OpenSkies (the Airline) Making Strides

PARIS and NEW YORK, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Open Skies agreement goes into effect on March 30th , OpenSkies, a new transatlantic airline from British Airways, continues to make progress toward launch this summer. OpenSkies is the first new airline created as a result of the Open Skies agreement, which allows airlines to fly between any U.S. and E.U. destination. OpenSkies plans to offer a truly premium and intimate travel experience from Continental Europe to New York.

OpenSkies plans to fly retrofitted Boeing 757s. Its first airplane is now in the hangar being transformed both inside and out to fit OpenSkies' specifications. Winglets have been added to the plane to increase fuel economy and aircraft range and reduce carbon emissions. OpenSkies is also refitting the cabin into a three-class, 82-seat configuration. OpenSkies "Biz" class will feature 24 seats that convert into 6-foot, fully flat beds. "Prem+" class will offer 28 premium seats with more legroom than any other premium economy offering, and "Economy" will have 30 comfortable leather seats.

"OpenSkies combines the proven expertise of one of the world's biggest airlines with the passion and commitment of a start up," said Dale Moss , Managing Director of OpenSkies. "We're out to do things differently and have total focus on creating the best customer experience on our routes. We want to deliver an unforgettable premium flying experience and an atmosphere focused on personalization and comfort. As the Open Skies agreement goes into effect, we're building a new kind of airline for a new world of transatlantic travel."

Pending regulatory approval, OpenSkies aims to provide service from a number of European cities to New York, beginning with Paris . OpenSkies will offer guests superior service, competitive fares and exceptional value. The airline's travel experience will include:

OpenSkies anticipates operating a second Boeing 757 later in 2008. The airline plans to increase its fleet to six Boeing 757 aircraft by the end of 2009.

About OpenSkies OpenSkies ( plans to offer a new class of premium transatlantic travel from Continental Europe to New York. The airline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of British Airways, plans to provide unparalleled customer care during direct flights starting in summer 2008.

SOURCE OpenSkies