Alan Joyce gets appointed chairman of the oneworld alliance.

Oneworld Alliance
Date Posted: 21/11/2018

Oneworld is one of the global airline alliances that combine together some of the world’s best leading airline carriers and for us frequent travellers it means increased benefits, easier flight connections and greater convenience. The global airline alliance, oneworld, is committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to international travellers.

For over fifteen consecutive years the oneworld alliance has received the award for the World’s Leading Airline Alliance’ presented at the world travel awards. For us Qantas Frequent Flyers holding a Silver, Gold, Platinum or Platinum One membership card we are all eligible to benefit from the oneworld global airline alliance. Qantas Frequent Flyer members may have noticed that on their membership card there is a coloured oval blue, red or green on the bottom of your card. This coloured circle isn’t just for decoration, it is reflective of your oneworld tier status. Oneworld has their own tiers of membership; they are Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

Fiji Airlines oneworld Connect banner (Image: oneworld)

Frequent Flyers are able to redeem miles and points across the entire alliance network as well as access to more than 650 lounges around the world.

Over the next two years Alan Joyce will hold the top ranks of the board, by being nominated and named as the newest Chairman of the alliance. Joyce sees out the previous Chairman Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo who has held the position since June 2017. Mr Vauramo is transitioning from the airline to join Finland’s Metso Corporation as its new Chief Executive Officer.

As soon as Alan Joyce steps foot into his new position he will chair board meetings, oversee alliance governance and work closely with the oneworld Chief Executive Officer Rob Gurney along with the central alliance team.

It’s not uncommon for a CEO of a oneworld alliance member, in this case its Qantas to become the alliances chairman. Prior to Mr Joyce taking the position it was held by Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo, prior to Mr. Vauramo the position has been held by two American Airlines CEO’s Gerard Arpey and Tom Horton, British Airways CEO Willie Walsh along with Cathay Pacific’s CEO Ivan Chu.

The governing board is comprised of all of the airlines alliance members. Carriers include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberian, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines, alongside Qantas of course.

All the current oneworld airlines listed above serve more than 1,000 airports in 150 plus territories, operating over 14,000 daily departures. These thirteen carriers have a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft, transporting over 550 million passengers each year, that over half a billion people! Incredibly the oneworld alliance only accounts for 20% of the entire global airlines industries passenger’s carryings and revenues.

“As a founding member of oneworld, we are pleased the airline has evolved over time to deliver greater value to more customers worldwide and expand its global joint network”

Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO

Earlier this year oneworld launched a ‘oneworld Connect’ alliance which saw alliance members Qantas, British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific sponsoring Fiji Airways into the global airline alliance, allowing greater connections and destination opportunities to passengers.

“I look forward to serving as chairman of the governing board and working with our oneworld partner airlines as the alliance reached the 20th anniversary of its launch” Mr Joyce added.

oneworld Partners
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