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.
OpenSkies has signed a deal with French national railway SNCF to expand the existing TGV Air partnership. Under the terms of the arrangement travellers from New York and Washington DC on OpenSkies will be offered connections to 14 major French cities via Paris Orly Airport.
Officials in the United States are celebrating the signing of 100 Open Skies agreements with nations around the world. The milestone was reached with the implementation of an agreement with Israel, which came into force earlier this week.
Japan’s transport ministry has granted antitrust immunity for Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways to cooperate with partners on U.S. flights, paving the way for deals that may cut costs and boost sales. Meanwhile, Tokyo’s Haneda airport has opened a new runway and passenger terminal, as the capital sets its sights on becoming an Asian aviation hub.
European Union transport ministers have signed a second Open Skies deal with the United States at a meeting in Luxemburg. The move is designed to reduce barriers to the foreign ownership of airlines, and could be worth over €12 billion to the European economy.
The European Union and United States last night agreed in principal on a second Open Skies deal, ostensibly allowing airlines to take larger stakes in their transatlantic competitors. However, while the EU has been quick to support the proposal, America has been more reticent in endorsing the project.
BA’s all-business European subsidiary OpenSkies will launch a new route from its Paris base to Washington DC in May. The new route – which launches on May 3 – is the airline’s second after Paris Orly to New York – Newark.
British Airways has been forced to ditch its OpenSkies New York to Amsterdam service due to recession causing the bottom to drop out of the premium market.