US Airways to join oneworld on 31 March 2014

09 dezembro 2013

US Airways will join oneworld® with effect from 31 March 2014, following completion today of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines.  Na mesma data, todos os seus membros afiliados regionais operando sob a marca US Airways Express também integrarão a oneworld.

 
Sua entrada na oneworld, em vigor a partir de seu primeiro voo em 31 de março de 2014, ocorrerá imediatamente após sua saída da Star Alliance, onde fará seu último voo em 30 de março de 2014.  Todas as partes estão aplicando todos os seus esforços para garantir que a transição entre alianças seja a mais tranquila possível para os clientes.
 
Até a total integração da American Airlines e da US Airways – que se transformarão em uma única companhia aérea sob o nome American Airlines – a US Airways e suas empresas aéreas regionais operarão como membros afiliados da oneworld sob a bandeira da American.
 
Elas oferecerão toda a gama de serviços e benefícios da oneworld – embora alguns serviços e benefícios possam ser introduzidos por fases logo após a integração da US Airways.  A US Airways, a American e seus parceiros oneworld estão trabalhando com o objetivo de fornecer os serviços e benefícios mais populares o quanto antes.
 
Um cuidadoso plano de comunicação está sendo desenvolvido para informar aos clientes sobre todos os benefícios e privilégios que eles receberão quando a US Airways se tornar membro da oneworld, e quando esses benefícios estarão disponíveis.
 
Durante o período de transição, até sua total integração, a American e a US Airways manterão seus programas de fidelidade atuais.   
 
US Airways underlined today that all its Dividend Miles cardholders will maintain all miles earned and their tier status.  Dividend Miles Preferred members will be sent new membership cards with the oneworld logo, for use from 31 March.
 
Dividend Miles Chairman cardholders will have the top Emerald status in the oneworld programme.  Dividend Miles Platinum and Gold will be equivalent to oneworld Sapphire and Dividend Miles Silver will be oneworld Ruby.
 
From 31 March, Dividend Miles Chairman, Platinum and Gold members will be able to access some 600 airport lounges worldwide offered by oneworld member airlines when they fly with one of the alliance's carriers.  As oneworld Emeralds, Dividend Miles Chairman cardholders will be able to use First Class lounges, where available – and receive an additional baggage allowance and access fast tracks through departure security at select airports.
 
All Dividend Miles members will be able to earn mileage and status points when flying on any oneworld member airline from 31 March, but the ability to redeem mileage rewards for flights on other  oneworld airlines may be phased in shortly afterwards.  
 
The 140 million members of established oneworld airlines' frequent flyer programmes will also receive alliance services and benefits when flying on US Airways from 31 March.  From day one, this will include the ability to earn mileage and tier status points and, for Emerald and Sapphire cardholders, to access US Airways' lounges when flying on oneworld departures, although the ability to redeem rewards for flights on US Airways, may be phased in shortly afterwards..  
 
As it becomes part of the group on 31 March 2014, US Airways' network will be covered by oneworld's range of alliance fares – the most extensive offered by any of the global alliances.  
 
Por si só, a US Airways é a quinta maior companhia aérea dos EUA e uma das 30 maiores do mundo.  Juntamente com seus afiliados regionais, ela atende 200 destinos e 30 países com uma frota de mais de 625 aeronaves.  Em 2012, transportou 82,5 milhões de passageiros, e atualmente opera 3.200 voos por dia.
 
Ela adicionará 60 destinos ao mapa da oneworld, a maioria nos EUA, mas também três no Canadá e um no México, além de suas centrais de conexões em Charlotte, Filadélfia, Phoenix e no Aeroporto Reagan, em Washington DC, expandindo a presença da oneworld nos EUA, principalmente na costa leste e no Atlântico Norte. 
 
Sua fusão com a American Airlines dá origem à maior companhia aérea do mundo na maioria dos sentidos, proporcionando à oneworld a posição de principal aliança dos EUA, o maior mercado de viagens aéreas do mundo.  A nova American oferecerá seus serviços para mais de 330 destinos em mais de 50 países, e transportará 190 milhões de passageiros por ano com uma frota de 1.500 aeronaves.
 
