DUBAI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - State-owned Oman Air announced on
Sunday its intention to apply to join the oneworld global
airline alliance and said it had asked fellow Gulf carrier and
member Qatar Airways to help it.
Oman Air said it had approached Qatar Airways, whose chief
executive Akbar Al Baker is the chairman of the airline group,
for guidance in making its application.
"As the industry recovers from COVID, airline alliances are
going to be more important than ever," the airline said in an
emailed statement to Reuters.
"This will provide us with excellent global connectivity, a
seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings
for our guests."
A oneworld spokesman said the alliance was at any time in
talks with prospective members but that it did not comment on
"As airlines recover from COVID-19, alliances will become
more important by providing global connectivity, as airlines
reshape their networks, many with reduced fleets when compared
to their pre-COVID size," the onewolrd spokesman said.
A Qatar Airways spokesperson earlier referred comment to
There are 14 airlines in the oneworld alliance, including
Qantas, American Airlines and British Airways.
Qatar Airways holds direct and indirect stakes in three
oneworld members, including British Airways and Cathay Pacific.
Oman Air flies to 34 destinations, which it says will
increase to 44 next year. It has 47 aircraft in its fleet with
32 jets in operation.
(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Kirsten Donovan,
Barbara Lewis and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)