Oneworld, global airlines group said that it is open to consider an
Indian carrier as part of the alliance group, provided the airline
offers expected service standards and complements its present member
airlines. Kingfisher was the only airline from the India to be a part of
this group, which at present is nonfunctional due to financial reasons.
Bruce Ashby, CEO Oneworld said, we will definitely consider an Indian
carrier provided it meets the same standards as Kingfisher did. However
we haven’t had any serious discussion with any Indian carrier, since
the Kingfisher fiasco occurred. We are very clear when it comes to
adding a new airline to our group. Service standards cannot be
compromised at any cost. Also the new airline has to complement fellow
Ashby said, Oneworld does not have any Indian carrier under its
wings, but it marks its presence in India with the help of members'
airlines like Sri Lankan Airlines and Qatar Airways.
India is primarily serviced by low-cost carriers. To be a part of
this alliance, LCCs will have to attain higher levels by upgrading
themselves. He quoted the example of airberlin, Germany’s budget
carrier, which became its member in 2012, after adapting new technology
and changing its business model.
Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance are three airlines groupings in
the world. There are 15 members in Oneworld, 19 in SkyTeam and 26 in
Star Alliance, making it the largest amongst the three.