OpenSkies, the British Airways subsidiary focused on connecting mostly premium passengers between non-London markets and the USA has announced that their first market will be Paris – New York. They’ve applied for the appropriate route authorities, which should pretty much be a rubber stamp at this point, hasn’t decided which Paris airport to use and will use JFK in New York.
Like many things in life, however, this is subject to change, particularly since the BA pilots are threatening to strike over the plans to staff the subsidiary with lower paid crews than regular BA flights. While they may just be idle threats for now, the union has voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing the strike, though no date has been set. BA challenges the union’s stance, suggesting that a few hundred new pilot positions will be opening up in the London bases of the carrier, though that seems to be insufficient to assuage the pilots anger at this point. Good times.
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