FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines, British
Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, and Qantas Airways today
welcomed Finnair as the first new recruit to oneworld(TM), since they
announced the global airline alliance in September. 
As a leading northern European carrier, Finnair adds a valuable network to
the group's worldwide presence. 
Speaking on behalf of the oneworld members, Bob Ayling, Chief Executive of
British Airways, said "This is an important milestone for oneworld as Finnair
is the first airline to join since we established the alliance.  We are
extremely pleased to welcome Finnair to the group.  Its extensive network in
northern Europe and the high quality of its services will further enhance what
oneworld will offer to its customers." 
Antti Potila, Chief Executive Officer of Finnair, said "Joining an
alliance has been a vital part of Finnair's long-term plans and we are
extremely pleased to confirm our participation in oneworld so early on.  We
are excited by the opportunities that being a member of the world's leading
alliance will offer us." 
Finnair flies to over 60 destinations worldwide, including 21 in Finland
and a further 39 elsewhere in Europe.  The airline employs 8,570 people and
operates a fleet of 58 aircraft.  Finnair is presently assessing the time that
it will require for training employees in preparation for offering oneworld
services and benefits and is planning to be able to participate in the
alliance from the latter half of 1999. 
Full details of the services and benefits to be offered by oneworld will
be announced early next year, with implementation following shortly
oneworld logos and other material and further background on each of the
carriers are available on their web sites:                

oneworld will enable each carrier to offer customers services and products
that it cannot provide by itself, responding to changes in the global airline

    These will include:
    -- smoother transfers for passengers traveling across the global networks
       of the oneworld  member carriers.
    -- greater support, with employees of each airline equipped to assist and
       care for customers traveling with any of the oneworld airlines.
    -- greater value, through a range of round-the-world products.
    -- the intention to enhance existing co-operation between the airlines in
       the field of frequent flyer programs, enabling them in particular to
       provide more mileage awards, wider recognition for top-tier customers
       and access to more airport clubs and lounges.

While it does not specifically apply to their cargo activities, the
airlines involved are working on a series of initiatives to enable them to
offer improved services to their freight and mail customers.

SOURCE  American Airlines /CONTACT:  Corporate Communications of American Airlines, 817-967-1577; or
Press Office of British Airways, +44 181 738 5100, or Jemma Moore of British
Airways, +44 181 738 8591; or Corporate Communications of Canadian Airlines,
+1 403 294 6821; or Katherine Wang, +852 2747 5211, or Quince Chong,
+852 2747 5214, both for Corporate Communications of Cathay Pacific; or Usko
Maatta, Corporate Communications of Finnair, +35898184970; or Public Affairs
of Qantas, +61 2 9691 3468/ 

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CO:  American Airlines; AMR Corp.; British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay

 Pacific Airways; Qantas Airways; Finnair
ST:  Texas, Finland
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