona, Level will launch a new route to Boston on March 28, 2018. Flights will operate up to three times each week for the summer season. A third A330-200 aircraft will be added to the Barcelona fleet later in the summer providing the opportunity to expand its network further.
Level flies currently from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, San Francisco (Oakland) and Punta Cana with a summer service to Los Angeles.
Top Copyright Photo: Level (Iberia) Airbus A330-202 EC-MOU (msn 1777) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938159.
Dreamjet (Paris) has filed an application with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate all-business Boeing 757-200 flights from Paris to New York (the airports were not specified). Dreamjet still needs the final approvals to fly as an airline from the French government. The new paper airline is proposing to start trans-Atlantic operations as early as June if it can get the approvals to fly. However the application has now been grouped with the controversial application of Norwegian Air International of Ireland (Norwegian Air Shuttle).
Frantz Yvelin, founder of the previous all-business L’Avion (which was sold to British Airways), has been rumored as the co-founder of this new venture.
ALPA issued this statement on the application of Dreamjet and Norwegian Air International:
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to make clear the stark contrast between Dreamjet’s garden variety application for a DOT foreign air carrier permit and Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) request for authority to operate a business model that will put the livelihood of thousands of U.S. airline workers at risk.
“In contrast, Norwegian Air International’s application is based on an unacceptable business model that should be rejected.”
ALPA’s filing detailed the difference in a reply to NAI’s answer to Dreamjet’s application for a foreign air carrier permit.
“Dreamjet’s application could not be more different from Norwegian Air International’s effort to cheat the system by avoiding Norwegian labor law,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president.
In a reply filed jointly with the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) and the European Cockpit Association, ALPA states that NAI’s application for a foreign air carrier permit is a “far cry from that presented to the Department by Dreamjet and by the many other unopposed applications that have been presented to the Department by European carriers following implementation of the Air Transport Agreement.”
With operations centered in Norway, NAI is attempting to operate its international long-haul flights as an Irish airline expressly to avoid Norwegian employment laws. It appears that NAI is using flight crews hired through a Singapore employment company on individual contracts with compensation well below that of its Norway-based employees.
“ALPA has a long history of championing a fair marketplace in which airlines compete on merit, schedule, customer service, and the routes they fly,” continued Moak. “We are not afraid of competition. U.S. airlines and their workers are eager for the opportunity to go head to head with any airline that competes fairly by the rules governing the global marketplace.”
This week, ALPA launched Save Our Skies (SOS), a multiplatform campaign designed to mobilize the American public to voice their collective opposition to actions that are harmful to U.S. airline industry workers’ jobs, including specifically NAI’s application for a foreign air carrier permit.
More than 30,000 people have signed the #denyNAI petition urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to reject the NAI scheme and stand up for U.S. airline workers, and more than 100 members of Congress have voiced concern or outright opposition to NAI’s DOT application.
“ALPA does not oppose Dreamjet’s application, just as we have not opposed the many other European airline applications under the U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement,” said Capt. Moak. “In contrast, Norwegian Air International’s application is based on an unacceptable business model that should be rejected.”
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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. L’Avion launched business class flights on January 3, 2007 between Paris (Orly) and Newark using two Boeing 757-200s. However on July 2, 2008 the owners agreed to sell L’Avion in a £54 million deal with British Airways. BA merged L’Avion into its OpenSkies operation on April 4, 2009. L’Avion’s Boeing 757-230 F-HAVN (msn 25140) completes its final approach into Frankfurt in this striking livery.
OpenSkies (subsidiary of British Airways) (Paris-Orly) has announced a new daily route, between New York (JFK) and Paris (Orly) beginning on March 31, 2013. This new route compliments the current Newark-Paris Orly service and brings OpenSkies to three daily services between New York area and the Paris area.
The new flight departs New York JFK at 9:00 pm (2100) and arrives at Paris Orly at 10:35 am (1035) local time. Customers have a choice of three cabins, recently introduced in celebration of OpenSkies’ fourth anniversary:
All customers are offered a personal iPad loaded with more than 70 hours of entertainment, including movies, TV shows and games.
