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LATAM Cancels Joint Venture Plans With IAG The LATAM Airlines Group has given up on its plans to form an association with the International Airlines Group (IAG) after having decided to leave the Oneworld alliance. The South American based Airline had decided on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 to cancel the planned joint venture with the owners of British Airways and Iberia according to Aviation website FlightGlobal. [...] Santiago, Chile – December 6, 2019. “LATAM Airlines Group and International Airlines Group (IAG; the parent company of British Airways and Iberia) have decided that they will not implement their proposed joint business agreement (JBA). The decision was made for commercial reasons and in the context of changes in the aviation market since the JBA was first announced in January 2016. “Both airline groups are committed to maintaining their longstanding relationship as well as serving customers on both sides of the Atlantic. All existing bilateral interline, codeshare, lounge access and frequent flyer agreements between the carriers will remain in place, with no impact on customers. “LATAM has informed the relevant competition authorities about this decision.” Notícia completa em: https://simpleflying.com/latam-iag-jv-cancel/ Será que veremos alguma movimentação em direção a Air France-KLM e Virgin?
Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker doubled down on his word that the airline could leave the Oneworld Alliance. And, the final decision could come sooner than expected. During a press conference at ITB Berlin on Wednesday following the unveiling of Qatar’s new economy seat, Al Baker said that the carrier will make its final decision on whether or not to leave the alliance within the next two months. “In the matter of a month or two, we will give you the news if we are going to stay or withdraw [from Oneworld],” Al Baker said. “I think it is the latter that will happen.” Since 2015, Qatar has threatened to leave Oneworld, though that tone has come in spurts. More recently, as of October 2018, Al Baker’s harsh exit words have hit stronger and more often, as he’s doubled down on his stance that the Middle Eastern carrier will depart. During Wednesday’s press conference, Al Baker insinuated that the carrier will leave, and when it does, it’ll have a lasting affect on the state of the alliance. “If we leave Oneworld, we will create a big hole for them in their entire connectivity,” Al Baker said. Al Baker’s voiced his frustration with certain members of the alliance — specifically, though not explicitly mentioning, American Airlines and Qantas — for not treating Qatar with the same respect as the other members. “We have given them breathing space to get their act together,” he said. “As an airline, we will demand respect and not submit to anybody trying to bully us.” By the sound of it, things haven’t improved and Qatar could soon see its way out of the alliance. If it does indeed leave Oneworld, the move could have negative consequences for American Airlines and British Airways flyers who have long earned AAdvantage and Avios miles, as well as elite-qualifying credits when flying with Qatar. https://thepointsguy.com/news/qatar-oneworld-decision-2-months/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_term=editorial&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=100000283516778 ________________________________ Vamos ver se não é mais uma bravata do AAB. A empresa anunciou novos destinos para 2019: Izmir, Malta, Rabat, Davao, Lisboa, Mogadishu e Langkawi. Há outros sete destinos a serem anunciados.
Oneworld to open its own network of airport lounges from 2019 by David Flynn | February 1, 2019 The Oneworld alliance will open its own network of Oneworld-branded airline lounges at key airports around the world, with an inaugural ribbon-cutting in the second half of 2019 and two more lounges likely to follow in 2020. Oneworld hasn't revealed which airport will host that debutante lounge, but alliance CEO Rob Gurney tells Australian Business Traveller that several airports are in contention “and in the middle of this year we will be announcing the first Oneworld lounge.’ “We’ve actually got three we are pursuing, we just haven’t decided what the first one is going to be – it could be any one of those.” Speaking to Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of a press conference in London to mark the alliance's 20th anniversary, Gurney said the lounges would focus on airports or terminals without a home carrier which belongs to Oneworld. “The idea is that we develop these where no single airline has a massive presence, but we have multiple airlines flying into the same airport, maybe with daily flights,” Gurney explains. “So while collectivity we (as Oneworld) have a lot of flights, no single airline could justify the cost of the lounge.” “We think there’s around 15 to 30 opportunities globally which fall into that category, although some of these are a long way out – some are driven by terminal development such as Sao Paulo, Beijing Daxing, Frankfurt, Paris, New York JFK and even Heathrow.” Oneworld’s rollout would be similar to the approach adopted by competing alliances Star Alliance and SkyTeam. The closest that currently exists is a business class lounge at Los Angeles' Tom Bradley International Airport which was launched as a joint project between Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific, and is managed by Qantas. Gurney tells Australian Business Traveller that the Oneworld-branded lounges will be an integrated “premium lounge with a very high quality experience” and open to business class and first class passengers as well as top-tier frequent flyers holding each member airline’s equivalent of Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status (such as Qantas Platinum and Gold, Cathay Pacific’s Macro Polo club Gold and Diamond, and British Airways Executive Club Silver and Gold). However, he adds that “if there are airports that have a particularly high concentration of first class passengers” a seperate first class lounge would be considered. Obvious contenders for future Oneworld lounges will be airports where Oneworld member airlines are working towards 'co-location' of facilities including check-in desks and departure gates. "Oneworld aims to bring its member airlines operating at all airports worldwide together under one roof, to smooth transfers for passengers connecting between different carriers’ flights, wherever the opportunities are available and wherever it makes sense," Gurney explains. “We are working on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at some of our most important gateways in Asia, the Americas and Europe with the aim of delivering the best experience for customers at each of these locations.” This includes Sao Paulo, where all five Oneworld members currently flying to the Brazilian mega-hub expect to co-locate all of their domestic, regional and international operations in the new Terminal 3A, which is slated to open in mid-2021. Also on that list would be Frankfurt, where the new Terminal 3 – expected to open in 2023 – will likely see a single Oneworld lounge shared by the ten alliance Oneworld airlines flying out of Frankfurt. David Flynn travelled to London as a guest of Qantas and Oneworld. https://www.ausbt.com.au/oneworld-to-open-its-own-network-of-airport-lounges?utm_source=hero Pergunta: porquê abrir um lounge OneWorld se GRU é Hub da Latam?
3-Feb-2019 10:09 PM oneworld confirmed (03-Feb-2019) Fiji Airways' entry as the first oneworld connect partner will be completed by the end of Mar-2019. The alliance also confirmed talks are ongoing with other airlines interested in signing up to the programme. Potential partners are based in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific https://centreforaviation.com/news/oneworld-confirms-fiji-airways-to-join-as-first-oneworld-connect-partner-by-end-of-mar-2019-876768