OpenSkies, a new transatlantic airline from British Airways, today received regulatory approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin flights between Paris' Orly Airport and New York JFK Airport starting next month.

The luxury airline will be focusing on New York-based flights to Europe and does not plan to fly to Philadelphia.

OpenSkies plans to offer premium travel, with features such as six-foot flat beds in business class, personal entertainment units, and healthy meals.

"The pricing will be competitive with the other transatlantic premium offerings," spokesman John Hartz said.

OpenSkies will initially operate one Boeing 757 with 82 seats from the British Airways fleet, and by the end of next year plans to have additional routes from Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Milan to New York.

OpenSkies will begin selling tickets and booking flights next week via its Web site www.flyopenskies.com or by phone.