OpenSkies to Become a oneworld Airline Alliance Affiliate

OpenSkies — a subsidiary of British Airways which currently operates Boeing 757 aircraft service between Newark and Paris Orly — will become affiliated with the oneworld airline alliance as of 1 December 2012. Members of the frequent flier loyalty programs of airlines of the oneworld alliance should be able to earn and redeem frequent flier loyalty program miles for flights on OpenSkies aircraft — and FlyerTalk members respond that it is about time, as that was not previously possible.

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

I was one of the lucky passengers to fly on the inaugural flight of OpenSkies back on 19 June 2008 out of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Paris Orly — which, coincidentally, will resume service on 1 March 2013.

I sat in what is now known as Prem Plus class going from New York to Paris. The photograph on the left was my assigned leather seat in this cabin, which is comparable to a domestic first-class cabin in the United States — but nicer.

On the return flight from Paris to New York, I sat in what is now known as the Biz Bed cabin. The photograph below was my assigned seat in this cabin, which features a lie-flat seat and photographs on the bulkhead wall. I was given Sennheiser headphones to use with the personal entertainment console built into the seat, and I was served delicious meals in both directions.

Photograph ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

If you have not had the opportunity to do so, fly as a passenger on OpenSkies — especially as it will now be easier to do so as it will be affiliated with the oneworld airline alliance.

 

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