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OpenSkies and L'Avion Plan to Unite


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)

Emirates Adds Second California Gateway

5 North American Gateways

One of the fastest growing airlines in the world is Emirates Airline, which is Emirates Airline

headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Thanks both to its central location and wealth, Emirates continues to grow despite the overall global aviation slowdown. New aircraft continue to enter the Emirates fleet and the airline is expanding while many of its competitors are contracting.

In North America, Emirates flies out of New York’s JFK Airport, Houston, Los Angeles, and Toronto. This October the airline will be opening a fifth North American gateway at San Francisco. Emirates will be the first airline to connect Dubai and San Francisco using its newest, technologically advanced Boeing 777-200LR on that route. The aircraft offers 266 seats in a three class configuration and will provide 10 tons of freight lift in both directions.

Covering Six Continents

At present, Emirates provides service to 99 cities in 62 countries scattered across the Mideast, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America. The airline serves one South American city, Sao Paulo.

North American Hiring

The question many visitors to this site have about Emirates isn’t whether they are hiring, but how to get hired. Though we’ve provided links on our Emirates information page to help people out, we thought you’d like to know that the airline occasionally holds hiring sessions in Canada and the United States.

For example, this Saturday (June 7th) the airline has shared the following information about an open house they will be holding in Vancouver:

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel

1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Date: June 7, 2008
Time: Apply in person from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

For more details please visit: www.emiratesgroupcareers.com

or www.konexion.ca — Please bring two copies of your updated resume.

In addition, the following Saturday Emirates will be in Toronto:


Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Downtown

475 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario

Date: June 14, 2008

Time: Walk in any time from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

For more details please visit: www.emiratesgroupcareers.com

or www.konexion.ca — Please bring two copies of your updated resume.

No US Interviews…Yet

We haven’t found recruiting dates for the US for the month of June, but when we do we’ll post that information here.