TAM Airlines and US Airways today completed their transition to oneworld – marking the biggest single-day expansion of the world’s leading quality airline alliance since its launch 15 years ago.
Both newcomers started offering oneworld’s services and benefits from their first flights this morning, on leaving the Star alliance after their final departures yesterday.
The landmark addition of these airlines to oneworld is being celebrated at a ceremony today at TAM’s Sao Paulo hub, attended by the CEOs of the alliance’s established member airlines, during which TAM will show off the first of its aircraft painted in the oneworld livery.
TAM and US Airways significantly expand oneworld on many key measures:
What TAM brings to oneworld
What US Airways brings to oneworld
The 10 million members of TAM Fidelidade frequent flyer programme and 30 million cardholders in US Airways’ Dividend Miles loyalty scheme retain all points/miles earned and the move to oneworld has no impact on their tier status. They can now earn points/miles and tier status points and use them for flights on any oneworld member airline.
Also from today, the 140 million members of the established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programmes can earn and redeem awards and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits when flying on TAM and US Airways.
Both TAM’s and US Airways’ networks will from tomorrow be covered by oneworld’s range of alliance fares – the most extensive offered by any of the global alliances, including the market-leading oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare and its Visit South America and Visit North America passes.
oneworld Governing Board Chairman, and IAG Chief Executive, Willie Walsh said: “By adding TAM Airlines and US Airways, oneworld will consolidate its leading role within Latin America and on flights between the region and both the United States and Europe. We already have strong and long-standing relationships with the American Airlines and LATAM Airlines groups. These two new partners bring outstanding quality and scale to the alliance, further strengthening its position as the best option for frequent international travellers”
oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby added: “Welcoming on board TAM Airlines, the leading airline in Latin America’s biggest economy, and US Airways, one of the world’s 10 biggest airlines, today is a major milestone for oneworld. We believe it represents the biggest single day of growth yet for any global airline alliance, confirming oneworld’s position as the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated global airline alliance.”
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