Qantas boss to chair oneworld board

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Geoff Dixon is to serve as Chairman of
the Governing Board of the oneworld alliance. He succeeds Fernando Conte, Chairman and Chief Executive of the
alliance’s Spanish member Iberia, who has held the position for more
than two years.

Geoff Dixon will act as “first among equals” of the chief executives of
the grouping’s member airlines, with effect from their next meeting, in
Los Angeles next week, leading the alliance during the grouping’s
biggest expansion in its history, with three airlines lining up to join
early next year:

*      Japan Airlines, Asia Pacific’s biggest airline and the largest
carrier in the world not currently part of a global alliance. Five of
the group’s affiliates will join oneworld along with the mainline JAL

*      Hungary’s Malév, which will provide oneworld with an attractive
hub in Central and Eastern Europe.

*      Royal Jordanian, the first airline from the Arab world to find a
home in a global alliance, and expanding oneworld’s network in the
Middle East, the world’s fastest growing region for air travel.


These airlines will add almost a hundred destinations to oneworld’s
network, which today covers more than 600 airports in 135 countries, and
increase the grouping’s annual revenues by a third to US$85 billion
(A$112 billion).

oneworld includes some of the biggest and best names in the airline
industry. Besides Qantas and Iberia, existing members comprise American
Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus
plus a dozen affiliates.

Their combined fleet of more than 2,100 aircraft carried almost 260
million passengers last year, with the alliance accounting for around 20
per cent of the world’s total airline industry capacity.

For the past few years, oneworld has been the only airline alliance
whose members have collectively achieved profits - US$1.8 billion (A$2.4
billion) in their last full year, on revenues totaling US$65 billion
(A$86 billion).

One passenger in every 30 they flew last year, and almost four cents in
every dollar of revenue they earned, was as a direct result of their
co-operation with their various partners within oneworld, with the
alliance’s fares and sales activities contributing US$650 million in
revenues, up 20 per cent on the previous year.

oneworld was last month named the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for
the fourth year running in the World Travel Awards, the travel
industry’s biggest award scheme, based on votes cast bysome 170,000
travel professionalsworldwide.

It is the only alliance that enables passengers to transfer between
flights of all its member airlines with the convenience of electronic
tickets, with interline e-ticketing links completed between the entire
grouping in April 2005.

Geoff Dixon’s appointment was announced today during a visit to
Australia by oneworld Managing Partner John McCulloch, who said: “Under
Geoff Dixon’s leadership, Qantas has established a worldwide reputation
as one of the best managed airlines in the world.

“Fernando Conte will be a tough act to follow, but I am delighted that
Geoff has agreed to bring his skills, insight and experience to bear in
the wider oneworld arena at this most exciting time in our development
since the original launch of the alliance.”