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
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.
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”.