Oneworld expands South American offerings

oneworld affiliate member LAN Ecuador has gained rights to launch domestic services within Ecuador, adding more new destinations to the alliance’s network.

Starting in March, the service will connect the capital Quito with Guayquil and link both cities with Cuenca and Galapagos, using Airbus A320 aircraft.Cuenca and Galapagos will both join the oneworld map for the first time. This new domestic network will complement LAN Ecuador’s international services.

oneworld is currently the only global airline alliance with any members based in South America, through LAN Ecuador, LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina and LAN Peru.

American Airlines is to link its Dallas-Fort Worth base with the Madrid hub of its oneworld partner Iberia from May with daily non-stop Boeing 767-300s flights. The airline already serves the Spanish capital from Miami and flies to Barcelona from New York JFK. American is also to resume seasonal flights between Boston and Paris CDG from 1 May, and link the New England gateway with San Diego from 7 April and re-open service to Paris.

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.


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.

JAL is to link Osaka Kansai with Seoul Gimbo from January:  Japan Airlines is to launch services between its Osaka Kansai hub and Seoul Gimbo from 10 January with daily Boeing 767s.  It already serves Gimbo from Tokyo.

Japan Airlines is to be the first airline to conduct a demonstration flight using a sustainable biofuel refined from the energy crop, camelina. It will use a blend of half traditional kerosene and half biofuel on one of the four Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines on a Boeing 747-300 on a special flight from Tokyo Haneda on 30 January.

oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, plus some 20 affiliates.

Its airlines serve some 700 destinations in 150 countries and offer almost 550 airport lounges worldwide.  They carried around 320 million passengers last year.  It is the only alliance with any member airlines based in South America, Asia’s Middle East or Australia.

oneworld was voted the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the sixth year running at the 2008 World Travel Awards, based on votes cast by some 170,000 travel professionals.