Qantas to gain new partner as Aer Lingus rejoins Oneworld

By David Flynn, July 13 2015
Qantas to gain new partner as Aer Lingus rejoins Oneworld

Qantas stands to gain a new global partner airline as Aer Lingus rejoins Oneworld following BA's take-over of the Irish national carrier.

The £1bn (A$2bn) buy-out by British Airways' parent International Airlines Group has received the approval of the Irish parliament as well as Ryanair, which holds a 29.8% stake in Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus would rejoin Oneworld under the BA take-over. Fergal Goodman
Aer Lingus would rejoin Oneworld under the BA take-over
Fergal Goodman

IAG chief Willie Walsh has confirmed that under his watch Aer Lingus would rejoin the Oneworld airline alliance.

Aer Lingus signed up to Oneworld airline alliance in 1999 but left in 2007 as part of a strategic shift away from the premium market to become a low-cost airline.

The airline has since reversed course, to the extent that it's signed up for nine Airbus A350s which from 2018 will fly with 42 business class and 223 economy class seats. 

Earlier this year Aer Lingus also upgraded the business class experience for its flights between Dublin and the USA.

The seats convert into a fully flat bed and offer direct aisle access to most passengers.

There's also AC and USB power outlets at each seat, free wi-fi and an improved meal service with matching wines.

For more on the new seats and service, take the virtual tour below: 

Qantas currently allows its frequent flyer members to earn points (but not status credits) on Aer Lingus flights with an EI flight number.

Ironically, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce began his career at Aer Lingus working in areas including research, fleet and network planning and IT.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Thanks for the update David!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2011

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The prodigal son returns!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

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hopefully earning rates will be more akin to IB than BA

Qantas Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 May 2015

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I'm goung to LAX at the end of the year, how do you join Oneworld alliance? Thx

 

12 Dec 2012

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Airlines join the alliance, travellers don't.

Travellers join the frequeant flyer program of one of the member airlines.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

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Or you can buy/start up your own airline and apply to join Oneworld......hmmm......just a thought LOL! Happy Friday!

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

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LAUGH... Here is that saucer of milk you ordered sir

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

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Any news on when they will offically join OW? I've got some EI flights in Sep and was hoping to get SCs to my QFF.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2012

Total posts 196

It is proposed that no SCs will be earned on EI flights, just a measly number of miles.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 318

No, that's the current system. Things should change once EI have rejoined the fold. Hence jianga's question about joining date.

12 Dec 2012

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When EI was part of oneworld before, they earnt QFF SCs. When EI left the alliance, QF chose to keep a level of partnership, just below that required of oneworld members. So EI became a QF partner on the same level at LY, AS or 9W.

Once EI again joins oneworld, they will be subject to the oneworld agreement again and thus SC will be earnt.

QFF

19 Sep 2013

Total posts 164

Have recently booked some EI flights and the online bookings include an area to enter your QFF number. So I presume that SCs would automatically be added when their OW affiliation restarts. As a side issue, it's cheaper to fly to the U.S. And Canada out of Dublin that from the UK, even though the flights go through UK or Europe.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2012

Total posts 196

If you are referring to the taxes out of LHR, then yes, they are the highest in the world for long-haul flights. On the other hand, the taxes for short-haul in Europe ( LHR-DUB for example) are not unreasonable. Note that the hefty taxes apply to OUTWARD flights from LHR (and other British airports), not arrivals. FYI, Paris-CDG is almost as expensive as British departures.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

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"Ironically, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce began his career at Aer Lingus"

I think you mean coincidentally, not ironically!


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