Oneworld has a new member Qatar Airways joined the alliance on 31 October increasing the oneworld alliance membership to 13 and making the airline the second middle eastern oneworld carrier. To celebrate oneworld membership a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 in oneworld livery became the first aircraft to land at the soon to be open Hamad International Airport. Qatar Airways joined one year after receiving its invitation to join the alliance, which is no mean feat as most new member airlines take 18-24 months to comply with oneworld’s membership requirements. Qatar Airways, which serves more than 130 destinations in 70 countries across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia, is oneworld’s second member airline based in the Middle East. It makes oneworld the leading alliance in one of the world’s fastest growing regions for air travel demand. Frequent Flyer Benefits and Double Frequent Flyer Mile Offer For a limited time Qatar is offering all oneworld frequent flyers double frequent flyer miles when flying on Qatar Airways between 15 November and 31 January (except between 20 December and 5 January). Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty are eligible for oneworld frequent flyer benefits when travelling with any oneworld member airline around the world Privilege members will earn and be able to redeem Qmiles on any oneworld flight, they will receive double Qmiles award miles when flying on Qatar Airways’ oneworldpartners between 15 November and 31 January (except between 20 December and 5 January) as an additional sweetener double tier status is also being thrown in. Privilege Club Platinum cardholders will have Emerald status in the oneworld programme. Privilege Club Gold will be equivalent to oneworld Sapphire and Privilege Club Silver will be oneworld Ruby. Privilege Club Platinum and Gold members will be able to access more than 550 airport lounges worldwide offered by oneworld member airlines when they fly with one of the alliance’s carriers – five times more than they can use up until now. Qatar Airways’ First and Business Class passengers will also be able to make use of oneworld partner airline lounges. As oneworld Emeralds, Privilege Club Platinum cardholders will be able to use First Class lounges, where available – and receive an additional baggage allowance and access fast tracks through departure security at select airports. Also from midnight tonight, the 140 million members of the established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programmes will be able to earn and redeem awards and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits when flying on Qatar Airways. A set of Qatar Airways Oneworld ceremony photos can be seen in the gallery below:
Jetstar and Oneworld have announced a fare agreement which will allow Jetstar flights sold under the Qantas codeshare to be saleable by oneworld carriers, allowing customers to include flights on the Australia-based airline in the popular oneworld fare products including itinerary combinations such as oneworld Explorer round-the-world and oneworld Circle Pacific, Circle Asia and South West Pacific and Circle Trip Explorer. The full media release from Jetstar and oneworld can be read below: Jetstar reaches across the globe with oneworld Low fares leader Jetstar has announced a new fare agreement with members of leading global airline alliance oneworld®, allowing customers to include flights on the Australia-based airline in the popular oneworld fare products including itinerary combinations such as oneworld Explorer round-the-world and oneworld Circle Pacific, Circle Asia and South West Pacific and Circle Trip Explorer. From 1 February 2011, Jetstar (JQ) operated flights sold under the Qantas codeshare will be saleable by oneworld carriers and travel agents globally as part of these oneworld itineraries. Qantas codeshares on virtually every Jetstar flight, so this arrangement covers almost the full schedule of Jetstar Australia and New Zealand operations. The unique new fare agreement will initially apply to itineraries ticketed by oneworld carriers that have existing interline agreements with Jetstar, including Qantas, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LAN and Royal Jordanian. Plans are being developed to extend the arrangement to itineraries being ticketed by other oneworld member airlines. Jetstar already participates in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld partners with a number of other airlines that are not members of the alliance, and also in the alliance’s ‘Visit Australia and New Zealand pass’ – but today’s development is the first time that any carrier which is not part of oneworld is being added to the alliance’s own oneworld-branded mainstream fare packages. Jetstar’s involvement will add five destinations, all in Australia, and 56 routes in Australasia – including a New Zealand domestic schedule – to these fares, taking the network covered by: oneworld Explorer to nearly 800 destinations in some 150 countries worldwide; oneworld Circle Pacific to around 450 destinations in some 30 countries in South West Pacific, Asia and North and South America; and oneworld Circle Asia and South Pacific to some 150 destinations in nearly 20 countries. For lead-in prices for these and all other oneworld fares – or for an exact quote for your own bespoke oneworld Explorer trip – see oneworld.com Jetstar Group CEO Bruce Buchanan said Jetstar continued to break new ground by introducing innovative product for its customers not traditionally offered by low cost carriers. “The oneworld alliance brings together 12 of the world’s biggest and best airlines and jointly they and their 20 affiliate airlines fly to more than 750 destinations in almost 150 countries,” Mr Buchanan said. “This unique new fare arrangement with the oneworld airline alliance will offer a whole new range of far-reaching itineraries […]
S7 Airlines, Russia’s leading domestic carrier, will become part of oneworld® effective Monday, 15 November, offering the alliance’s full range of services and benefits from then and substantially expanding its network throughout Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States – in the latest step by oneworld to establish itself as the world’s premier alliance in what is turning out to be a breakthrough year for the group. From 15 November, 2010 members of the S7 Priority frequent flyer programme will be able to earn and redeem mileage awards on all oneworld partners, which includes some of the biggest and best airlines in the world – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas and Royal Jordanian and almost 20 affiliated airlines. S7 Priority Platinum and Gold cardholders will have oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status respectively, gaining them access to more than 500 airport lounges worldwide offered by the alliance’s airlines. S7 Priority Silver cardholders will have oneworld Ruby status. All S7 Priority Platinum, Gold and Silver cardholders will soon be sent new membership cards, bearing the oneworld logo, to ensure they receive their alliance benefits from 15 November. Also from 15 November, members of the established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem awards and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits on S7. Its network – covering 90 destinations and 28 countries, including 45 points in Russia and some 25 destinations in other parts of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – will from then be covered by oneworld’s full and extensive range of alliance fares and sales products. S7’s Russian domestic market is the world’s largest country in terms of land mass, the ninth most populous and with the eighth biggest gross domestic product. Currently seven of oneworld’s established airlines – British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines and Royal Jordanian – serve Moscow, plus St Petersburg and Ekaterinburg in Russia. S7 Airlines to join oneworld on 15 November 2010 The new oneworld recruit will add 55 destinations in the region to the alliance map, and nine countries, in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This will almost triple the number of destinations served by oneworld in Russia, the CIS and other parts of East Europe to a total 84 destinations in 26 countries. For S7, joining oneworld will strengthen its competitive offering and its financial position, enabling it to offer customers an unrivalled alliance global network served by partners including some of the best and biggest airlines in the world. Its addition will extend oneworld’s global coverage to a total of more than 750 destinations in almost 150 countries, served by a total of 8,500 departures a day operated by a combined fleet of some 2,250 aircraft, carrying 300 million passengers a year, with annual revenues of more than […]
oneworld Alliance along with many of its member airlines have taken out several awards at the 2010 US Global Traveler Wines on the Wing survey, with oneworld taking out the best alliance for wine, in addition awarded oneworld member airlines included: American Airlines – Best North American Airline for wines, Best North American Red Wine, Best North American Sparking wine British Airways, LAN Mexicana named top ten for Champagne and Sparkling wine American, British Airways & LAN – in Top 10 best White Wines Iberia, American, LAN & Mexicana – in Top 10 for reds The full media release from the oneworld Alliance can be read below: Cheers again to oneworld, as best alliance for in-flight wine 03 August 2010 Judges at another leading wine-tasting competition have raised their glasses to the oneworld® alliance and many of its member airlines. oneworld is named the best alliance for wine in the 2010 Wines on the Wing survey published this month by US magazine Global Traveler – which confirms the findings of the Cellars in the Sky awards presented by the UK’s Business Traveller in February this year. Besides winning the “best alliance” title, oneworld’s member airlines also flew high in the Global Traveler Wines on the Wing awards – just as they did in Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky. American Airlines took the toast as best North American airline for wines, as well as Best North American Red Wine and Best North American Sparking Wine. American, British Airways, LAN and Mexicana were named among the top ten for Champagne and sparkling wine. American, BA and LAN were also in the top ten for white wines, while Iberia, American, LAN and Mexicana were in the top ten for reds. Twenty six airlines submitted 46 white wines, 49 red wines, and 23 champagne or sparkling wines currently on their international Business Class and North American premium class wine lists for a blind taste test in the Wines on the Wing awards. The tasting was organised by Global Traveler’s wine columnist and noted wine expert, Eunice Fried, using 30 independent judges who are noted wine-industry experts. oneworld was named the World’s Best Alliance in the 2010 World Airline Awards and has been voted the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the past seven years in the World Travel Awards. It is the only winner of this award since it was introduced in 2003.
