Qatar joins One World

To no one’s surprise, One World announced today that British Airways will sponsor Qatar  Airways as a full member of the Alliance, a process that is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.

This news is an interesting addition to the One World.

The 13 airline strong alliance will count amongst its membership three five star airlines (as measured by Skytrax) : Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar compared to Star Alliance’s two: Asiana and Singapore.

One World lost two members when  Malev collapsed in 2012 and Mexicana was grounded in 2011.  Kingfisher, a would be One World members has had significant financial woes – to the extent that Kingfisher’s is unlikely to gain membership.  Founding member American Airlines has been in bankruptcy, Qantas has lost money and Japan Airlines has just emerged from bankruptcy.

With the news from Etihad of their deal with Air France-KLM, it will be interesting to see what Emirates does next and what this announcement does for the Emirates-Qantas partnership.

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  1. I think you meant Asiana Airlines, not Asian Airlines?

    A digression (sorry!): is Asiana, Hainan, Malaysia really better than Etihad or Emirates, for any cabin? Or for that matter, Jetblue (does Skytrax include domestic airlines?).

  2. I have to confess I have never flown Asiana, Hainan or Malaysia. Emirates is my favourite airline. Yes Skytrax includes Jetblue. They rate them at the 52nd best airline in the world. Having flown the three, Emirates and Etihad are better than Jetblue. PS Thanks for noticing- autocorrect spelling. I have fixed it.

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