Tomorrow (March 31, 2014) is a good day for Oneworld Fliers as both US Airways and TAM join their other halves in the fast growing OneWorld Alliance. US Airways and TAM have both left Star Alliance as of March 30, 2014 at midnight and joined OneWorld on their first scheduled flight on March 31 due to mergers with American Airlines and LAN respectively, creating the new American Airline Group and LATAM Airlines Group. The addition of both TAM and US Airways will add a number of new destinations and routes both across the Atlantic, 42 new destinations within Brazil, and a number of new destinations and routes between North and South America. Furthermore, on May 1 (now delayed from April) the much anticipated SriLankan Airlines joins OneWorld, becoming the first airline to join an alliance from the Indian Subcontinent after attempts from Air India and Kingfisher failed.
With the entry of three more airlines into OneWorld (but really only one as TAM & US Airways are part of their larger parent companies) 8 new hubs are being added to the OneWorld network. These new hubs include: Philadelphia, Washington Regan, Charlotte, Phoenix, Colombo, Mattala, Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeriro & Brasilia. SriLankan themselves will add two new destination to the oneworld network, including hub airport Mattala Hambantota International (HRI) and India’s Tiruchirapalli and US Airways will add 60 Destinations, most in its US home but also three in Canada and one in Mexico, to OneWorld’s network.
Oneworld is by far the fastest growing Alliance in 2014, already adding three member airlines while SkyTeam has added 1 and Star Alliance has lost two members. Now the OneWorld Alliance can boast that between all member airlines they serve airports in 150 countries, with more than 14,000 daily departures on a combined fleet of almost 3,500 aircraft. In addition, OneWorld is now the largest alliance in Latin America and the only carrier with a gulf and Indian subcontinent member. With the additional of these three member carriers, OneWorld is quickly filling the white areas on their global route map.