Qatar Airways will join the oneworld on 30 October 2013
Initially it was said that it will join 2014, but it seems that everything has been going well, and Qatar Airways will join the oneworld on 30 October 2013. Qatar Airways is the second airline in the Arab countries to sign a global alliance agreement with Royal Jordanian. The other major carriers in the Middle East - Etihad and Emirates - have not considered joining an alliance, but have reached major agreements with major operators. Emirates and Qantas have announced a global partnership and come into effect from April 2013. Etihad has agreements with AirBerlin, Air France-KLM, plus it has bought shares in several airlines, the most recent acquisition being Jat Airways (Air Serbia).
Throughout this accession process, British Airways is the sponsor and we could even say the mentor. Following a thorough analysis, Qatar Airways receives a green wave from the British operator, all about a year after the start of accession preparations. This accession will be the fastest in OneWorld history. Normally, air carriers need up to 18 months to deploy alliance services.
In addition, Qatar Airways will join the oneworld shortly before moving to its new "home", Hamad International Airport. It has been designed to withstand traffic of approximately 50 million passengers per year. Since the first flights, from October 30, Qatar Airways will offer the full range of OneWorld services and benefits.
With the addition of Qatar Airways, the OneWorld network will be expanded with 20 from destinations in five countries such as Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Serbia and Tanzania. In addition, Qatar Airways flies to 130 from destinations in 70 countries, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australia, offering a more flexible schedule.
The OneWorld airline grows and develops from year to year. At 1 October 2013, LAN Colombia will join the alliance as a affiliated LAN Airlines member, and at 2014 will join SriLankan Airlines and TAM Airlines. We expect US Airways to join OneWorld because of its merger with American Airlines.