Qatar to join Oneworld? Tipsters say yes, Qatar says no...

By David Flynn, October 1 2012

UPDATE | Qatar Airways will join the Oneworld airline alliance in 2014, despite last week's denials by the Gulf carrier's CEO Akbar Al Baker. Full details here.
 
PREVIOUS | Rumours are rife that Qatar Airways will sign up to the Oneworld alliance, but the middle-eastern airline is singing a contrary tune.

Oneworld is reported to be holding a media event in New York next Monday, October 8, to announce a "significant membership development", according to FlightGlobal.

The CEOs of American Airlines and British Airways patent International Airlines Group will be attending, and suggestions are that one or even both both airlines would sponsor Qatar into the alliance (fulfilling the same role that Qantas has with Malaysia Airlines, with MAS now due to join Oneworld in early 2013).

However, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker today denied those reports, says Reuters.

Asked if the Gulf carrier planned to join Oneworld, he replied “No, we will not. It’s all rumours."

Naturally, Australian Business Traveller will keep tracking this story and report the latest developments as they come to hand.

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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.

mrp

mrp

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Apr 2011

Total posts 21

That would put the Qantas/Emirates deal in an "interesting" position.

PeterLoh

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 580

I think it'd affect the airberlin/Etihad partnership to a greater extent given that Etihad owns part of airberlin and their relationship is already quite mature.

In terms of the Qantas/Emirates alliance, Qantas & Qatar would essentially have a hands-off relationship... I doubt we'll see any codeshares between the two carriers, just the ability to earn and burn.

driley28

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 May 2012

Total posts 371

Seeing Qatar are denying this what are the other options for admission to Oneworld or leaving Oneworld?  Is AA leaving or suspending its membership due to its financial position?

 

AlG

AlG

04 Nov 2010

Total posts 674

Well I think we can rule out Air India and Kingfisher! :P

mrp

mrp

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Apr 2011

Total posts 21

It might be TAM joining One World as a result of their merge with LAN. Part of that agreement required TAM and LAN to choose one alliance.

driley28

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 May 2012

Total posts 371

Agree, Kingfisher will never be a part of Oneworld! 

driley28

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 May 2012

Total posts 371

I read LATAM will be making a decision in the first half of next year.

woganfan

woganfan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

Total posts 182

Given Qatar saying no to this, I have a suspicion that IAG & AA will announce a merger. AA are in dire straits and IAG have always been on the prowl for merger and takeover targets, QF were on their shopping list until quite recently. It would benefit all involved if they could rationalise trans Atlantic services.


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