have announced they will launch a subsidiary airline named OpenSkies, which will operate daily flights between New York and
either Brussels or Paris.
The airlines name OpenSkies
comes from the historic agreement signed between the EU and US allowing the free
movement of flights between European and US cities.
chief executive Willie Walsh said: “This
is an exciting new venture for us and we’re confident that it will be a great
success as we build on the strength of British Airways’ brand in the US and
“By naming the airline OpenSkies, we’re
celebrating the first major step in 60 years towards a liberalised US/EU
aviation market which means we can fly between any US and EU destination. It
also signals our determination to lobby for further liberalisation in this
market when talks between the EU and US take place later this year.”
British Airways will operate a single Boeing 757 from June
2008 flying from New York to either Brussels or Paris then further expanding
with a second aircraft later in the year that will fly to the other European destination.
By the end of 2009 OpenSkies will operate 6 Boeing 757 aircraft
The Boeing 757 aircraft that will be used by OpenSkies will
carry up to 82 passengers with three cabins: Business, Premium Economy and
Economy, there will be 24 seats in Business Class that convert into 6 ft flat
beds, 28 premium economy seats with a 52 inch seat pitch and 30 economy seats.
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