British Airways OpenSkies joins oneworld, offers Qantas points

By John Walton, November 26 2012

British Airways' OpenSkies subsidiary is joining oneworld, providing an extra option for topping up your Qantas Frequent Flyer points when flying across the Atlantic.

You'll start earning points at the same rate as British Airways from next week, when OpenSkies joins oneworld as an affiliate member on 1 December. That's the same status that QantasLink and Cathay Pacific subsidiary Dragonair enjoy. 

OpenSkies was previously an all-business class airline, but now runs a three-class (business, premium economy and economy) service across the Atlantic using Boeing 757 planes between Paris' second airport Orly and New York's second airport Newark. Orly-New York JFK flights will begin in March.

Since OpenSkies uses British Airways' BA flight code, you'll earn the British Airways rate of Qantas Frequent Flyer points and status credits. 

Inside OpenSkies' 757s

Up front are 20 of the forwards-backwards style of fully flat business class beds in "Biz", laid out in a 2-2 configuration.

Award yourself an extra (though non-redeemable) thousand frequent flyer points if you thought that looked like British Airways' last-generation Club World business class seat with a new covering on top: it is.

Behind them come 28 seats in the "Prem Plus" premium economy offering, which is similar to an Australian domestic business class seat in a 2-2 configuration.

And down the back there are 66 regular economy seats in a 3-3 layout.

For inflight entertainment, OpenSkies has gone Apple: every passenger gets an iPad for the flight.

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John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

Very nice colour scheme. Even the Premium Economy looks promising!  Would the cabin crew be English or French (or perhaps American)?

I wish Jetstar would be an affiliate! The Qantas-Jetstar multiple personality disorder is a real bore.

03 Jan 2011

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As I understand it, the crew is now mainline BA (though I'm not sure whether they're the cheaper Mixed Fleet crew).

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25 May 2012

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I'm not sure I like the forwards-backwards layout of the Business cabin. I know its the same configuration as BA mainline except that these seats don't seem to have a collapseable divider, so unless you're travelling with someone you know it may feel a bit too intimate or just plain awkward.

At least you won't have to endure a connection through LHR anymore (yes, I know AA flies between JFK and CDG).

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25 May 2012

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Nevermind... had a closer review of the pictures.

03 Jan 2011

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Yeah, there's a reason BA updated them as soon as they did after launch.


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