MIAMI — OpenSkies announced that it will add a widebody airliner to its Paris – New York routes in August, a major milestone for the French carrier as it has always operated 757-200s since its creation in 2008.
The aircraft, a former British Airways Boeing 767-300ER, will offer the same three cabin products offered in the 757s operated by the company: 24 Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy seats and 141 Economy Class seats. This is a 40% capacity increase compared to the cabin configuration of its 757s: 24 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy seats and 66 Economy Class seats.
“We are very pleased to announce the incorporation of a fourth aircraft to our fleet with a higher capacity. The new aircraft marks a new stage in the OpenSkies development strategy, and demonstrates the importance of the British Airways subsidiary within the Group,” said Patrick Malval, Managing Director of OpenSkies.
The arrival of this fourth aircraft is part of the strategy intended to leverage the competition from Air France, which recently announced to resume its Orly – New York JFK service with a 309-seat Boeing 777-200ER, set to start next June.
OpenSkies offers up to 3 daily departures from Orly to New York’s JFK and Newark. Currently, flights from Charles de Gaulle to JFK are operated by Air France, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and XL Airways, and Norwegian Air Shuttle starting next July 29. In addition, OpenSkies also faces competition from all-business class airline La Compagnie, which offers flights from Newark to Paris Charles de Gaulle.