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Big changes may be coming to the Oneworld alliance, home to American, British, Cathay, and a handful of other carriers around the world. Over the last several months, IAG, the parent company of British Airways has been making repeated attempts to acquire Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland. And though their earlier efforts were met with hysterical laughter, it looks like the Irish are now taking the offer seriously.

On the other side of the stage, Qatar just inked a deal to buy 10% of IAG, strengthening their role within the alliance and doubling down on its partner carriers.

All this is to say that tomorrow’s Oneworld alliance may be much stronger than the one we know today. With Aer Lingus on board we’ll see much better access to the British Isles and from a smattering of long-haul ports serving Dublin. Stronger ties with Qatar also mean better connections to and from the Middle East.

Provided this all pans out, members of the Oneworld alliance should be hopeful about the future.

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