And now we know why: because OpenSkies has been hoping to land a code which is just as recognisable as the familiar ‘BA’ identifier of its parent company.
If you’re planning to fly the ‘open skies’ flag for the European Community, then you could do worse than operate under an ‘EC’ code – the designator for which OpenSkies is cheekily seeking approval.
The evidence is buried in a stack of legal paperwork outlining OpenSkies’ proposed first service, which will operate from Paris to New York JFK. British Airways will be codesharing with OpenSkies on the route.
Given that the ‘EC’ designator was last seen attached to a small Antonov freighter operator in Uzbekistan, OpenSkies shouldn’t have much trouble picking it up. Which is fortunate, because ‘EU‘ and ‘OS‘ are already taken…