oneworld voted World's Leading Alliance for ninth year running

16 January 2012

oneworld® has been named the World's Leading Airline Alliance 2011 in the World's Travel Awards - described by the Wall Street Journal as the "travel industry's equivalent of the Oscars".  It is the ninth year running that oneworld has won this honour.

It means that oneworld now holds three of the leading international awards for global airline alliances.  In December, it was voted the Best Airline Alliance for the second year running in leading business travel magazine Global Traveler's GT Tested Reader Survey 2011 Awards.  Later last month, oneworld was honoured as Best Airline Alliance 2011 in the debut awards presented by influential website Australian Business Traveller.

oneworld member airlines also flew high in the 2011 World Travel Awards, with Cathay Pacific taking the prize for the World's Leading Economy Class, British Airways for the World's Leading First Class Lounge, American Airlines for the World's Leading Travel Website and member elect Malaysia Airlines for the World's Leading Airline to Asia.

oneworld Vice-President Michael Blunt said: "oneworld aims to be the first choice alliance of frequent global travellers the world over - so we are thrilled to have been judged the best in three of the five leading international awards in the past year.  We will continue to work hard on behalf of our customers into the future."

The World Travel Awards 2011 were presented at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, based on votes cast by more than 200.000 travel agents and other travel professionals in 160 countries worldwide. 

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About oneworld

oneworld is the world's premier global airline alliance.  It brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru.  India's Kingfisher Airlines will join in 10 February 2012 with airberlin following soon afterwards and Malaysia Airlines later in 2012.  Mexicana is an inactive member.  Between them, these airlines:

  • Serve more than 850 airports in nearly 150 countries, with more than 10.000 daily departures.
  • Offer more than 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
  • Carry almost a million passengers a day on a combined fleet of more than 2.500 aircraft.
  • Generate more than US$ 100 billion annual revenues in total.

oneworld enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own.  These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges.   oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors.