Cheers again to oneworld, as best alliance for in-flight wine04 August 2010
Judges at another leading wine-tasting competition have raised their glasses to the oneworld® alliance and many of its member airlines.
oneworld is named the best alliance for wine in the 2010 Wines on the Wing survey published this month by US magazine Global Traveler - which confirms the findings of the Cellars in the Sky awards presented by the UK's Business Traveller in February this year.
Besides winning the "best alliance" title, oneworld's member airlines also flew high in the Global Traveler Wines on the Wing awards - just as they did in Business Traveller's Cellars in the Sky.
American Airlines took the toast as best North American airline for wines, as well as Best North American Red Wine and Best North American Sparking Wine.
American, British Airways, LAN and Mexicana were named among the top ten for Champagne and sparkling wine. American, BA and LAN were also in the top ten for white wines, while Iberia, American, LAN and Mexicana were in the top ten for reds.
Twenty six airlines submitted 46 white wines, 49 red wines, and 23 champagne or sparkling wines currently on their international Business Class and North American premium class wine lists for a blind taste test in the Wines on the Wing awards. The tasting was organised by Global Traveler's wine columnist and noted wine expert, Eunice Fried, using 30 independent judges who are noted wine-industry experts.
oneworld was named the World's Best Alliance in the 2010 World Airline Awards and has been voted the World's Leading Airline Alliance for the past seven years in the World Travel Awards. It is the only winner of this award since it was introduced in 2003.
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, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Russia's S7 Airlines will join the alliance in 2010 with India's Kingfisher Airlines also a member elect and Air Berlin now lining up to join.
Between them, these airlines:
- Serve almost 900 airports in nearly 150 countries, with some 9,500 daily departures.
- Offer more than 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
- Carry 340 million passengers a year.
- Operate a combined fleet of almost 2,500 aircraft.
- Generate around US$90 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.