Well one of OW strongpoints is it's South American presence. LAN & possibly TAM in the future offers great connections across the continent while AA & IB have a very strong presence on flights to North America & Europe respectively.
CXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1509 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2183 times:
OneWorld is specifically trying to stay smaller than the other alliances: they've been somewhat picky about who can go in and who can't. They still offer a very comprehensive service, and they've gotten a lot of awards.
Besides South America, they're quite strong in major financial centers: they are the largest by market share in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Madrid (Europe's 3rd largest city by population and GDP) and London, have strong footholds in NYC, LAX and Chicago, and soon also in India's major centers. As a result, OW can punch above their size.
The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8442 posts, RR: 14 Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1785 times:
Quoting CXA330300 (Reply 3): OneWorld is specifically trying to stay smaller than the other alliances: they've been somewhat picky about who can go in and who can't.
This is often repeated both on Anet and on other forums as if it were an established fact .
I am skeptical , if OW are actually so picky how did they end up with IB who are notorious for poor customer service and two financial basket cases in the form of MX and JL . I have challenged people both on this forum and other forums to provide some evidence that OW has stricter criteria than the 2 major alliances but no one ever gives any specifics , they just repeat the mantra that OW is "more selective"or "has stricter criteria" or "is more quality driven" as if that is all the proof that is needed . Perhaps you would care to explain in exactly what way OW is more "picky" than the *A or Skyteam.
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LX and SN were close to join One World but ended up going to Star because LH influenced them to do so. What is going on with Star is this: LH wants to build its own powerful empire in Europe by wrapping all the members they can. If this didn't happen, LX and SN would probably be in One World by now.