Oneworld has no interest in pursing African membership

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The Oneworld alliance is not actively pursuing African members and instead is focusing on Brazil, Canada and China.

During the International Aviation Forecast Summit hosted by the Boyd Group International Oneworld managing director John McCulloch explained the grouping "is not doing any work in Africa".

He later told ATI the economic impact of Africa is not as significant as the regions where Oneworld is pursuing partners.

Oneworld's rival Star has built a significant presence on the African continent, and recently announced Ethiopian would become the group's third African member next year joining EgyptAir and South African Airways as Star members.

Oneworld's immediate attention is attempting to convince LAN-TAM to remain in Oneworld. LAN has been a member of Oneworld since 2000 while TAM joined Star this year. LAN and TAM announced their plans to merge in August of this year.

McCulloch expects the competition for LAN-TAM's alliance membership to intensify within the next two-to-three months.