At JFK’s Terminal 7, customers traveling in Biz Bed cabin and Executive Club Gold and Silver card members will have access to the British Airways Galleries lounge. This lounge offers a luxurious, private space where passengers can relax in the Elemis(R) spa with complimentary treatments and showers and enjoy snacks and beverages or work before their flight. In addition, Biz Bed passengers can take advantage of pre-flight dining, allowing them to maximize their sleep on board.
OpenSkies is the only airline that flies to the Paris Orly West Terminal nonstop from the U.S. This terminal provides OpenSkies passengers with numerous advantages, such as close proximity to the center of Paris, as well as a more extensive choice of destinations, flights and connections within France. OpenSkies passengers are also able to benefit from a smoother journey through the airport, with the departure gates being located just past the security checks. Premium passengers also have access to Iberia’s VIP lounge, both spacious and recently refurbished.
Members of the British Airways Executive Club loyalty program will benefit from their status while flying with OpenSkies. With each flight, Executive Club members accumulate Avios points that can be converted into flight tickets or upgrades.
|New York Newark||Paris Orly||18h45||8h40 (+1
|New York Newark||Paris Orly||20h25||10h (+1 day)|
|New York JFK||Paris Orly||21h||10h35 (+1
|Paris Orly||New York Newark||10h45||13h20|
|Paris Orly||New York Newark||13h40||16h15|
|Paris Orly||New York JFK||14h55||17h25|
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 757-236 G-BPEK (msn 25808) takes off from Dulles International Airport near Washington.
British Airways (London) is adding a new “Eco” cabin class to the Boeing 757-200s of premium subsidiary OpenSkies (Paris-Orly).
The enhanced offerings include:
Individual iPads for passengers to enjoy 70 hours of onboard entertainment
Access to British Airways business class check-in desks at Newark
Priority access through security checks for Prem Plus and Biz Bed passengers
Access to the British Airways airport lounges at Orly and Newark for Biz Bed passengers.
Beginning on June 19, 2012 OpenSkies will have a new three-class configuration on its planes. An “Eco” class will join the “Biz Bed” and “Biz Seat” classes, which will become “Prem Plus”.
OpenSkies’ new “Eco” class will be equipped with 66 leather seats. “Prem Plus” (formally “Biz Seat”) will include 28 seats. “Biz Bed”, the business class cabin of OpenSkies, will continue to offer lie-flat seats in an exclusive 20 seat cabin.
The first OpenSkies Boeing 757-200 with the new three-class configuration will operate beginning on June 19. The second will be operational from June 29.
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OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 757-230 F-HAVN (msn 25140) MIA (Arnd Wolf), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
OpenSkies (subsidiary of British Airways) (Paris-Orly), the premium transatlantic airline operating flights from Newark to Paris (Orly), and American Airlines have signed a new codeshare agreement giving OpenSkies customers more options and flexibility when flying to and from Europe.
Effective immediately, the agreement allows American Airlines to place its AA code on OpenSkies operated flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Paris-Orly Airport. Therefore, passengers are now able to book American Airlines flights to or from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Miami International Airport, with connections via Newark Liberty to OpenSkies operated flights. Customers can also through-check their bags between American Airlines and OpenSkies flights.
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OpenSkies (British Airways) (Paris-Orly), the premium transatlantic airline operating flights from New York and Washington, D.C. to Paris-Orly, is now offering iPads® to travelers. Beginning in October, OpenSkies will be the first French flag carrier to offer the iPad as a part of its inflight entertainment offering. The new devices will be introduced on the OpenSkies Newark to Paris-Orly route in an effort to further enhance customers’ onboard experience.
At the beginning of each trip, travelers will be handed an iPad pre-loaded with 64GB of recent films, TV and games to use for the duration of the flight. In addition, a new customer guide provides a quick and easy introduction to the specially programmed iPad, as well as a list of entertainment choices.
OpenSkies is also announcing the suspension of service between Washington Dulles Airport and Paris-Orly beginning on October 29, 2011.
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