The addition of US Airways represents the latest landmark in oneworld's biggest membership expansion yet.  Other elements elsewhere in the world include:
  • The addition of Malaysia Airlines, one of the industry's most frequent award winners, on 1 February, further strengthening oneworld's position in South East Asia, one of the fastest growing regions for air travel demand.
  • The induction on 1 October 2013 of LAN Colombia, the second largest airline in South America's second biggest economy, the final part of the LAN group to join oneworld.
  • The introduction on 30 October 2013 of Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing and most highly rated airlines in the world and the only one of the big Gulf carriers to join any global alliance, making oneworld the leading alliance in the Middle East.
  • The forthcoming transition to oneworld by TAM, the leading airline in Latin America's leading economy, Brazil, with its Paraguayan affiliate to be added soon afterwards.   This will complete the consolidation in oneworld of all the passenger carriers in LATAM Airlines Group, the region's leading airline group, building on oneworld's position as the leading global airline alliance serving Latin America.
  • The introduction early next year of SriLankan Airlines, as the first airline from the Indian subcontinent to join any global alliance, which, with Qatar Airways, will make oneworld the leading alliance in the region.
With the addition of these airlines, the oneworld network will expand to almost a thousand destinations in more than 150 countries, served by 14,250 daily departures - equivalent to a oneworld flight taking off or landing every three seconds around the clock – carrying 475 million passengers last year and generating annual revenues of US$ 140 billion. 
 
American Airlines' CEO Doug Parker said: "As we work toward creating the new American, network strength and breadth are essential components in building what will be world's greatest airline. We look forward to providing our customers with access to key points all around the world via oneworld. Adding US Airways to the roster of oneworld member airlines is a significant step we will take as we combine the two carriers to create the new American."
 
American Airlines' Chairman Tom Horton – who also serves as Chairman of oneworld – said: "The oneworld alliance was formed with one goal in mind: to create the finest customer experience for frequent international travelers. That remains our focus today, as the alliance welcomes another great airline into the fold. The addition of US Airways will significantly strengthen the alliance's presence in the US and provide US Airways customers access to a truly global network."
 
oneworld's CEO Bruce Ashby said: "The addition of US Airways to oneworld represents a significant milestone in our journey to establish oneworld as the first choice airline alliance for frequent international travellers the world over.  We look forward to welcoming US Airways, its customers and employees on board the world's premier global airline alliance with effect from 31 March next year."
 
Sobre a oneworld 
 
oneworld is an alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.  These include leading brands from each global region.  Besides American, they feature LAN from South America; airberlin, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Russia's S7 Airlines from Europe; Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian, from the Middle East; Asia-Pacific's Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qantas; and some 30 affiliated airlines.   Besides US Airways, Brazil's TAM and SriLankan Airlines are also lining up to join early next year.
 
As companhias aéreas membro da oneworld trabalham em conjunto para oferecer constantemente uma experiência de viagem única e superior, com privilégios especiais e prêmios para passageiros frequentes, inclusive ganhar e resgatar milhas e pontos em toda a rede da aliança. Os titulares de cartão de status elite (Emerald e Sapphire) desfrutam acesso a 600 salas VIP. Os passageiros mais regulares (Emerald) podem também utilizar a passagem rápida na inspeção de segurança em aeroportos selecionados e limites de bagagem adicionais.
 
oneworld is currently the holder of an unprecedented seven leading international awards for airline alliances – more than any other airline alliance has held before.  It was named World's Best Airline Alliance in the 2013 World Airline Awards by the independent Skytrax airline quality ratings agency, the Best Airline Alliance by Global Traveler in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2013 Awards for the fourth year running, the World's Leading Airline Alliance in the 2013 World Travel Awards for the 11th year running, Business Traveller's Best Airline Alliance 2013, Premier Traveler's Best Airline Alliance 2013, Australian Business Traveller Best Airline Alliance in 2012 for the second year running, and FlightStats Airline Alliance On-Time Performance 2012 winner, believed to have been the first time a punctuality award has been presented to any airline alliance