oneworld is best airline alliance, says top business travel website
oneworld® has been named Best Airline Alliance by a leading independent business travel news website.
It is the first time Australian Business Traveller has presented awards - and believed to be the first such award presented by any organisation based in the southern hemisphere.
Earlier this month oneworld received the Best Airline Alliance for the second year running from US-based Global Traveler in the leading business travel magazine's GT Tested Reader Survey 2011 Awards.
oneworld is also current holder of the World Travel Awards' World's Leading Airline Alliance title, retaining that award for the eighth year running.
This means that oneworld now holds three of the top five awards presented internationally to airline alliances.
Australian Business Traveller's judging panel said: "Overseas-bound business travellers appreciate the value of an international alliance, and for Australians oneworld remains the clear winner.
"In addition to founding member Qantas, oneworld has four member airlines in Aussie skies - British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and LAN - each with prime business destinations as their home turf, and Malaysia Airlines lined up for entry in the latter half of 2012.
"Add American Airlines and Finnair into the mix, with airberlin and India's Kingfisher joining in early next year, stir in some of the world's best airport lounges, and oneworld's appeal to the business traveller is undeniable."
oneworld's individual member airlines also flew high in Australian Business Traveller's awards, announced today.
Qantas was named its best airline and took top honours for both international and domestic lounges while British Airways took the trophy for best international First Class seat.
The judges comprised an independent panel of 12 business travellers and frequent flyers along with the website's editorial team.
For full details, see www.ausbt.com.au
oneworld is the world's premier global airline alliance. It brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. India's Kingfisher Airlines will join in 10 February 2012 with airberlin following soon afterwards and Malaysia Airlines later in 2012. Mexicana is an inactive member. Between them, these airlines:
- Serve more than 850 airports in nearly 150 countries, with more than 10,000 daily departures.
- Offer more than 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
- Carry almost a million passengers a day on a combined fleet of more than 2,500 aircraft.
- Generate more than US$ 100 billion annual revenues in total.
oneworld 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.