OpenSkies, the new transatlantic airline from British Airways has announced plans to significantly expand its PREM+SM cabin from 28 to 40 seats on its flights from Paris-Orly and Amsterdam-Schiphol to New York-John F. Kennedy. The OpenSkies PREM+SM cabin is an entirely new service category that rivals incumbent carrier business class offerings on the Paris and Amsterdam routes across the Atlantic to New York. With leather seats featuring a 140 degree recline and 52 inch seat pitch, PREM+SM provides a unique combination of comfort and personal space at a highly competitive price. With its cost-efficient fares, the PREM+SM cabin also qualifies for use by business travelers whose corporate travel policies would otherwise restrict business class travel.
“From the very beginning, OpenSkies was built with a spirit of experimentation and creativity and a passion for listening to our customers,” said Dale Moss, Managing Director of OpenSkies. “Since our launch, we have had a tremendously positive reception to our PREM+SM service. By offering business class comfort without business class costs, PREM+SM compares very favorably with what our competitors offer as business class. We’re thrilled to expand our PREM+SM offering and focused on continuing to be flexible and responsive to our customers’ needs.”
Along with ample individual space and privacy, PREM+SM also offers personal entertainment systems with more than 50 hours of programming, OpenSkies’ fresh and healthy meal service, and access to the OpenSkies Concierge Desk featuring personalized services for all customers from the purchase of their ticket throughout their journey.
After the expansion of its PREM+SM cabin, OpenSkies will carry 64 passengers aboard its reconfigured Boeing 757 aircraft in a two cabin configuration, with 40 seats in PREM+SM and 24 seats in BIZ SM , where OpenSkies offers 180 degree lie-flat beds and 73 inches of legroom. OpenSkies’ 30 ECONOMY cabin seats will be removed to enable the expansion of PREM+SM .
OpenSkies plans to introduce the newly configured aircraft on the Paris-Orly to New York-John F. Kennedy route beginning October 1st, 2008.