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OpenSkies to Refocus Business Efforts on Paris–New York Route


- Announced Suspension of Amsterdam–New York Route -

New York, July 24, 2009 – OpenSkies has decided to suspend its service between

Amsterdam and New York beginning August 16, 2009 and to refocus its efforts on

the Paris – New York route.

Dale Moss OpenSkies CEO says: “The economic environment has produced a

significant drop in market demand. While OpenSkies developed more than 16

percent market share during only nine months, it was not enough to sustain a

profitable service at this time. Moreover with remaining route uncertainty over the

near term, suspending service clearly was our most prudent decision to preserve our


OpenSkies will direct its focus on the signature Paris–New York franchise, providing

an opportunity to continue to build upon the strength and success this route has

established since its initial launch. Despite market conditions, the airline has doubled

its market share in the Paris–New York business class route to 25 percent in the last

year alone. The route has not only developed a loyal following, but has also

increased its passenger numbers by nine percent over the past six months. In just

over two years, OpenSkies’ exceptional and highly acclaimed 100 percent business

product has become an important player in the market for the Paris–New York route.

As a small company, OpenSkies is nimble, quick and awaits positive signals from the

market that the airline can quickly take advantage of to begin to expand its network


Customers of OpenSkies who currently hold tickets for the Amsterdam–New York

route will receive the choice of either the opportunity to travel on British Airways via

London or a refund. The Concierge team will contact clients who have booked via the

website or call center to discuss their options. Travel Agents will be informed by

OpenSkies with instructions on how to re-accommodate customers. For more

information, please visit our website at or contact OpenSkies

at 1-866-581-3596.

About OpenSkies

OpenSkies is a unique all business airline that offers guests superior service,

competitive fares and exceptional value. OpenSkies flies from Paris-Orly to New

York-JFK and Newark. The airline offers guests innovative features onboard,

including lie-flat beds, personal entertainment units with 50+ hours of programming

and fresh, and a healthy meal service. A subsidiary of British Airways, OpenSkies is

the first airline created as a result of the E.U. /U.S. Open Skies Agreement, which allows airlines to fly between any U.S. and E. U. destination. For more information: or 1-866-581-3596.

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