OpenSkies Partners With FlyerTalk To Launch New Service

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British Airways Subsidiary's inaugural flight will be filled with members of the FlyerTalk Community.

British Airways subsidiary, OpenSkies, has let it be known that it plans to operate a bit differently than other airlines. And to prove its point, the airline is offering seats on its first flight from New York to some of the biggest VIPs in the industry - FlyerTalkers.

Web 2.0 meet Airline 2.0.

OpenSkies will officially begin operation on June 19, 2008, and its first commercial flight from New York will lift off from JFK airport en route to Paris Orly airport. Onboard will be 20 invited members of the FlyerTalk community, as well as FlyerTalk founder, Randy Petersen.

"Like every airline, we wanted to fill our inaugural flight with industry dignitaries," said Dale Moss, managing director, OpenSkies. "But unlike other airlines, we recognize that the true VIPs of the travel industry are the frequent flyers, and nowhere are these road warriors better represented than on FlyerTalk."

The FlyerTalk members will have the opportunity to experience OpenSkies' BIZ and PREM+ products, as the group will be split into two groups of 10 with half riding one-way in each class and switching seats on the return. OpenSkies offers lie-flat seats in its BIZ cabin, and the PREM+ seats compare favorably with other airline's business-class offerings between Paris and New York.

OpenSkies' stated goal is to go beyond the status quo and bring passengers something unique - something that redefines personalized service. From swift check-in to thoughtfully designed cabins to a la carte meal selections and award-winning wine selection, the airline intends to be different in everything it does. And as a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways, OpenSkies benefits from a relationship with one of the world's largest and most esteemed airlines.

"It's exciting to see an airline that really gets it, and recognizes from the get go who its most valuable passengers truly are," said Randy Petersen, founder, FlyerTalk. "And for frequent flyers, OpenSkies is unique in that it is the only premium airline on which you can earn miles in a major frequent flyer program."

FlyerTalk.com, part of the Frequent Flyer Network, is an interactive community dedicated to the topic of frequent flyer miles, points and travel. All travelers, from vacation travelers to mileage junkies, are welcome in the community. With more than 170,000 members, FlyerTalk is widely considered the world's most popular frequent flyer community.

OpenSkies is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways. By the end of 2009, the airline plans to be operating six proven, fuel-efficient Boeing 757 aircraft, providing non-stop flights from Continental European cities such as Paris, Brussels, Milan, Frankfurt and Amsterdam to New York. For more information visit http://www.flyopenskies.com.

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