The oneworld airline alliance has now officially accepted Kingfisher Airlines as a member elect of the oneworld alliance. This announcement expands oneworld’s power to 13 airlines, expanding oneworld’s reach to over 800 destinations in 150 Countries. The full media release from oneworld can be read below: oneworld invites Kingfisher Airlines on board 07 June 2010 Regulatory OK gained for India’s leading airline to join premier air alliance Implementation programme already well underway Alliance carriers to share Kingfisher Airlines’ new lounge at New Delhi British Airways to launch code-sharing with new partner later this month Another key step for oneworld in alliance’s ‘breakthrough year’ Kingfisher Airlines today became a member elect of oneworld® after completing a formal membership agreement with the alliance – moving India’s leading airline a landmark step towards flying as part of the world’s premier airline alliance. The contract was signed by the Kingfisher Airlines’ Chairman and Chief Executive Vijay Mallya and his counterparts from all 12 of oneworld existing partners and members elect. It follows a memorandum of understanding reached between Kingfisher Airlines and oneworld, announced in late February, setting out a framework for membership discussions. A key condition for oneworld inviting Kingfisher Airlines to join has already been met – with India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation granting approval for the carrier to become part of the alliance, just weeks after the airline filed its request for authority to proceed, enabling Kingfisher Airlines and oneworld to move fast forward to complete the formal membership agreement today. A team of experts from British Airways – which is serving as Kingfisher Airlines’ oneworld sponsor, mentoring and supporting it through its joining programme – and from the central oneworld team has just returned from visiting their Kingfisher Airlines counterparts in Mumbai and Delhi to set its joining programme in motion. The first element has already been successfully accomplished with Kingfisher Airlines passing oneworld’s safety audit with flying colours. The next step in building links between oneworld and Kingfisher Airlines takes place next month, with the opening of the new international passenger terminal at New Delhi, when all the alliance’s six carriers serving the Indian capital will share Kingfisher Airlines’ new premium passenger lounge there. Meantime, individual members of oneworld have started developing bilateral co-operation with Kingfisher Airlines. British Airways today announced it had reached agreement to code-share with its new Indian partner. The BA prefix will be added to flights by its Indian airline to various points across the Indian sub-continent, with Kingfisher Airlines’ IT designator placed on services operated by the UK carrier to key cities in Europe from later this month. Full details will be announced nearer to the launch of these code-share operations. The addition of Kingfisher Airlines as a oneworld member elect comes in a breakthrough year for the alliance, in terms of both membership consolidation and expanding co-operation between its members airlines, enabling oneworld to build further on its position as […]
Overnight oneworld alliance has announced that India’s Kingfisher Airlines is set to join the oneworld alliance. Details are as follows: Kingfisher expected to formally join the oneworld alliance in 2011 British Airways will support Kingfisher in its implementation phase as its sponsor Kingfishers membership will add an additional 58 cities to the oneworld map The full media release from oneworld alliance can be read below: India’s leading domestic carrier and only five-star airline, Kingfisher Airlines, is lining up to join oneworld® after signing a memorandum of understanding as its first step towards full membership of the world’s leading quality airline alliance, subject to Indian regulatory approval. The agreement was concluded at a meeting between Kingfisher Airlines’ Chairman Vijay Mallya and Chief Executives from oneworld’s 11 existing member airlines, which include some of the best and biggest names in the industry. Kingfisher Airlines today applied to India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation for authority to proceed with its membership of oneworld. A target date for Kingfisher Airlines to join the alliance will be confirmed once this approval is gained. The process to bring any airline on board normally takes around 18 months to complete, so Kingfisher Airlines could be expected to start flying as part of oneworld during 2011. Kingfisher Airlines’ addition to oneworld will link India’s most extensive domestic network with oneworld’s unrivalled global network, as the only alliance with airlines based on every continent. It will add 58 cities to the oneworld map – all of them in India. This will expand oneworld’s network to 800 destinations in almost 150 countries, served by a combined