Royal Air Maroc has signed up to become the next member of oneworld. Also today, Fiji Airways starts flying as a oneworld connect partner.
The governing board of the oneworld global airline alliance has nominated Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce to serve as its chairman for the next two years.
Japan Airlines and Russia’s S7 Airlines have agreed to further expand their codeshare cooperation by adding four new Russia-domestic destinations to JAL’s network.
oneworld has turned 18, after launching services and benefits in February 1999. To mark this milestone, oneworld chief executive Rob Gurney reviewed oneworld’s progress and priorities in a speech at the Aviation Club of the UK in London, where the alliance’s inception was originally announced.
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.