Isabelle Gannoun named oneworld Market Development Manager for France and BeNeLux15 May 2007
oneworld® has named Isabelle Gannoun as its new Market Development Manager for France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
She was previously with American Airlines, one of oneworld's founding member airlines. She succeeds Ivan Figueroa who is returning to his previous position within the International Sales Department of Iberia, another member of the oneworld alliance.
In her new role, Isabelle Gannoun will be based in Paris, at American Airlines' French headquarters, and will be directly reporting to Filip Lemmens, oneworld's Commercial Director, based at the alliance's head office in Vancouver.
oneworld completed the biggest expansion in its history on 1 April with Japan Airlines, Malév Hungarian Airlines and Royal Jordanian all now offering the alliance's services and benefits as full members.
Seven other airlines have joined at the same time as affiliate members - LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador and JAL associates JALways, Japan Asia Airways, JAL Express, J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air.
Their addition has expanded oneworld substantially, to:
- Almost 700 airports, around a hundred more than now.
- Nearly 150 countries.
- 9,000 daily departures, a thousand more than today.
- Around 315 million passengers, 65 million more than at present.
- 265,000 employees.
- Almost 2,500 aircraft.
- Nearly US$90 billion annual revenues, up by a third.
Together, the oneworld carriers now constitute an excellent alternative to the offer of the national carriers in France as well as on the Belgian and Dutch markets in terms of international travel.
France is considered by the alliance as a key country. France is one of the few European countries - including the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland - where oneworld is offering its businessflyer program, allowing SMEs to take advantage of substantial discounts on air travel in return for a more regular relationship with the alliance and its airlines.
France is serviced by eight of the ten oneworld carriers - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, JAL, Malév and Royal Jordanian.
Isabelle Gannoun joined American Airlines in 1985 and was previously Leisure Sales Representative within American Airlines's Leisure Sales Department on the French market. Before that, she was the Sales Support Manager for the US carrier in France.
She also worked as a Sales and Marketing Assistant for American's GSA in France, from 1988 to 1991, as well as for Sabre from 1986 to 1988, further to an initial experience at the Méridien Hotel at Porte Maillot, in Paris.
Fluent in French and English, of French nationality, Isabelle Gannoun was born and raised in Bermuda. She graduated from Ecole Tunon in Paris with a degree in Tourism.
oneworld enables its member airlines 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.
It is the only alliance whose members collectively achieved a profit in their latest full financial years, and was voted the World's Leading Airline Alliance for the fourth year running in the 2006 World Travel Awards, based on votes cast by some 170,000 travel professionals, including more than 110,000 travel agents in 200 countries.