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oneworld makes European travel easier then ever with first alliance air pass

11 Aug 2000

Hong Kong, 11 August 2000: Flying around Europe has been made easier and better value than ever for visitors from other continents with oneworld member airlines introducing the most flexible and best value multi-airline air pass of its kind.

The oneworld Visit Europe ticket offers as many flights as required across the European and North African networks of any of the alliance¡¦s European members - Aer Lingus, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia, plus affiliates BASE (of the Netherlands), British Regional Airlines, Brymon Airways, CityFlyer Express, Deutsche BA, GB Airways, Loganair, Maersk Air, National Jet Italia, Sun-Air, Binter Mediterraneo, and Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum). oneworld members outside Europe are American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, LanChile, and Qantas and their affiliates, and British Airways' affiliates British Mediterranean and Comair.

oneworld's European members serve some 200 destinations in almost 50 countries in Europe and North Africa, including virtually all the continent's leading cities.

Travellers can use the pass for just two flights within Europe - or as many more as they like. Prices depend on the number of flights required and the length of each flight.

Each flight of
  • up to 249 miles (398 kms) costs just US$60 (HK$465 or equivalent in local currency)
  • between 250 and 399 miles (400 - 638 kms) US$80 (HK$620 or equivalent in local currency)
  • between 400 and 899 miles (640 - 1,438 kms) US$120 (HK$935 or equivalent in local currency)
  • between 900 and 1,199 miles (1,440 - 1,918 kms) US$140 (HK$1,090 or equivalent in local currency)
  • 1,200 miles (1,920 kms) or more, US$190 (HK$1,480 or equivalent in local currency).

A passenger from Asia for example would purchase an international ticket to Europe and could then add on a typical European tour ¡V such as flying from London to Manchester, then on to Paris and Rome ¡V for just US$260.

Peter Buecking, oneworld's Managing Partner, said: "The oneworld Visit Europe ticket has got to be the best way for travellers to Europe to tour around Europe and North Africa. Many airlines offer their own European airpass - but these virtually always require passengers to travel back to the airline's home base each time before flying on to their next destination. Our new oneworld Europe pass enables people for the first time to switch across the networks of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and their affiliates."

"Flying around Europe has never been so easy or such great value."
Notes to editors
Prices quoted do not include passenger taxes, fees or charges.

oneworld Visit Europe tickets are not available for sale within Europe or North Africa. Passengers must buy them before they travel to Europe, in conjunction with return intercontinental flights to Europe.

Children aged 11 or under pay 67 per cent of the adult fare, and infants, aged less than two, pay 10 per cent.

Passengers can use as many members of the oneworld alliance as they like during their European tour.

The oneworld Visit Europe tickets are available for flights serving countries including:
Austria FranceMaltaSweden
Bosnia and HerzegovinaGreeceNetherlandsTurkey
CroatiaIrelandPolandUnited Kingdom
Czech RepublicItalyRomania

For full details, contact the sales office of any oneworld member airline.

oneworldURL: http://www.oneworldalliance.com/
Aer LingusMedia Relations
+353 1 886 2573URL: http://www.aerlingus.ie/
American AirlinesCorporate Communications
+1 817 967 1577URL: http://www.aa.com/
British AirwaysPress Office
+44 208 738 5100URL: http://press.britishairways.com/
Cathay PacificCorporate Communications
+852 2747 5378URL: http://www.cathaypacific.com/
FinnairCorporate Communications
+358 981 84970URL: http://www.finnair.com/
+34 91 587 7462URL: http://www.iberia.es/
+562 565 2856URL: http://www.lanchile.com/
QantasPublic Affairs
+61 2 9691 3468URL: http://www.qantas.com.au/