Buying and selling of alliance multi-airline, multi-sector fares offered by oneworld has been made significantly simpler with the launch of automated pricing for its round-the-world and multi-continent tickets. Now, travel agents the world over connected to the Sabre Global Distribution System and its Abacus and INFINI associated systems can book and automatically calculate the fare for these tickets.
oneworld has unveiled key enhancements to oneworld events, its one-stop, easy-to-use travel service for the conferences, conventions, meetings, exhibitions and special events markets. Key improvements include lowering by half the minimum requirement for the number of delegates flying internationally to an event, to 50.
Today Iberia will join Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair in their joint business between Europe and Japan. The joint business means that the four airlines will share revenue and cooperate on scheduling and pricing between Japan and Europe, providing customers with more flexible routing options and an attractive range of fares.
LATAM Airlines Brasil and Cathay Pacific Airways have entered into a codeshare agreement, offering passengers increased connectivity between South America and Asia. Both airlines are members of oneworld and this agreement further enhances the alliance.
oneworld has today named industry veteran Rob Gurney as its new chief executive. He succeeds Bruce Ashby, who announced in January that he would be stepping down from the role this summer after more than five years in the position. Gurney will join oneworld in October after leaving Gulf carrier Emirates, where he served as senior vice president commercial operations, Americas.
Japan’s ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism has granted an extension of the anti-trust immunity to include Iberia in the joint business between Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair. The decision will allow the four airlines to cooperate commercially on flights between Europe and Japan. Iberia is expected to join the existing joint business between the other three airlines as from October 18th, 2016.
oneworld has expanded its online training resources for travel agents to cover its full suite of fare products. oneworld offers a wider range of fares than any other global airline alliance, for trips around the world or through several or just one continent, all at attractive prices.
Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines, both members of the oneworld alliance, have strengthened their cooperation with a bilateral code-share relationship. Both airlines will code-share on each other’s flights between their respective hubs – Qatar Airways’ thrice daily Airbus A340-600 operations to Colombo and SriLankan Airlines’ daily Airbus A330-300 flight to Doha.
The first step has been taken to enable Iberia to join British Airways, Finnair and Japan Airlines in their successful joint business on flights between Europe and Japan. JAL has submitted its application to the Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism seeking antitrust immunity with Iberia to cooperate on flights between Europe and Japan.
Bruce Ashby is to step down as oneworld chief executive later this year, after more than five years leading the world’s most highly prized airline alliance. He has made himself available to stay at oneworld’s helm until June to enable a seamless handover to his successor.
Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Pacific are adding their networks to Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by oneworld member airlines. Jetstar’s Australian airline already participates in the fare. The addition of these three carriers’ routes, from today, will bring more than 15 new destinations, two key Asian hubs – in Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore – and dozens more routes on board Global Explorer.