British Airways has announced that it will purchase Paris-based premium carrier L'Avion to add to its OpenSkies premium transatlantic subsidiary. The deal, which only set back BA $52 million in cash, will be completed this month, and OpenSkies will formally combine with L'Avion shortly thereafter.
In a statement, British Airways head Willie Walsh noted that "L'Avion is a successful airline that has built up a premium business in a relatively short period. It has many synergies with OpenSkies and buying it provides a larger schedule and an established customer base."
L'Avion flies Boeing 757-200 aircraft from Paris Orly to Newark, and is the last of the independent premium transatlantic airlines surviving - MAXjet, Silverjet, and EOS have all become victims of higher oil prices.