Hey, here’s some exciting news. After OpenSkies “suspended” their service between New York and Amsterdam to “refocus business efforts” I was convinced they were taking their last breath, as much as I really wanted them to succeed. Well, the all business class airline will be starting five times weekly service between Paris Orly and Washington Dulles on May 3.
I do have to ask myself, however, whether this route will make it or not. Like I said I love the airline and really want them to succeed, but I can’t begin to rationalize this route. While I’m sure they’ve done a lot more research than I have, hear me out. A good chunk of the “profitable” passengers flying between Washington and Paris are traveling on government business. I imagine the French will fly Air France and the Americans will fly United. They’re not necessarily looking for the lowest fare but instead are restricted by what cabin they fly. Besides, you’ll get more frequencies/options with both Air France or United. I always think of OpenSkies as a great airline for either the wealthier leisure traveler or a company that’s willing to pay for more than coach but not quite full fare business class. And I just don’t see there being a huge market for that in Washington.
Or maybe I’m off base? Either way I wish them the best of luck and hopefully continued expansion.