“The addition of US Airways to oneworld represents a significant milestone in our journey to establish oneworld as the first choice airline alliance for frequent international travellers the world over,” oneworld chief executive Bruce Ashby said. US Airways will withdraw its participation from the Star Alliance on 30 March 2014, with the airline and its regional carriers (US Airways Express) to begin operating as oneworld affiliate members. Following the completion of US Airways’ merger with American Airlines, the brand and all regional affiliates will transition to the oneworld airline alliance, effective 31 March 2014. Customers will be briefed on the changes and developments surrounding the merger and alliance switch – including frequent flyer benefits – through a range of communications. At the beginning of the year, American Airlines and US Airways contracted an US$11 billion merger to form the world’s largest airline, while maintaining the American Airlines branding. “As we work toward creating the new American, network strength and breadth are essential components in building what will be world’s greatest airline,” American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker said. The merger was approved by the United States Department of Justice last month. Source = ETB News: P.T.