OpenSkies is to become an affiliate member of oneworld, from December 1st.
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.
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, the carrier 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.
OpenSkies managing director Patrick Malval said: “With OpenSkies being brought closer to mainstream British Airways, we are delighted now to be able to offer our customers the full range of oneworld services and benefits and to bring our flights into the network of the world’s leading quality airline alliance.”
OpenSkies was launched by oneworld founder member British Airways in 2008 and has carried half a million customers since then.
It operates a fleet of three Boeing 757-200s.
oneworld is considered the World’s Leading Airline Alliance by the World Travel Awards.