The oneworld airline alliance held a press conference in New York City on December 5 to announce its new additions. The alliance welcomed Royal Air Maroc as its newest full member and Fiji Airways as its first connect partner. The new agreements will provide additional benefits to both parties and the passengers using the airlines.
Royal Air Maroc is the first African airline to join the alliance as a full member since Southern Africa’s Comair joined only an affiliate member in 1999. Morocco’s national carrier shall be fully functional as a oneworld airline as of mid-2020 and its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will also join the alliance.
The African company and its passengers will be able to benefit from loyalty programs, better fares, improved technology information systems and access to more destinations, including many routes into the USA.
This announcement marks the first new member for oneworld since 2012 and once it is implemented it will mean over 1,000 destinations over 187 territories for the alliance members.
Alongside Royal Air Maroc, the oneworld alliance also welcomed Fiji Airways as its first connect partner. Basically, this membership platform means more benefits for passengers using oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer program.
Fiji Airways will also be able to display the oneworld connect branding on its aircraft fuselages, airport signage and on stationery items and marketing materials. The first aircraft to bear the new logo will be its first 737 MAX 8 jet.