British Airways is expanding its fledgling services between continental Europe and the US with the launch of a second route between Amsterdam and New York JFK airports in addition to the initial flights started in June between Paris Orly and New York.

The Amsterdam service, to open on October 15, will be operated by BA’s new subsidiary airline OpenSkies, which it has established to take advantage of the “open skies” treaty agreed between the US and the European Union.

The treaty has made it possible for the first time for any European Union carrier to fly from any point in Europe to any point in the US – with reciprocal rights for US airlines.

OpenSkies marks the first time that BA has operated direct long-haul flights between continental Europe and the US.

The moves have already taken it into direct competition with Air France-KLM on its home turf in Paris and Amsterdam.

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