The American airline Alaska Airlines becomes a new member of the oneworld alliance. Oneworld includes industry giants such as BA, Iberia, American, Qantas and Cathay.
AAlaska Airlines said it hoped to complete membership later this year, Alaska Airlines said Thursday. Its daughters Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines would also become “affiliate members” of the aeronautical alliance. Alaska Airlines’ application to join, first announced in February of this year, has now been confirmed by a formal invitation to become a oneworld board member. The airline has already received “future member” status. With final membership, Alaskan frequent flyers can earn and redeem miles through the alliance. Frequent flyers with status can use up to 650 lounges worldwide.
“This milestone will improve our connections for passengers on the west coast of the United States and beyond,” said Brad Tilden, CEO and President of Alaska Airlines. “oneworld opens up an impressive network of international routes as soon as our business and private travelers start abroad again. On the contrary, international visitors have much better connection options. We want to deepen our cooperation with other members. . “
Alaska already uses the codes shared with oneworld American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines and Qantas members and with the “oneworld connect partner” Fiji Airways. Upon joining, oneworld will receive 34 additional destinations. The alliance therefore offers a total of over 1000 destinations in 170 areas. Alaska has bases in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and Anchorage, from which it serves 115 destinations. The Alaska Air Group operates a fleet of 319 aircraft, including Airbus A320, Boeing 737, Embraer 175 and Bombardier Q400.