The Governing Board of the oneworld global airline alliance has nominated Qantas Group chief executive officer (CEO) Alan Joyce to serve as its chairman for the next two years.
He succeeds Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo, who is transitioning from the airline to join Finland’s Metso Corporation as its new CEO. Vauramo assumed oneworld’s chairmanship in June 2017.
Joyce (pictured) will chair its board meetings, oversee alliance governance and work closely with oneworld CEO Rob Gurney and the central alliance team.
Prior to Vauramo, the position has been filled by CEOs from American Airlines (Gerard Arpey and Tom Horton), British Airways/IAG (Willie Walsh) and Cathay Pacific (Ivan Chu).
The oneworld board comprises the CEOs of all the alliance’s member airlines – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, alongside Qantas.
As part of oneworld, these airlines serve more than 1,000 airports in 150 plus territories, with some 14,000 daily departures, carry almost 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft, generate more than $130 billion annual revenues and account for some 20 per cent of the entire global airline industry’s passenger carryings and revenues.
Joyce said: “As a founding member of oneworld, we are pleased the alliance has evolved over time to deliver greater value to more customers worldwide and expand its joint network. I look forward to serving as Chairman of the Governing Board and working with our oneworld partner airlines as the alliance reaches the 20th anniversary of its launch.
“On behalf of all of us at oneworld, I thank Pekka Vauramo for his leadership of the alliance and wish him all the best in his new endeavours.”