Iberia and Qantas are latest oneworld partners to code-share: Iberia and Qantas are to launch code-sharing, becoming the 34th out of the 45 potential pairings of oneworld partners to work together in this way. The development comes as Qantas also expands code-sharing with American Airlines, further expanding its reach across the USA. The alliance’s Australian and Spanish partners will start placing their prefices on one another’s flights from 15 July, smoothing travel between their home countries. Initially, the IB designator will be added to services operated by Qantas between Sydney and both London Heathrow and Frankfurt, while the QF code will be carried by Iberia flights between Madrid and both London Heathrow and Frankfurt.
Mal?v joins third city in Ukraine to oneworld network: A third city in Ukraine joins the oneworld network from today, with Mal?v Hungarian Airlines launching flights between its Budapest hub and Uzhhorod. It will serve the airport – which has the three-letter IATA code UDJ – with two Embraer regional jets a week. Ukraine’s Kiev and Odessa are already served by oneworld airlines.
American Eagle joins three more destinations in USA to oneworld network: Three new destinations in the USA have been joined to the oneworld network by American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, with flights to and from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub:
* Brownsville, Texas (which has the IATA three-letter code BRO), right on the Mexican border and less than half an hour away from two beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches, which is now served by American Eagle three times a day.
* Lake Charles, Louisiana (LCH), host to more than 75 festivals a year, served twice daily.
* Montgomery, Alabama (MGM), the state capital, and steeped in history from the Civil War to Civil Rights, also served twice daily.
Japan’s newest airport Mount Fuji joins oneworld network: Japan’s newest airport, Mount Fuji/Shizuoka has now opened – and joined the oneworld network. The new gateway is served by Japan Airlines.
Dragonair to open flights to Guangzhou: oneworld affiliate Dragonair is to launch flights between its Hong Kong hub and Guangzhou from 14 September, joining Japan Airlines in serving the provincial capital of Guangdong and the biggest city in the fast-growing Pearl River Delta region. Dragonair will offer to double daily Airbus A320 family types on the route.
Qantas adds more Queenstown routes: Qantas is to launch flights to Queenstown from both Brisbane and Melbourne from this weekend until the end of the ski season in mid September. It already served the New Zealand destination seasonally from Sydney.
BA sets September launch for London City-New York JFK all-business flights: British Airways has confirmed that its new all-business flights between London City and New York JFK will start from 29 September. They will operate daily initially, other than Saturdays when the UK airport is closed, increasing to twice-daily from October, using the flight codes reserved for BA’s supersonic Concorde operations until they were suspended in 2003 – BA001, 002, 003 and 004.
The Airbus A318s that will operate them will offer just 32 seats, which all convert to fully flat beds. It will be the first transatlantic flights by any UK airline to enable passengers to access the web in-flight. Minimum check-in time is just 15 minutes before departure. On the way to the USA, the service will make a technical halt at Shannon, to refuel and to enable passengers to clear US customs and immigration. The return flight will be non-stop.
The flights will be the first longhaul services to operate from London City, which is the closest airport to the UK capital’s business centre.
Finnair and oneworld partners to consolidate at Helsinki Terminal 2: All operations by Finnair and its oneworld partners at its Helsinki hub are to consolidate in one area of the airport from 5 August, including the airline’s domestic services, following the opening next month of the extension to the passenger terminal’s area for longhaul and non-Schengen services.
All Finnair, Finncomm and oneworld airline operations will be concentrated at Terminal 2. This will mean that all Finnair traffic from domestic to longhaul will operate from one and the same terminal. Terminal 1, currently the domestic terminal, will be used by other airlines.
At the same time, the airport will open a new security screening area for transit passengers, which will include fast-track channels for premium customers and those with short connection times. The building extension also includes new shops and restaurants.
Work is also about to start on a new railway loop linking the airport with central Helsinki.
JAL moves Paris CDG terminals: Japan Airlines has now moved locations at Paris CDG, switching from Terminal 2F to Terminal 2E. British Airways also moved at CDG earlier this year, from Terminal 2B to Terminal 2A, which was already used by American Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Royal Jordanian remains in Terminal 2B, with the only other alliance members serving the airport, Finnair and Mal?v Hungarian Airlines, using the Schengen-equipped Terminal 2D.
Qantas launches on-line check-in and charges extra to book exit row seats: Qantas is the latest oneworld member airline to enable its passengers to check-in on-line via its website for all flights. On-line check-in is available from 24 to two hours before departure. Members of its Qantas Frequent Flyer loyalty programme can also select their seat on-line for international flights, from the time their booking is first make.
Economy customers seeking extra legroom can also now purchase exit row seats for international flights operated by wide-bodied aircraft, a week to a day before departure. The facility is available via the airline’s telesales centers initially before going on-line later this year, for A$160 (US$127) or 20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points for longhaul segments, of A$80 (US$64) or 10,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points for shorter sectors.
* For details, see http://www.qantas.com.au/info/bookings/exit-row-seats.
American completes up-grade to its Sao Paulo Admirals Club lounge: American Airlines has completed extensive renovations to its Admirals Club at Sao Paulo. The facility is now around 20 per cent bigger, with seating for more than 220 visitors. It features an upgraded, multi-functional business centre, flat panel TVs, self-serve complimentary food and beverage selections, and a children’s room. It also features showers.
About oneworld: oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Mal?v Hungarian Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Mexicana and its affiliate Click Mexicana will join the alliance in 2009 and Russia’s S7 Airlines in 2010. Between them, these airlines:
* Serve almost 750 airports in nearly 150 countries, with some 8,500 daily departures.
* Offer nearly 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
* Carry some 330 million passengers a year.
* Employ 300,000 people.
* Operate almost 2,500 aircraft.
* Generate some US$100 billion annual revenues in total.
It is the only alliance with any airlines based in Australia, South America or Asia’s Middle East.
The alliance enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors.
voted the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the sixth year running in the latest (2008) World Travel Awards. It is the only winner of this award since it was introduced in 2003.