oneworld wins two more ‘best airline alliance’ awards

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oneworld has collected two more ‘best airline alliance’ awards – it was named the ‘World’s Leading Airline Alliance’ in the World Travel Awards for the 10th year running and retained the ‘Best Airline Alliance’ title in the second annual awards presented by Australian Business Traveller.

After last week collecting the ‘Best Airline Alliance’ awards for the third year running by Global Traveller in the leading business travel magazine’s GT Tested Reader Survey 2012 Awards, it means that oneworld has retained all three of these leading ‘best alliance’ accolades.

It also holds both alliance awards for the quality of wines served by member airlines – Global Traveller’s Wines on the Wing and Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky.

The World Travel Awards have been described by the Wall Street Journal as the “Oscars of the travel industry”. With this year’s success, oneworld now has retained number one spot as its ‘leading airline alliance’ for a full decade.

Among the individual airline winners, American Airlines was named the ‘World’s Leading Airline to North America’ and also ‘North America’s Leading Airline,’ while LAN was honoured as ‘South America’s Leading Airline’.

Australian Business Traveller presented its debut industry awards in 2011. oneworld was named its best airline alliance then – a title it retained in its 2012 honours.

The judges said: “oneworld partner airlines can take you almost everywhere a business traveller needs to go – a selection now bolstered through the inclusion of airberlin, with Malaysia Airlines and Qatar to follow. It’s easy to rack up oneworld frequent flyer points and status – and that status counts for plenty, with the oneworld Emerald tier opening the doors at some stunning First Class lounges even if you’re flying Economy.”

In the individual airline categories, British Airways and Qantas were judged first equal for Best International First Class Seats, while Qantas was honoured also for Best International Premium Economy and Best Australian Lounges. Cathay Pacific took prizes for Best International Business Class and Best International Lounges.

oneworld aims to be the first choice airline alliance for the world’s frequent international travellers. It brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and around 30 affiliates. Malaysia Airlines is on track to join on 1 February 2013, followed later by SriLankan Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Between them, oneworld’s active member airlines and members elect:

Serve some 860 airports in almost 160 countries, with more than 9,300 daily departures.

Offer some 550 airport lounges for premium customers.

Carry almost a million passengers a day on a combined fleet of more than 2,500 aircraft.

Generate nearly US$ 120 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 one of the most extensive ranges of alliance fares.