Aer Lingus to Leave oneworld

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  1. DPG

    DPG Member

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    Just received an email from oneworld. EI will be leaving oneworld.


    30 May 2006​



    Aer Lingus has confirmed to its oneworldTM partners that it intends to leave the alliance but retain bilateral links with a number of the grouping's key member airlines.​

    The timing and terms for its withdrawal will be considered at the next meeting of the alliance's Governing Board, but it is likely to be in early 2007, as the three new recruits lining up to join oneworld board the alliance in its biggest expansion to date - Japan Airlines, the largest airline in the Asia-Pacific region; Malev Hungarian and Royal Jordanian.​

    Aer Lingus' strategy has changed fundamentally since it joined the alliance six years ago and is no longer convergent with oneworld's. The alliance's key target market is the multi-sector, premium, frequent international traveller, while Aer Lingus has repositioned itself as a low fares point-to-point carrier.​

    The departure of Aer Lingus - currently the smallest airline in oneworld, with 13,765 million of the total 761,794 million available seat kilometres capacity offered in 2005 by its existing members - will come as alliance's three recruits increase its capacity by more than 20 per cent. Talks are progressing between oneworld and other airlines interested in joining.​

    Aer Lingus is in discussions with various oneworld members with the aim of retaining strong bilateral links with them, and its intention is to conclude these agreements before its leaves oneworld. ​

    It has confirmed that it has no intention of joining another global alliance and that its key bilateral relationships will remain with oneworld members.​

    Ireland will remain part of the oneworld network through services operated by the alliance's other member airlines.​

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  2. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    This has been rumoured for quite a while.

    I'm not sad to see them go really. A good airline, but I never was able to earn any FF points on their flights (always super discount econ), the dropped J class for domestic flights ages ago, and I didn't think their lounges were any chop (especially the shocking one at Heathrow).

    Will make certain flights to Ireland harder as part of a DONEx ticket though.
     
  3. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

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    Good riddance!
     
  4. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    SNN-DUB or DUB-LHR was a good run for any OW promos requiring flights on multiple airlines.

    Since BA is unlikely to start up LHR-DUB service those travelling to/from Ireland and asia/pacific now have a cross London connection :(
     
  5. tanewi

    tanewi Intern

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    What a cunning act!
     
  6. tanewi

    tanewi Intern

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    Re: Aer Lingus to Leave oneworld

    JohnK, think about it..... cunning huh?
     
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