LONDON – The board at global airline alliance company Oneworld has appointed Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to be its chairman for the next two years.

He will replace Finnair’s CEO Pekka Vauramo, who is leaving the airline to join Finland’s Metso Corporation as their new CEO. 

Joyce will oversee alliance governance and work closely with CEO Rob Gurney and the central alliance teams.

The Qantas CEO commented on this appointment to the board.

“As a founding member of oneworld, we are pleased the alliance has evolved over time to deliver greater value to more customers worldwide and expand its joint network.  

Joyce also commented on how oneworld is nearly at its 20th anniversary as well as thanking Vauramo for his work.

“I look forward to serving as Chairman of the Governing Board and working with our oneworld partner airlines as the alliance reaches the 20th anniversary of its launch.

On behalf of all of us at oneworld, I thank Pekka Vauramo for his leadership of the alliance and wish him all the best in his new endeavors.”

As board chairman, Joyce will coordinate with the CEOs of the member airlines in the alliance being:

  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

This list, alongside Qantas, serve more than 1,000 airports across 150 different countries offering 14,000 daily departures, carrying 550 million passengers annually from 3,500 aircraft.

oneworld also generates more than $130 billion in annual revenues and account for 20% of the entire global airline industry’s passenger carryings and revenues.

Overall, Joyce should be a significant appointment to the oneworld board. 

As someone who has helped deliver record profit alongside with high levels of customer satisfaction and employee engagement, he will no doubt continue to put oneworld in the positive direction that they strive for.