5 APRIL 2021
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Oneworld has a 14th full member – Alaska Air. The airline had received a formal invitation to join the global alliance in July 2020.
As part of oneworld, Alaska Airlines will be able to strengthen its global network to cover as many as 1,000 destinations across more than 170 countries and territories. With this membership, the carrier will add seven new airline partners and enhance its existing partnerships with six oneworld members.
With British Airways the main connecting point, Seattle is where Alaska has a highly visible presence.
As with the inauguration of Royal Air Maroc into the alliance last year, the Covid-19 pandemic meant celebrations were limited to a virtual media event, during which Alaska Airlines’ CEO Ben Minicucci said that the carrier was joining “a family of the best airlines in the world”.
“Being a part of the alliance allows us to provide fantastic global connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings for our guests,” said Minicucci. “This alliance transforms Alaska into a truly global airline, connecting our strong West Coast network and destinations across North America with the worldwide reach of our oneworld partners.”
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