OpenSkies to reinstate economy cabin on premium 757s

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British Airways' transatlantic premium carrier OpenSkies is to restore economy-class seats to its Boeing 757-200 aircraft, four years after opting to remove them in favour of an all-business cabin.

The new layout will be introduced from 19 June, and will take the seating capacity in the 757 to 114.

OpenSkies had originally fitted the 757s with a three-class layout featuring 24 business-class, 28 premium-economy and 30 economy-class seats.

But within weeks of starting operations in 2008 the carrier moved to cut the economy-class cabin and replace it with 12 more premium-economy seats, reducing the overall seating from 82 to 64.

The new configuration, however, will introduce a 66-seat economy cabin.

While OpenSkies is still highlighting that the 757s will feature 20 lie-flat business-class seats, and 28 premium-economy seats, the changes re-introduce a three-class layout and a seating density higher than that which OpenSkies has ever previously operated.

OpenSkies managing director Patrick Malval said the change is aimed at improving the carrier "so that it will be even closer to the expectations of our clients".

He said it would be the "first of a long series of investments" for the airline. A second 757 will be operational in the new configuration from 29 June.

OpenSkies operates between Paris Orly and Newark, its only route after it axed its Paris-Washington and Amsterdam-New York services.