OpenSkies Inaugural Report

Online Travel Review flies the inaugural JFK-Paris OpenSkies flight and shares his impressions.

The three-cabin 757 offers BA’s NextGen Club World seats for business class, a Prem+ class that’s similar to most US carriers’ business, and economy. He’s struck by the value of the Prem+ cabin (currently pricing just a couple hundred bucks more than coach) and the lack of storage space in business class.

The NextGen business seats on BA are excellent, true lie-flat, but storage space is one of my two issues, having flown it for the first time back in April. The other is that on the 747 in particular it’s difficult to get in and out of the seats which aren’t on the aisle, and flight attendants find it difficult to serve interior passengers without disturbing the passengers in the aisle. The 757 should solve this issue, however, but some storage space designed into the seat would be nice, there really isn’t any.

Undoubtedly this is the best product from the US to Paris (flies to Orly, rather than Charles deGaulle). But it’s a difficult economic environment in which to launch the product, so we’ll see how quickly they manasge to expand to other European cities as planned.

I’m bummed I missed this trip, I was stuck flying US Airways domestic instead…

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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