British Airways subsidiary Openskies is to join the Oneworld alliance as an affiliate member from December 1.

The airline currently flies twice-daily from Paris Orly to Newark with a further daily service from Orly to New York JFK due to begin in March 2013.

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.”

BA set up Openskies in 2008 and it currently operates three Boeing 757s in a three-class configuration featuring business, premium economy and economy. All passengers receive a personal iPad loaded with 70 hours of entertainment.

Becoming an affiliate member of Oneworld means that Openskies flights will be featured in all of the alliance’s fares, while passengers who are members of a Oneworld airline’s frequent flier programme will be able to earn and redeem points when using Openskies.

Passengers holding Emerald and Sapphire status in any Oneworld airline’s loyalty programme will also be able to use these facilities when flying Openskies from next month.

 

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