Still called L'Avion by a majority of travellers, OpenSkies is a subsidiary airline of British Airways. It has the particularity of operating two “business class only” aircrafts (Boeing 757) on one unique route: New York -Paris. OpenSkies is not a member of any airline alliance and has no affiliation with the Oneworld alliance of which parent British Airways is a founding member. However, British Airways Executive Club members are able to claim tier points and BA miles on OpenSkies flights. All of OpenSkies' aircraft are fitted with blended winglets to increase range, improve fuel efficiency and decrease CO2 emissions. The cabin on all the aircraft is divided into two sections which together provide seating for 64 or 84 passengers depending on configuration (a standard B757 seats 180 till 200 passengers...). We have inspected both sections: the Biz Seat, between Paris-Orly and New York – JFK, and we are hereby publishing our impression about the Biz Bed, between New York – Newark and Paris-Orly.
EC (IATA code for OpenSkies) departs from JFK and Newark three times per day. JFK is more crowded; but this is a fine airport for tax-free shopping... and tax-free refund, which is not provided at Newark. So those who purchase electronics or fine clothes should rather use JFK. Newark is a smaller airport, which allows very quick travel procedure. A 35 minutes limousine/taxi ride from Manhattan Midtown, it is actually easy to reach. It took us five minutes to find out the EC desk, and five more minutes to check our electronic tickets and luggage. We had called beforehand the very convenient "Concierge" hot line, just to reconfirm our flight, and everything was already in order. This is what we would indeed call express check in! The security procedure took less than in Orly, and was all done before accessing the lounge; allowing plenty of time to relax before boarding.
Terminal B Lounge
is shared between the Indian Jet Airways, occupying a separated corner
section, and EC. Well designed for passengers' comfort, it provides a
experience. It displays a good selection of beverages.
is Piper-Heidsieck. Light dining is provided. Good selection of
and magazines. Internet is complimentary. Comfortable seating; even
the lounge fills itself with travellers.. This is a three to four star
business lounge, which we found actually pleasant.
We received a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut from the welcoming stewardess, just a few minutes upon boarding. She took care of our coat, jacket and hand luggage. We took off at 7:05pm, as scheduled. The B757 is actually a smooth, reliable aircraft, tailored made to cross the Atlantic Ocean. We suffered few, if no turbulences. The silent engines allow a relaxing cabin atmosphere.
There is not, from what we experienced, difference of treatment between the Biz Seat and Biz Bed sections; though the Champagne was different (Lanson in Biz Seat; Laurent Perrier in Biz Bed). The attendant inquired whether we wished to have dinner or not, and if we wouln't mind a wake up for breakfast; many passengers preferred to sleep the all flight.
was no printed
menu. Just some suggestion by the stewardess. We got a light, nicely
Prune Stuffed Chicken Galantine. We liked very much the Grilled Salmon,
Steamed Rice with a Saffron Sauce, Green Beans and Asparagus: it didn't
look like at all airlines food. We had it with a well chilled glass of
Sancerre “Joseph Mellot, La Gravillière, 2008”. We recommend this
white wine from the Centre of France, which we already enjoyed on EC
Paris and New York. The Raspberry Fondant was as light like as a cloud.
The coffee was nothing more than a basic American blend; but it was
fine with a Manon chocolate. A last glass of Cointreau helped us to be
fast asleep, after converting our entirely electronically controlled
into a 180° completely flat bed. We actually believed we were in our
We landed in Paris right on time: 08:50am. Traffic gets fine between Orly and Paris downtown after 9am, and the public means of transportation are quick and reliable. Fresh like a baby, we could start of full day of activities in the capital city of France! Such is the miracle of a night flight in such good conditions.
Openskies is a four star airline.
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