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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)

OpenSkies, Courtesy Of British Airways, Is Hiring


OpenSkies Is Here!

A new airline is getting ready to take flight: OpenSkies

, a division of UK flag carrier, British Airways is now in business.

The airline is a direct result of the Open Skies agreement reached this past March between the European Union (EU) and the United States, allowing European airlines to fly from a destination outside of their home country to the US. Previously, flights had to originate in the country where the airline was domiciled as “cabotage” rules forbid this practice. Given that the 27 EU countries are operating somewhat like the 50 states of the US, this move makes sense.

Open Skies (the agreement) isn’t perfect as it allows US air carriers to fly to points within Europe while denying similar access to European air carriers stateside, at least for now. That may change in the future, but the US is trying to protect its ravaged airline industry from outside forces who could wreck the economy.

For flight attendant prospects, OpenSkies (the airline, that is) could present a wonderful opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that has a promising future.  Thanks to the backing of British Airways, OpenSkies has a chance of making it where others have failed (i.e., MAXjet Airways, Silverjet, and EOS Airlines).

Is OpenSkies hiring? Absolutely! In fact, we can share the following information about who they are looking for in a candidate, but we urge you to visit the airline’s career page

for more information. Here are some of the highlights of the position:

Cabin Crew

Who are we looking for?

Flight attendants who:

  • have a passion for giving excellent customer service
  • love working in a team
  • possess great communication skills
  • want to help shape a new airline
  • are friendly and approachable
  • ideally have a bilingual capability

In addition we have opportunities for suitably qualified Flight Attendants to become Team Leaders who:

  • Have a minimum of 12 months recent flying experience as a flight attendant
  • Can lead and motivate a team
  • Can create the environment for service excellence

Why join OpenSkies?

  • Have the opportunity to deliver a pri cemium product and service style
  • Being in at the start of a exciting new premium international airline
  • Great opportunities for career advancement
  • No reserve lines – everyone gets to fly immediately
  • Paid while you are training in London at the OpenSkies training school.
  • Elegant, designer uniform – Free initial issue.

Enjoy a competitive compensation and benefits package consisting of:

  • Per diem expenses
  • Generous vacation and holiday benefits
  • Worldwide Staff Travel with British Airways
  • 401(K) Retirement Plan
  • Medical Benefits
  • Dental Benefits

How do I apply?

We are recruiting Flight Attendants in the New York area in late June and July. If you are interested in joining our team, complete our on line application by clicking here


Once you have passed this initial online screening you will be invited to attend an interview. We have a number of dates scheduled for interviews in New York

and you will be able to book yourself onto an available date that suits you. Be prepared to spend the whole day with us.

Are You A New Yorker?

Of course, if you already live in the New York area, then that is an advantage for you. If you don’t, apply anyway, but be prepared for getting yourself to the Big Apple and spending the day with the airline.

Best wishes — we’ll post more information here as it becomes known.