Mexicana will join oneworld

Mexico and Central America's leading airline, Mexicana, announced that it will become part of oneworld airline alliance by 2009.

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Mexico and Central America's leading airline, Mexicana, announced that it will become part of oneworld airline alliance by 2009.

The carrier was elected on board by the groups' ten existing associate airlines. Its subsidiary, Click Mexicana, will join at the same time as an affiliate member. The company will be supported during the joining process by its oneworld sponsor, Iberia, Spain's largest air transport group.

The procedure is expected to take 12 to 18 months, after which the airline will be able to offer the alliances' full range of services and benefits, including a more extensive global network, more lounges, frequent flyer rewards and increased customer service support.

Mexicana's CEO, Manuel Borja said that joining the world's leading airline alliance will enable the carrier to build excellent relationships with American Airlines and Iberia.

The addition of Mexicana will expand the alliances' network to nearly 700 destinations across 150 countries. Managing partner of oneworld, John McCulloh said: "As one of the leading carriers in Mexico and Central America, Mexicana will considerably strengthen oneworlds' established position of leadership in Latin America."

Fernando Conte, chairman and CEO of Iberia said the alliance is very selective about who they invite. "We only consider airlines with brands that match the quality of our established partners, who share our priorities of safety, customer service and profitability and who can expand our existing combined network, rather than simply replicating what we already offer. Mexicana more than ticked all those boxes."

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