Canadian Airlines was a founding member of oneworld, along with American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas. Canadian announced late last year that it would withdraw from oneworld after it was purchased by Air Canada.
Since its launch in February 1999, Finnair and Iberia have joined, and LanChile and Aer Lingus will begin offering oneworld customer services and benefits in mid-2000.
These include linked frequent flyer programmes and benefits, reciprocal access to airport clubs and lounges, priority boarding and recognition for top-tier frequent flyers, and global customer service, check-in and reservations services.
The oneworld airlines serve more than 650 destinations around the world, and oneworld will continue to provide service to seven Canadian cities with 64 daily flights. Underscoring its commitment to Canada, oneworld also recently announced the creation of a management office that will be housed in Vancouver.
`Canada will continue to play an important part in oneworld`s network,` said Don Carty, chief executive of American Airlines and the chairman of the oneworld governing board. Canadian played an important role in the launch of oneworld, and while we regret their departure, we remain focused on providing enhanced benefits and services to our passengers so that we are recognized as the world`s premier airline network.
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