fleet of 2,350 aircraft operating some 9,000 flights a day, carrying some 340 million passengers a year. Established oneworld members American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian already serve five gateways in India between them – Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. British Airways will support Kingfisher Airlines through its alliance implementation programme, as its oneworld sponsor. Kingfisher Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Vijay Mallya said: “Kingfisher Airlines is proud to be lining up to join the world’s leading quality global airline alliance. Becoming part of oneworld would be one of our most significant steps so far – and is right in line with our vision to become one of the world’s top airlines. It will enable us to offer our guests a truly global network served by partners who include some of the best known and most admired airlines in the world, with frequent flyer benefits extended throughout this network. It will also strengthen us financially, through revenues from passengers transferring to our network from our oneworld partners and the cost reduction opportunities the alliance offers.” Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of British Airways, oneworld’s sponsor of Kingfisher Airlines, said: “Kingfisher Airlines is an ideal fit for oneworld. It has a strong focus on customer service and its network expands what the alliance currently offers. oneworld’s priority is the quality rather than quantity of our member airlines, which is […]
American Airlines has committed to wifi enabling 300 of its domestic fleet within 2 years, with will enable passengers to surf the internet, check email, or even VPN into their corporate network. The brief press release from oneworld can be read below: American to make 300 of its US domestic aircraft in-flight wifi hotspots: American Airlines is to offer passengers wifi internet access in-flight on more than 300 of its aircraft flying on US domestic services within the next two years. After trials on board 15 of its Boeing 767-200s since August, it is now to install the Gogo equipment on all 150 of its MD80s and then its entire Boeing 737-800 fleet. Gogo turns an American Airlines flight into a wifi hotspot, enabling passengers to surf the web, check email, send instant messages, access a corporate VPN and more. Cell phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service use will not be available. Once the aircraft has reached 10,000 ft, users can simply turn on their wifi enabled devices – such as laptops, smartphones and handheld PDAs – then open their browsers and be directed to the Gogo portal page where they sign up and begin surfing.
Cathay Pacific has taken out the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award for 2009, the brief press release from oneworld can be read below: Cathay Pacific named Airline of the Year: Cathay Pacific has been named Airline of the Year 2009 in the World Airline Awards run by the Skytrax airline quality research organisation – the third time in ten years that the airline has taken the scheme’s overall top award. This year, it was also named Best Airline Asia and Best in South East Asia. Overall, oneworld’s 10 member airlines took a total of seven of the scheme’s top awards. LAN took two top prizes – as Best Airline South America and Best Regional Airline South America. British Airways was judged Best Transatlantic and Qantas retained its award as Best Airline Australasia.
Malév 10 years after stopping services to St Petersburg Russia have again resumed services and is now the fourth airline to service the city. The brief press release from oneworld can be read below: Malév becomes fourth oneworld member to serve St Petersburg: Malév Hungarian Airlines has resumed services to St Petersburg after a near 10-year break. It is now operating to the Russian city from its Budapest base twice weekly during the summer season, to late October. It is the fourth oneworld member to serve the Russian city, alongside British Airways, Finnair and Iberia.
LAN Ecuador has launched domestic flights within 4 South American countries, giving oneworld frequent flyers additional mile earning options when flying within the region, below is a brief press release from oneworld: LAN Ecuador launches first domestic flights: oneworld® now offers domestic flights in a fourth South American country, with affiliate member LAN Ecuador launching internal services in its home market. It is now linking its two hubs Guayaquil and Quito with seven Airbus A318 flights a day. Later it will connect both gateways with Cuenca and the Galapagos Islands. Until now, it has only operated internationally, with flights between Ecuador and the USA, Europe, Chile and Argentina. oneworld is the only alliance with any member airlines based in South America, with LAN Airlines and its affiliates already offering domestic services within Chile, Argentina and Peru, besides their comprehensive international networks.
