4 FEBRUARY 2019
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In a remarkable turnout, oneworld chief executives came to Landing 42 in the heart of the City of London last Friday (1 February) to celebrate 20 years of the worldwide 14-airline alliance. Hosting the event was Rob Gurney, CEO since August 2016 following a career spanning British Airways, Qantas and Emirates.
For the formal presentation two key announcements were made.
A new oneworld digital platform that will, as it is progressively rolled out, introduce seamless connectivity for customers flying on multi-sector, multi-airline journeys, via the convenience of their preferred member airline’s mobile app or website – without having to download any additional app or enter more log-in credentials.
An increased level of alliance co-location projects at a number of key airports around the world – with plans to unveil the first oneworld branded, developed and managed lounge later this year.
For the question-and-answer session, Willie Walsh, not an airline chief but the CEO of a holding company, dealt with questions concerning British Airways' A380 orders, indicating that while the airline was pleased with its 12-strong Rolls-Royce-powered fleet any extra aircraft would need to come at a substantial discount. This follows industry rumours regarding Emirates cancellations. Level was OK, he said, and Aer Lingus could rejoin oneworld, perhaps as a 'Connect' partner member.
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