OpenSkies, the British Airways subsidiary that offers premium airline services between the USA and continental Europe, is to become an affiliate member of oneworld® with effect from 1 December 2012.
OpenSkies currently links Paris with the New York metro area with two daily round trips between Paris Orly and Newark. From March, frequencies will rise to three daily round trips with the addition of one daily round trip between Paris Orly and New York JFK. It is the only airline offering flights to and from the USA at Paris Orly’s West Terminal – the closest to the city centre and with the widest choice of connections within France.
All OpenSkies services are operated by Boeing 757s in a special three-class configuration, with services being brought more into line with those offered on British Airways’ own mainline flights.
Its flight attendants wear the usual British Airways uniform, and its aircraft are painted in a livery similar to the regular British Airways design, but the OpenSkies logo along their fuselages.
Its flights now all operate using the BA flight code and its frequent flyer programme is British Airways Executive Club.
As a oneworld affiliate member, from 1 December it will offer the alliance’s full range of services and benefits – including, for members of any oneworld member airlines’ frequent flyer programme, the ability to earn mileage rewards and tier status points and redeem mileage rewards on all OpenSkies flights, and, for top tier cardholders, lounge access when flying OpenSkies. Its flights will be featured in all oneworld fares and passengers holding oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status in any oneworld airline’s loyalty programme will also be able to use these facilities when flying on OpenSkies from 1 December, no matter in which cabin they are flying.