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oneworld continues expanding

Twelve new destinations in Africa, the Americas and Europe - along with a new domestic network in Ecuador - have joined the oneworld network in the new flying season.

oneworld was voted “World’s Leading Alliance” at the World Travel Awards.oneworld affiliate member LAN Ecuador launches its new domestic schedule next month. Initially it will connect the capital Quito with Guayaquil and later link both cities with Cuenca and Galapagos, both of which will join the oneworld map for the first time. It will operate latest generation Airbus A320 family aircraft on all routes.

This new domestic network will complement LAN Ecuador’s international services to and from Ecuador, which include flights from both Guayaquil and Quito to places such as Buenos Aires, Madrid, Miami, New York and Santiago.

Also in South America, LAN Ecuador’s sister airline LAN Peru is to add Cartagena de Indias, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, to the alliance’s network from 29 April, with two Airbus A319s a week from its Quito hub.

Six new destinations in the USA are being brought on-line to oneworld by affiliate American Eagle, the regional carrier of American Airlines:


  * Brownsville, Texas, right on the Mexican border, from 11 June with three flights a day.

  * Charleston, West Virginia, from 7 April with an initial six round trips a week.
  * Lake Charles, Louisiana, twice-daily from 11 June.

  * Manhattan, Kansas, from 25 August.

  * Montgomery, Alabama, the state capital, and steeped in history from the Civil War to Civil Rights, twice-daily from 11 June.

  * Santa Fe, the New Mexico capital, (SAF) daily from 11 June.

All will be served from American Eagle’s Dallas/Fort Worth base, apart from Charleston, which will be linked with New York LaGuardia.

In North Africa and Europe, the alliance will add:

  * Benghazi, as its second city in Libya from 1 June when Royal Jordanian opens service there from its Amman base with an initial two flights a week.

  * Bergen, as its third destination in Norway, with Finnair flying there from its Helsinki home from 22 May, with five flights a week.

  * Iasi as its the fifth destination in Romania, with MalĂ©v Hungarian Airlines launching five flights a week from its Budapest hub from this weekend, building to six from June.

oneworld’s airlines serve almost 700 destinations in nearly 150 countries.  It is the only global alliance with any members based in South America, through LAN Ecuador, LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina and LAN Peru, and the only global alliance with any members in Australia and Asia’s Middle East.