Will Qatar Airways join the oneworld alliance?

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Several sources close to the oneworld alliance have announced that the operator Qatar Airways will join the oneworld and an agreement will be signed early next week. The desire to join will be made public at a press conference in New York. The oneworld alliance also includes American Airlines, British Airways and even Qantas.

The sources said the announcement will be made alongside IAG chief executive Willie Walsh, American Airlines CEO Tom Horton and oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby. So far, representatives of Qatar Airways and oneworld have refused to make statements. (via Reuters)

I will follow these rumors and analyze the situation of air alliances. If Qatar Airways joins the oneworld alliance, how will things evolve under the circumstances Emirates and Qantas have announced a global partnership starting April 2013?

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