oneworld steps up its partnership with ACTE

27 October 2016

oneworld®, the leading global airline alliance, is stepping up its partnership with the Association of Global Travel Executives (ACTE), the body for professional corporate travel managers and travel service providers worldwide, by becoming its first exclusive top-level Global Access Partner from the airline industry.

The increase in oneworld’s support for ACTE was announced on the opening day of the association’s international travel summit, in Amsterdam, today. 

ACTE has members in more than 100 countries, representing 12 million business travellers around the world.  Its mission is to create meaningful dialogue through education, advocacy and research for the global corporate travel community.

For the past two years, oneworld has supported ACTE as a second-tier Chairman’s Circle partner.  Now, as one of ACTE’s three top-level Global Access Partners, each drawn from different sectors of the travel industry, oneworld and its stable of market-leading airlines from around the world will work more closely with the association in wider areas of its activities.

This will also see oneworld prominently featuring in ACTE’s three biggest global conferences in 2017, all of which take place in key oneworld hubs:

  • New York, 23-25 April.
  • Tokyo, 15-16 August.
  • London, in the autumn.

oneworld Director of Sales José María Alvarado said: “oneworld aims to be the first choice airline alliance for frequent international business travellers – who are just the people that ACTE is in business to represent.  So oneworld is honoured and delighted to be building on the successful partnership we have developed with ACTE to become its first top-level Global Access Partner from the airline industry.”

ACTE’s Executive Director Greeley Koch added: “This is the perfect event and setting to make this announcement  Never before have so many top business travel managers and airline industry heads come together under one roof.  It is fitting that ACTE and oneworld have started working together, here, at the highest level, to drive change, innovation, and progress on a global scale. These additional resources guarantee an especially energized and ambitious program from ACTE in 2017.  I welcome oneworld to ACTE’s global sphere of influence.” 

About oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.  They include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.  As part of oneworld, these airlines:

  • Serve a thousand airports in 150 plus countries, with 14 000 daily departures.
  • Carry some 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3 500 aircraft.
  • Generate US$ 130 billion annual revenues.

oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network.  Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 650 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances. The most regular travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.

oneworld is the world’s most highly prized global airline group, with more “best alliance” awards than its competitors combined, including currently:

  • FlightStats’ On-Time Performance Award 2015 for the third time running.
  • Business Traveller’s 2015 Best Airline Alliance, also for the third year running.
  • World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Airline Alliance 2015, for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Global Traveler magazine’s 2015 GT Tested Reader Survey Award – for the sixth year in a row.
  • Premier Traveler’s Best of 2015 Awards – for the third year running.
  • Business Traveler North America’s 2015 Best in Business Travel Awards.

About ACTE

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has a 29-year reputation for pioneering educational and technological advances that make business travel productive, cost-effective and straightforward.  ACTE initiatives drive change in corporate KPIs, technology, and travel policy philosophy, all while improving conditions for business travellers and increasing corporate revenue.