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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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