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OpenSkies gains US approval

OpenSkies gains US approval

British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies has been granted official approval from the US Department of Transport (DOT) to launch services next month.

The airline was cleared to start flights from New York’s JFK to Paris Orly Airport, after managing director Dale Moss revealed the firm’s plans were granted authorisation from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority last week.

With official approval now settled on both sides of the Atlantic, OpenSkies will be able to start selling tickets. Passengers can purchase online direct from OpenSkies or via travel agents from next week.

As well as granting approval for the new route, the DOT has given authorisation for a codeshare agreement with French airline L’Avion. The partnership will operate on flights from Orly to JFK.

"We are delighted to receive approval for take-off and sincerely appreciate the DOT’s efficiency and careful consideration in reviewing our application," Mr Moss said.

As the first airline to be created as a result of the Open Skies agreement, this is a huge step forward as we work to make history and set a new industry standard across the Atlantic."

OpenSkies plans to service additional routes from European cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Milan to New York in the future.

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