OpenSkies is a transatlantic airline owned by International Airlines Group (IAG), which also owns British Airways, that is headquartered in Rungis near Paris. The airline launched as a brand of BA European Limited in June 2008 but in April 2009 the name was transferred to Elysair (which had operated as L'Avion). The airline is a full-service carrier and offers three class service cabins on board its aircraft. The airline currently operates between Paris-Orly Airport in France and both Newark and New York in the United States. OpenSkies will cease to operate after summer 2018 to make way for IAG's new low-cost subsidiary Level. This only became possible after the open skies treaty between the United States and the European Union came into effect, allowing any airline to fly between airports in the two regions starting in March 2008. The routes that OpenSkies flies are only possible because of the EU-US Open Skies Agreement, which permits any American or EU airline to operate services to and from any EU or American location. The availability of landing slots limits the impact of the agreement at certain airports, such as London Heathrow Airport. BA European Limited, trading as Openskies, launched originally with a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence. This permits the airline to carry passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. The operating licence was suspended on 6 May 2009 for three months following the transfer of the name to Elysair, at BA European's request. The CAA certificate eventually was surrendered in favor of operating under a certificate issued by the French Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire.
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