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BA is not actively seeking to add a Middle East airline to oneworld, its global alliance, according to a senior director at the airline.

BA is not actively seeking to add a Middle East airline to oneworld, its global alliance, according to a senior director at the airline. A number of carriers in the region are said to be looking to join one of the global alliance, but according to Alan Burnett, BA’s regional director, Africa, Middle East, Central & South Asia, signing up a Middle East partner for oneworld is “not at the top of the list” for BA.

oneworld is an alliance of eight airlines, including BA, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas, but it currently has no partner in the Middle East — nor in China or Japan. However, Burnett says that although BA maintains close links with the major carriers in the region — including two codeshares with Emirates — it is not actively seeking to persuade an airline from the region to become a oneworld member. Instead, the alliance members are focusing on surviving the current troubles in the aviation sector and cutting costs.

“If you can see BA and American becoming stronger then that is the way to add new partners,” says Burnett.

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