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OpenSkies and L'Avion Plan to Unite

OpenSkies

Tracking the Ever Changing Airline Industry

Cabin Managers has been tracking the airline industry closely for several years now, but the past six months has been a particularly active time for the airlines. Last Christmas, MAXjet Airways quit flying and, since then, more than a half dozen other air carriers have gone out of business including EOS Airlines and Silverjet who, along with MAXjet, comprised the three business class airlines serving the popular New York to London air route.

One airline that has managed to hang on is tiny L’Avion, the trading name of Elysair, a French operator based in Paris. L’Avion operates two Boeing 757-200 with 90 Business Class seats only, flying between Paris (Orly) and New York (Newark) twice daily, 5 times a week. We’ve expected that their long term survival was in jeopardy given the present market conditions and on Wednesday our suspicions were confirmed, but in a rather pleasant twist.

BA Acquires L’Avion

British Airways announced earlier this week an agreement to acquire L’Avion and integrate the airline into its new subsidiary OpenSkies. OpenSkies began providing service between Orly Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport recently and the combined operation will operate up to three daily flights between Orly and the New York area using Boeing 757 aircraft.

“L’Avion has built a fantastic business offering high-value premium service that has inspired tremendous customer loyalty on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Dale Moss, Managing Director of OpenSkies. “Together, we share common values and a deep commitment to safety, innovation and customer service. L’Avion will provide OpenSkies with immediate scale, increased access to Paris Orly and an experienced, talented employee base. This is a combination of two companies that are focused on bringing comfort and personalization to transatlantic travel.”

“We are thrilled about this agreement, which brings together two like-minded airlines with complementary business models and a focus on low costs and high value to create a premium transatlantic carrier,” said Marc Rochet, Chief Executive Officer of L’Avion. “We look forward to being a part of the high-quality customer experience that will become synonymous with OpenSkies, all backed by the vision of British Airways.”

Code Share Agreement

The deal is pending regulatory approval, but once that has been accomplished customers of the newly combined entity will be eligible to experience important benefits including an increased schedule and BA Executive Club privileges. At present, OpenSkies and L’Avion operate a codeshare agreement with L’Avion selling seats on OpenSkies flights.

Once we see how everything unfolds Cabin Managers will update the information for L’Avion listed on this site’s sidebar.

(Source: British Airways)

ExpressJet Supports Employees Who Make A Difference

ExpressJet

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ExpressJet co-workers, Rose Morgan and Lo Lyons, prepare their team’s float for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure. (PRNewsFoto/ExpressJet)

Airline news has been particularly bleak this year as a rash of air carriers call it quits and as many other airlines struggle to survive. If you’re a regular visitor to CabinManagers, then you are familiar with the frequent reports of one airline after another going out of business.

In the midst of all of this, it is always good to find the occasional ray of light which manages to penetrate the darkness. One company, ExpressJet Airlines, has been shining a bright light lately, in the area of giving back to the community. The following story tells how several ExpressJet employees banded together for different worthy causes and made a difference in the process:

After she, her mother, and her aunt, were simultaneously diagnosed with breast cancer, Lyons sprang into action for the cause of early detection for all.

“This cause was close to me, and many of my closest friends are my co-workers,” said Lyons. “We formed a walking team and raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure. My company and my co-workers have been some of my greatest supporters.”

Employee morale at work also gets a boost from employee charitable efforts after hours.

“Today’s employees are concerned about whether the values of the company for which they work are compatible with their own personal viewpoints,” said business consultant Roger E. Herman.

Mark Silver, a retired Navy pilot and motorcycle enthusiast who flies for ExpressJet Airlines, joined the first annual Texas Honor Ride to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families. The group of motorcycle clubs rode across the state to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. With one email, Silver kick-started a movement that spread through the company.

“To be able to ride together, as a team, as co-workers, and to be able to give something back to those who gave us so much, truly made us proud of ExpressJet,” Silver said.

Kudos to ExpressJet for creating an environment where workers can make a difference whether they are at work or working together on their own time. For the complete article and tips on how to organize an event like the two mentioned here, please visit ExpressJet Airlines

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ExpressJet Remains Independent

Until 2002, ExpressJet was a unit of Continental Airlines before the airline was spun off in a public offering that raised $500 million. ExpressJet had received an offer in April 2008 from SkyWest Airlines

to buy ExpressJet at $3.50 per share, but that offer was rejected. Instead, ExpressJet renegotiated its regional service agreement with Continental and will provide 205 jets to serve Continental going forward.