oneworld has unveiled plans to launch oneworld
connect, a new platform that links
the alliance with more airlines around the world.
Although the date has not yet been confirmed, the first airline to join
as a oneworld connect partner will be Fiji Airways.
oneworld is also in
talks with other carriers interested in participating in the
program, from various parts of the world, including the Americas,
Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Each oneworld connect partner will
need to have a minimum of three oneworld members as its sponsors
to be initiated into the program.
The initial oneworld sponsors of
Fiji Airways will be all four of oneworld’s founding members –
American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas. The
Australian carrier will additionally mentor Fiji Airways through
its oneworld connect implementation process.
Pacific and Qantas already codeshare and have frequent flyer links
with Fiji Airways. British Airways and Fiji Airways are currently
discussing areas for potential bilateral cooperation.
Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljeon, said, “Fiji
Airways is thrilled and honored to be the first oneworld connect
partner globally. We are delighted to link Fiji, and the South
Pacific, to the world’s premier airline alliance and deepen our
relationships in particular with Qantas, American Airlines,
British Airways and Cathay Pacific. This important step for our
airline enables us to offer more services and benefits to our own
customers along with the others in the oneworld family, to achieve
a greater presence for our airline internationally, and to build
on the in-bound tourism that is so vital to our home nation and
oneworld customers with Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status in any oneworld
member airline’s frequent flyer program will be able to use
priority check-in desks, where available, when flying a oneworld
connect partner airline. Also, customers with
Emerald or Sapphire status will be offered priority boarding.
The additional benefits offered by oneworld connect partners to
customers from their oneworld sponsors and vice versa include:
- Through check-in of customers and their baggage for journeys,
including connections between a connect carrier and any of its
- The ability to earn and redeem frequent
flyer rewards and earn frequent flyer status points for eligible
flights. (For customers from oneworld connect airlines, these
benefits depend on the oneworld connect partner offering a
frequent flyer program.)
- Access to select lounges at key
airports for First or Business Class customers or those with
eligible top-tier frequent flyer status.
All oneworld connect partners
will make their networks available via Global Explorer, the
round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld members and select
other airlines. Fiji Airways already does so. All oneworld
connect partners will be also required to maintain IATA IOSA safety