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BA plans Open Skies airline

British Airways has unveiled plans to launch a new subsidiary airline called Open Skies.

British Airways has unveiled plans to launch a new subsidiary airline called Open Skies, which will begin flying to the United States out of Brussels or Paris from June.

The off-shoot borrows its name from the Open Skies deal struck between the European Union and the US – the culmination of nearly three decades of moves by airline groups to open up transatlantic travel. Until now BA has only been allowed to fly to the US directly from UK soil, meaning it and countless other international operators have been banned from running service on numerous key international routes.

Commenting on the launch of Open Skies, BA chief executive Willie Walsh said: "This is an exciting new venture for us and we’re confident that it will be a great success as we build on the strength of BA’s brand in the US and Europe."

The Open Skies agreement aims to scrap domestic monopolies at major international hub – with London Heathrow, for example, no longer granting exclusive rights to BA, Virgin, United Airlines, and American Airlines.

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