OpenSkies Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

With two direct routes already established and another opening in late 2010, the company reasserts its ambition to become a key player in the Business Class sector

Jun 21, 2010, 11:08 ET from OpenSkies

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenSkies, the unique all business airline operating transatlantic flights, is pleased to celebrate its second anniversary. Launched on June 19, 2008 following the Open Skies agreement signed on March 30, 2008, OpenSkies, a subsidiary of British Airways, now operates two flights daily between Paris (Orly) and New York (Newark), in addition to five weekly flights between Paris (Orly) and Washington (Dulles).

Between June 2008 and May 2010, OpenSkies has flown more than 155,000 passengers between Paris and New York, resulting in a 29 percent market share. Further, summer operation of the direct line between Paris and Washington, recently launched on May 3, 2010, is in line with the initial estimations predicted by the company.

OpenSkies, which is today the unique all business operator in the market worldwide, has struck the right mix of product, service and price, making the airline a viable and popular alternative for passengers looking for innovation, comfort and exclusivity. The results of a recent study* conducted by the company speak for themselves: 97 percent of OpenSkies' passengers would recommend OpenSkies to their friends.

"I am proud to be celebrating the second anniversary of OpenSkies, and I want to thank all of our customers and employees for helping us grow into the successful business we are today," said Dale Moss, CEO of OpenSkies.  "Over the past two years, OpenSkies has become a major player and in the business class industry for transatlantic flights. We look forward to celebrating many more years of success."

OpenSkies continues to innovate, and is currently offering its customers exclusive menus created by renowned French chef, Michel Richard, the owner of prominent Washington, DC restaurants Citronelle and Central Michel Richard. These menus offer an array of inspired dishes from the latest fashions of French and American cuisine. This partnership exemplifies OpenSkies' core values and dedication to providing its customers with "Smart, Colorful, Connected" experiences.

The positive results achieved to date have enabled the company to plan for future expansion.  OpenSkies is currently considering 20 key business destinations to launch its third route, which is anticipated to take place later this summer.

*Study conducted with 3000 company passengers.

About OpenSkies

OpenSkies is a unique all business airline that offers guests superior service, competitive fares and exceptional value. OpenSkies currently flies from New York-Newark to Paris-Orly and as of May 3, now includes service between Washington D.C.-Dulles to Paris-Orly. The airline offers guests innovative features onboard, including lie-flat beds, personal entertainment units with 50+ hours of programming and an upscale, healthy meal service. A subsidiary of British Airways, OpenSkies is the first airline created as a result of the E.U. /U.S. Open Skies Agreement, which allows airlines to fly between any U.S. and E. U. destination. Since OpenSkies first flight, it has flown over 130,000 passengers. For more information: www.flyopenskies.com or 1-866-581-3596.

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