Qantas to gain new partner as Aer Lingus rejoins Oneworld

Qantas to gain new partner as Aer Lingus rejoins Oneworld

Qantas stands to gain a new global partner airline as Aer Lingus rejoins Oneworld following BA's take-over of the Irish national carrier.

The £1bn (A$2bn) buy-out by British Airways' parent International Airlines Group has received the approval of the Irish parliament as well as Ryanair, which holds a 29.8% stake in Aer Lingus.

Fergal Goodman
Aer Lingus would rejoin Oneworld under the BA take-over
Fergal Goodman

IAG chief Willie Walsh has confirmed that under his watch Aer Lingus would rejoin the Oneworld airline alliance.

Aer Lingus signed up to Oneworld airline alliance in 1999 but left in 2007 as part of a strategic shift away from the premium market to become a low-cost airline.

The airline has since reversed course, to the extent that it's signed up for nine Airbus A350s which from 2018 will fly with 42 business class and 223 economy class seats. 

Earlier this year Aer Lingus also upgraded the business class experience for its flights between Dublin and the USA.

The seats convert into a fully flat bed and offer direct aisle access to most passengers.

There's also AC and USB power outlets at each seat, free wi-fi and an improved meal service with matching wines.

For more on the new seats and service, take the virtual tour below: 

Qantas currently allows its frequent flyer members to earn points (but not status credits) on Aer Lingus flights with an EI flight number.

Ironically, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce began his career at Aer Lingus working in areas including research, fleet and network planning and IT.

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

14 comments

  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    1 Jun, 2015 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the update David!

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  • fxdxdy

    fxdxdy

    1 Jun, 2015 04:23 pm

    The prodigal son returns!

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  • jrfsp

    jrfsp

    2 Jun, 2015 02:50 pm

    hopefully earning rates will be more akin to IB than BA

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  • Rollyone

    Rollyone

    2 Jun, 2015 05:43 pm

    I'm goung to LAX at the end of the year, how do you join Oneworld alliance? Thx

     

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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    2 Jun, 2015 07:17 pm

    Airlines join the alliance, travellers don't.

    Travellers join the frequeant flyer program of one of the member airlines.

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  • jianga

    jianga

    10 Jul, 2015 05:46 pm

    Or you can buy/start up your own airline and apply to join Oneworld......hmmm......just a thought LOL! Happy Friday!

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  • Jason Bird

    Speedbird

    10 Jul, 2015 09:00 pm

    LAUGH... Here is that saucer of milk you ordered sir

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  • jianga

    jianga

    10 Jul, 2015 06:24 pm

    Any news on when they will offically join OW? I've got some EI flights in Sep and was hoping to get SCs to my QFF.

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    10 Jul, 2015 07:29 pm

    It is proposed that no SCs will be earned on EI flights, just a measly number of miles.

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  • Jason Bird

    Speedbird

    10 Jul, 2015 09:03 pm

    No, that's the current system. Things should change once EI have rejoined the fold. Hence jianga's question about joining date.

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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    10 Jul, 2015 10:48 pm

    When EI was part of oneworld before, they earnt QFF SCs. When EI left the alliance, QF chose to keep a level of partnership, just below that required of oneworld members. So EI became a QF partner on the same level at LY, AS or 9W.

    Once EI again joins oneworld, they will be subject to the oneworld agreement again and thus SC will be earnt.

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  • grov

    grov

    13 Jul, 2015 08:36 am

    Have recently booked some EI flights and the online bookings include an area to enter your QFF number. So I presume that SCs would automatically be added when their OW affiliation restarts. As a side issue, it's cheaper to fly to the U.S. And Canada out of Dublin that from the UK, even though the flights go through UK or Europe.

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    13 Jul, 2015 11:40 am

    If you are referring to the taxes out of LHR, then yes, they are the highest in the world for long-haul flights. On the other hand, the taxes for short-haul in Europe ( LHR-DUB for example) are not unreasonable. Note that the hefty taxes apply to OUTWARD flights from LHR (and other British airports), not arrivals. FYI, Paris-CDG is almost as expensive as British departures.

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  • jubbing

    jubbing

    13 Jul, 2015 07:40 pm

    "Ironically, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce began his career at Aer Lingus"

    I think you mean coincidentally, not ironically!

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