To mark the tenth anniversary of the oneworld alliance Qantas has announced that two of its aircraft (a Boeing 747-400 and an Airbus A330-200) will be painted in Oneworld livery. The full media release from Qantas can be read below: Qantas announced today that two of its aircraft would carry special oneworld livery to mark the alliance’s tenth anniversary this year. The Chief Executive of Qantas, Mr Alan Joyce, said that as a founding member of oneworld, Qantas was strongly committed to the alliance and the benefits it delivered to customers. “Qantas and its customers have benefited greatly from our oneworld membership over the last 10 years,” Mr Joyce said. “We are able to offer a genuinely global range of products and services that would not be possible without the alliance, including round the world fares and reciprocal lounge and loyalty program access. “To mark this important milestone in the alliance’s history, a Qantas Boeing 747-400 and an Airbus A330-200 will be flying with oneworld livery. The Boeing 747-400 will operate its first service with the new livery on Saturday 28 February as QF73 from Sydney to San Francisco. The A330-200 will be in operation by the end of March.” In addition to the new aircraft livery, Qantas will participate in a number of Oneworld anniversary activities throughout the year, including airport and Frequent Flyer promotions. The airline is also participating in oneworld’s 10 per cent off for 10 weeks sale which offers a 10 per cent discount on all oneworld Explorer round-the-world bookings made until 12 April 2009. Customers can save up to $470 on the six continent oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare in Economy Class, $1,379 in Business Class and $1,779 in First Class. Further details of oneworld tenth anniversary promotions and activities can be found at qantas.com and oneworld.com
oneworld member airlines have taken four of the top awards in the latest Tested Awards from the US Global Traveler magazine and another four in the 2008 Business Traveler US Awards. In Global Traveler’s awards, LAN was named Best Latin American Airline and Qantas Best in Australasia. British Airways was top in the Best Business Class category, and American won Best Airline for Domestic First Class for the third year running. BA also took six runners-up places – for World’s Best Airline overall, First Class, Premium Economy, Transatlantic, Lounges and Frequent Flyer Programme. American was among the runners-up in three categories – North American, Lounges and Frequent Flyer Programme. Also runners-up were Cathay Pacific for Business Class, Qantas for South Pacific, Malév for East European and Japan Airlines for North Asia. In Business Traveler’s awards, Qantas was judged as offering the world’s best business class, with American providing the best First Class within North America. BA was honoured as best airline in Western Europe, while LAN retained its trophy as Best Business Class to South America for the third year running.
British Airways is to resume flights to Saudi Arabia, with five services a week from its London Heathrow hub to both Jeddah and Riyadh from 29 March. It will serve Riyadh with Boeing 777s, and Jeddah with 767s. BA suspended operations to Saudi Arabia in March 2005 because of the poor commercial performance of its flights, but the country has remained on the oneworld network through flights by other member airlines. Royal Jordanian serves both Jeddah and Riyadh along with Dammam with Riyadh also receiving Cathay Pacific flights.
Qantas has launched its new service between its Sydney hub and the Buenos Aires base of oneworld affiliate LAN Argentina, making it the first airline to operate non-stops between Australia and South America. It is offering three round trips a week by Boeing 747-400s on the route. Qantas will continue to code-share on LAN’s six flights a week between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland. It becomes the fifth oneworld carrier to serve the Argentine capital, alongside American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and LAN. Qantas and its regional affiliate QantasLink are opening two new Australian domestic routes. The mainline airline will link Adelaide with Western Australia’s Kalgoorlie from 1 March with an initial two round trips a week. QantasLink meantime will open flights between Townsville and Mount Isa, also from March.
Dates for the next phase of oneworld relocations at London Heathrow have now been confirmed, following the completion of British Airways’ move into its new Terminal 5 base. Finnair, which operates four daily round-trips between Heathrow and its Helsinki hub, will transfer from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 on 27 January. Iberia will transfer operations on 25 February from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. The Spanish airline links Heathrow with Madrid eight times a day and with Barcelona four times a day. British Airways will complete its move out of Terminal 1 four weeks later, on 25 February, with its final flights operating there – serving Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Nice and Helsinki – switching to Terminal 3. A few weeks later – on 29 March – BA will move its routes serving Malaga and Vienna from to Terminal 3 from Terminal 5. Four of the five other oneworld airlines serving Heathrow are already based in Terminal 3 – American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian. The only other oneworld on-line carrier, Qantas, will move there later in 2009, switching from Terminal 4. British Airways’ flights serving Bangkok, Singapore and Sydney will move from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 at the same time, alongside Qantas. This will complete what has been oneworld’s biggest airport co-location to date, bringing the operations of its eight carriers serving its biggest European hub from across all four of its established terminals into just two. The oneworld carriers moving into Terminal 3 will use adjacent check-in desks in Zones F and G. Airport owner BAA is currently spending millions of dollars bringing Terminal 3 up to similar standards as the new Terminal 5. Other than the flights it is moving into Terminal 3, BA’s entire operation at its home base are now housed in Terminal 5. BA’s Executive Club lounge in Terminal 1 will close on 27 January, to enable airport operator BAA to proceed with the building’s redevelopment. For the four weeks from then until it moves its final flights from the building to Terminal 3, its passengers will be able to use the Star lounge at Terminal 1.