OpenSkies's five-times-weekly flights will now detach from the gate at Washington Dulles at the later departure time at 7:30 p.m. local time. This change...

In response to feedback collected from a recent passenger survey, all-business-class carrier OpenSkies is changing its schedule to offer a later departure time on its flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Paris Orly Airport.

OpenSkies’s five-times-weekly flights will now detach from the gate at Washington Dulles (IAD) at the later departure time at 7:30 p.m. local time. This change takes effect from October 31.


Until now, OpenSkies’ flights from Washington Dulles to Paris Orly (ORY) have departed at 5:45 p.m. and arrived at ORY at 7:40 a.m. the next day, local time. The new departure time will result in OpenSkies’ flights from IAD landing at ORY at 8:10 a.m.

“Our passengers’ needs are our top priority. Particularly in a competitive market and a down economy, we understand that our customers are making a choice to fly with us and we are dedicated to offering them the best service possible,” says Dale Moss, CEO of OpenSkies. “We regularly survey our customers to ensure we are aware of the changes and improvements they would like to see, and the decision to move back the departure time is a direct result of that effort.”

All-business-class airline OpenSkies, a subsidiary of British Airways, operates non-stop flights with Boeing 757s between Paris Orly and Newark Liberty, and between Paris Orly and Washington Dulles. The airline also has established a partnership with French national railway operator SNCF to provide its passengers with high-speed train links from Paris Orly to Lyons, Nantes and other destinations in France and Europe

The airline says the departure time for its flights traveling westbound from Paris Orly to Dulles will continue operating on the current schedule. All five weekly flights depart at noon and arrive at Washington Dulles at 4:00 p.m.

OpenSkies is an all-business class airline operating transatlantic flights on Boeing 757-200s from Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington Dulles to Paris Orly. Each aircraft features a unique 2×2 configuration in both of its two cabins – Biz Seat and Biz Bed – giving passengers a choice of a window or aisle seat on every flight.

The airline’s Biz Seats are wide seats that recline 140 degrees with a 52-inch pitch, and its Biz Bed seats convert to completely flat beds, with a 180-degree recline. All seats in both cabins are equipped with universal power outlets and feature individual entertainment systems that contain more than 50 hours of programming.

On every OpenSkies flight, travelers also receive airport lounge access; exceptional, plated dining service with a selection of wines and champagnes; simplified access to the gate through “Fast-Track” check-in; and the ability to join the British Airways Executive Club frequent-flyer program, allowing customers to earn and burn BA Miles and to benefit from the club’s advantages beyond mileage points. Interested consumers can register at www.flyopenskies.com/os/ba_executive_club.

A subsidiary of British Airways, OpenSkies was the first airline created as a result of the EU/ U.S. Open Skies Agreement, which allows airlines to fly between any U.S. and E.U. destination. Since OpenSkies’ first flight, it has flown more than 155,000 passengers.

For more information, visit  www.flyopenskies.com or call 1-866-581-3596.