MIAMI – American carrier Alaska Airlines (AS) announced its intention to join the Oneworld alliance, comprised of 13 and soon to be 14 carriers, following the news of Royal Air Maroc joining the alliance in April 2020.
Oneworld is one of the largest airline alliances in the globe. It offers the best connection options for passengers traveling to and from the Americas region, a position which will only be strengthened when AS joins.
The move would see AS become the 15th member of the alliance. The carrier has for many years struggled to offer seamless connections throughout the west coast in contrast to the main international airlines and founding alliance member AS.
With this announcement, AS will soon offer one of the best west coast connection services, following their acquisition of Virgin American back in April 2016.
Oneworld said: “We are delighted with the announcement that Alaska Airline’s intents to join the alliance by summer 2021, and it plans to form a US west coast international alliance with oneworld founding member American Airlines”.
To complement this announcement, Oneworld also unveiled the new digital technology that has implemented over the last 12 months to enable a seamless travel experience across the board for customers of its member carriers.
In addition, the alliance announced plans to open the world’s first One World branded lounge at Moscow Domodedovo airport, something which competitor Star Alliance has seen through with great success.
It is clear that as we build up over the next years and a half towards Summer 2021 joining date, Oneworld will want to continue to work with AS as the carrier looks to expand their services in the region and continue to work on becoming the number one premium airline operating on the west coast.