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Qatar Airways to join oneworld alliance

Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways said it will become a full member of the oneworld airline alliance with effect from October 30 2013

From that date, Qatar Airways said it will offer oneworld´s full range of services and benefits. This means that members of the established oneworld airlines´ frequent flyer programmes, will be able to earn and redeem awards and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits, including lounge access, on Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways becomes the 13th full member of the oneworld, joining brands from each global region airberlin, American Airlines (OTC: AAMRQ), British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines (NYSE: LFL), Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and some 30 affiliated airlines.

More than 20 of the Gulf carrier´s destinations and five countries Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Serbia and Tanzania will be new to the oneworld map.

The alliance said it is in the midst of its biggest expansion in its history, with the addition of Malaysia Airlines earlier this year and the pending arrival of SriLankan Airlines next year. Brazil´s TAM (NYSE: TAM) is also set to join, as well as other members of the LATAM group not already in oneworld.

In addition, US Airways (NYSE: LCC) proposes to switch from Star to oneworld as part of its planned merger with American Airlines, subject to necessary approvals.

With Qatar Airways and the other airlines lining up to join, oneworld will serve almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries with 14,000 daily departures, carrying 480 m passengers a year on a combined fleet of almost 3,500 aircraft, all the while generating some USD 140bn in annual revenues.

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