Frequent travellers vote oneworld best airline alliance again

13 September 2005

oneworld has been named the world's Best Airline Alliance for the second year running in a poll of some of the world's most frequent flyers.

It received its latest honour in the 2005 Business Traveller Awards. It is the fourth time the magazine has presented the award - and the third time it has been won by oneworld.

oneworld was also named the World's Leading Airline Alliance for the second year running in the most recent World Travel Awards, which is based on votes cast by 80 000 travel agencies professionalsfrom more than 200 countries.

The Business Traveller award was presented today by Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, at a ceremony in London attended by hundreds of senior travel professionals.

oneworld Vice-President Corporate Affairs Michael Blunt, who received the trophy on behalf of the alliance, said: "This is a great vote of confidence in oneworld from some of the most discerning, demanding and knowledgable travellers in the world. It reflects the quality of our airline members and our efforts to deliver alliance customer service better than any one else."

oneworld- whose members comprise American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific Airways, Iberia, LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus with 12 of their affiliates - is the only alliance enabling customers to fly across its route network with electronic tickets only. It offers a wide choice of alliance fares than any of its competitors and recently became the first grouping to accept bookings through its alliance website, currently only for its businessflyer customers in Germany. It is also the only alliances whose members are currently collectively profitable.

oneworld's member airlines themselves took twice as many trophies at the Business Traveller Awards as carriers in other alliances combined, with British Airways named best airline overall, best shorthaul airline, best frequent flyer programme, best first class, business class and economy class. American Airlines took the prize as best airline in North America.

The magazine presents its trophies based on the findings of its annual poll of its readers, who include some of the most widely traveled passengers around the world. This is the only travel survey conducted by a UK-based publication which is independent, authoritative and which complies with the rules laid out by the Market Research Society.