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Published on : Wednesday, December 6, 2017
After 10 years the British Airways boutique airline OpenSkies will shut down from September 2018.
It currently flies between New York and Paris and all its staff has already been transferred to long-haul budget airline Level that is owned by BA’s parent company IAG.
IAG further intends to give the gates and other assets used by OpenSkies to Level which will undergo expansion with the low-cost offshoot’s offering with Paris Orly airport as its second base.
It already manages flights from Barcelona. IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh said that they were delighted to launch flights from the second European city with four new routes. Level will benefit from the experiences of the OpenSkies team.
OpenSkies was launched in 2008 as a boutique concept and had a dedicated lounge in Paris Orly and further started expansion in Washington DC and Amsterdam routes along with buying similar French boutique airline.
The intention was to provide an upmarket, private jet experience and the prices were competitive too. However, the operation being small the financial crash took a toll. OpenSkies currently has three Boeing 757s plus one spare 767.
The airline pared back to only flying between JFK and Newark airports in New York to Paris Orly.
Level’s expansion is the next big priority and the parent company decided that the budget beats boutique. Further bases are likely to follow as the airline’s fleet will reach 30 by 2022.