Exclusively from Sydney | Fiji to partner with Oneworld
AeroTime exclusively from Sydney | During IATA AGM Sydney conference on June 3, 2018, Oneworld unveiled a new platform for linking up to the alliance. Called "Connect" it is the first new membership platform for alliance in 20 years. Fiji Airways is to become the first partner.
To join Connect, each airline would need to have no less than three Oneworld members as its sponsors to be initiated into the program. For Fiji Airways, these sponsors are going to be American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas - all four of Oneworld’s original founding members. However, the exact date when the Fiji's national carrier will become partner is unknown, as it is to be announced "in due course", and as for now - "it is business as usual", the alliance states.
Fiji Airways’ inclusion in Oneworld will add seven territories – its Fiji home and the neighbouring South Pacific nations of Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa – and a total of nine airports
“In the 20 years since Oneworld’s conception in 1998, global airline alliances have expanded their breadth to the extent that they now account for 60 per cent of total industry revenues and capacity globally, and 70 per cent of revenues between the world’s top 125 business city airports," said Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair and Oneworld Governing Board Chairman. “In the future, Oneworld will target as full members large airlines that have a significant presence in the alliance’s prime target market, providing connections between the world’s leading business centres. Meantime, oneworld connect enables us to bring together more airlines to complement the alliance’s global leaders, so customers can earn rewards and feel recognised while travelling even further.”
Fiji Airways is the flag carrier of Fiji. It serves 21 destinations in 13 countries and territories, including Oneworld hubs Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and, from July 2018 month, Tokyo. Its domestic and regional subsidiary Fiji Link flies to a further nine destinations across the Fijian and neighbouring Pacific Islands nations. The group operates a fleet of 18 aircraft, including five Airbus A330s (with a sixth joining the fleet shortly), five next generation Boeing 737s plus, on its inter-island routes, eight turboprops – ATR 72 and 42s and DHC6-Twin Otters.
Oneworld members include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates. Together, these airlines generate more than $130 billion annual revenues.
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