Category Archives: OpenSkies

Dreamjet proposes trans-Atlantic Paris-New York Boeing 757 business class flights (sound familiar?)

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/ 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 to launch nonstop New York JFK-Paris Orly flights on March 31

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:

  • Biz Bed, with a completely flat bed offering the best night’s sleep
  • Prem Plus, a unique class, offering leather seats in a 2 x 2 configuration
  • Eco, an economy cabin offering comfort and personalized service

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.

OpenSkies Schedule
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 upgrades OpenSkies with a new “Eco” class

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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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for additional information on the airline.

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OpenSkies and American Airlines sign new codeshare agreement

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.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

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OpenSkies offers iPads on flights from New York to Paris, Dulles route suspended

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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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for additional information.

OpenSkies launches a new “For Smart Flyers” advertising campaign

OpenSkies (British Airways) (Paris), the transatlantic, all-business class airline, has redefined its brand position with the launch of the company’s new “For Smart Flyers” advertising campaign, giving travelers a broader picture of OpenSkies’ boutique airline feel with a focus on the extraordinary experience customers receive throughout their business-class journey from New York or Washington D.C. to Paris.

OpenSkies worked with W Atjust in Paris to develop the repositioning campaign, which shares an insider’s perspective to communicate OpenSkies’ modern, premium offering and how its unique travel experience feels as both traditional and contemporary business-class passengers discover they’ve made a smart choice. The new advertising campaign supports the brand’s repositioning that aims to widen OpenSkies’ target audience of savvy travelers to include more female professionals as well as those in the fashion, epicurean, sports, arts and film industries. In the ads, these professionals recline comfortably on exquisite, velvety-soft clouds.

The advertising campaign, featuring print and online ads as well as in-airport advertising extensions, highlights the benefits that matter most to passengers, showcasing the value the airline offers for premium, business-class travel.

The new ads will run through June 15, 2011 in the New York and Washington D.C. metro areas, Paris as well as the 13 other French cities supported by TGVair’s high-speed train connections.

Each OpenSkies aircraft has a maximum of 84 seats and features a unique 2×2 configuration in both spacious cabins – Biz Seat and Biz Bed – giving passengers a choice of a window or aisle seat on every flight. Biz Seats are wide seats that recline 140 degrees with a 52” pitch, and Biz Bed seats convert to completely flat beds (180-degree recline). All seats across both cabins are equipped with universal power outlets and feature individual entertainment systems that contain more than 50 hours of programming.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for additional information.

OpenSkies adjusts its Washington Dulles departure time

OpenSkies (Paris-Orly) announced that flights from Washington-Dulles to Paris-Orly will now operate a later departure time at 7:30 p.m. (1930) (ET). This change will take effect beginning October 31.

Previously, OpenSkies’ five weekly direct flights from Washington to Paris departed at 5:45 p.m. (1745) (ET) and arrived in Paris at 7:40 a.m. (0740) (CET). The new departure time will arrive in Paris at 8:10 a.m. (0810) (CET).

Departure times for flights traveling west-bound from Paris-Orly to Dulles will continue operating on the current schedule. All five weekly flights depart at 12:00 p.m. (1200) (CET) and arrive at Washington-Dulles at 4:00 p.m. (1600) (ET).

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on photo for additional details.