JAL becomes Full Member of oneworld Airline Alliance

Travel News Asia Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Global airline alliance oneworld, has completed the biggest expansion in its history with Japan Airlines, Malv Hungarian Airlines and Royal Jordanian all now offering the alliances services and benefits as full members.

Seven other airlines have joined as affiliate members - JAL associates JALways, Japan Asia Airways, JAL Express, J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air as well as LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador.

Their addition has expanded oneworld substantially, to:

- Almost 700 airports, around a hundred more than before.
- Nearly 150 countries.
- 9,000 daily departures, a thousand more than before.
- Around 315 million passengers, 65 million more.
- 265,000 employees.
- Almost 2,500 aircraft.
- Nearly US$90 billion annual revenues, up by a third.

JAL was the largest airline in the world not aligned to a multilateral global alliance until it lined up to join oneworld. It is one of the biggest carriers in the Asia Pacific region and one of the top airlines in the world. On virtually every measure, it becomes one of the biggest three airlines in oneworld.

With its five oneworld affiliates, it serves almost 90 destinations in 24 countries. It has added nearly 50 airports to the alliance network - almost 40 of them in Japan, and the rest in China and elsewhere in Asia. It has brought one new territory onto the oneworld map, in Guam.

Members of the JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) can now earn and redeem mileage awards on all other oneworld carriers. JAL Global Club Premier, JMB Diamond and Sapphire cardholders can also now gain access to the 400 airport lounges worldwide offered by the alliances airlines.

Frequent flyer programme members of the established oneworld airlines - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, LAN Airlines and Qantas - can now earn and redeem awards and receive all other oneworld benefits on JAL.

In a separate move, Aer Lingus has now withdrawn from the oneworld alliance

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