With this new platform, travelers can enjoy more services and benefits across an even more extensive global network.
Premier airline alliance Oneworld has unveiled a new platform called Oneworld connect, which is a new way for various airlines to link up with it.
For travelers, this means more services and benefits across an even more extensive global network.
Along with the launch, Oneworld has also announced that Fiji Airways is set to be the first carrier to join them under a new scheme, with the date to be revealed at a later time.
In short, this new initiative allows the alliance to partner airlines that serve regions not fully covered by the allianceâ€™s existing members, but that also donâ€™t necessarily meet the conditions required for full membership.
Oneworld CEO, Rob Gurney elaborates: â€śOneworldâ€™s current network of more than 1,000 destinations in 150 plus territories offers far-reaching global coverage, but there are still some regions where we would like to strengthen our presence further.â€ť
â€śWith fewer potential new candidates available to recruit based on our established membership criteria, Oneworld Connect enables us to link up with other airlines whose networks are relevant to a subset of our members, who cannot meet Oneworldâ€™s full membership requirements at this stage or who are not interested in full membership at present.â€ť
Upon welcoming Fiji Airways as a Oneworld Connect Partner, the airline alliance will see seven new destinations added to its network, namely Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Samoa.
As such, travelers can enjoy a number of alliance perks when flying with these new partners. Those flying with Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status in existing Oneworld airlinesâ€™ frequent-flyer programs, will then be able to enjoy priority check-in desks, whereas Emerald and Sapphire members will get priority boarding.
To join Oneworld Connect, an airline is required to attain sponsorship from at least three full Oneworld members. For instance, Fiji Airways was sponsored by American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas.
Other benefits offered include earning and redeeming of miles and status points, as well as select lounge access. These will only be available between Oneworld connect partners and their Oneworld sponsor airlines, and travelers have to be existing members of the frequent flyer programs of these airlines to enjoy the benefits.
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