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Mon, 4 June 2018

oneworld to Expand Airline Alliance with New Platform

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 the alliance 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.

Warm welcome at Fiji Airways' Airport Lounge in Nadi, Fiji. Click to enlarge.

 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.

American, Cathay 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 our region.”

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 oneworld sponsors.

- 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 certification. 

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