Mexicana prepares to join Oneworld in 2009

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Mexicana estimates spending between three and five million to prepare for its membership in the Oneworld Alliance, which is scheduled to formally begin next year.

Executives from Oneworld’s 10 member airlines today formally invited Mexicana to join the alliance, with Iberia acting as the carrier’s sponsor. The Spanish carrier plans to work with Mexicana during the next 12-18 months to help the carrier align its systems and train its workforce to offer Oneworld services.

“It is no simple project,” says Iberia Fernando Conte, “that is why we expect it to take a year to complete”.

Mexicana’s ascension into Oneworld results in the alliance adding 26 destinations to its network, 24 in Mexico plus Bakersfield, California and Edmonton, Canada.

The carrier’s membership in Oneworld marks the second time Mexicana has participated in one of the three large global alliances. Mexicana was a member of the Star Alliance from July 2000 to April 2004.

Carrier CEO Manual Borja says that Mexicana opted to remain independent for a while and work with other airlines through bilateral agreements.

Along with its membership in Oneworld, Mexicana’s subsidiary Click Mexicana is joining the alliance as an affiliate member.

Iberia’s Conte says in the three years that his carrier has worked with Mexicana as a bilateral partner, “we have come to know that in Mexicana we have colleagues with whom we can really do business”.