SriLankan Airlines To Join Oneworld

SriLankan Airlines has announced it is to join Oneworld by the end of 2013. Based out of Colombo, the flag carrier of Sri Lanka will boost the alliance’s presence in South Asia following the deferment of troubled Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines’ membership application.


Operating a fleet of 21 aircraft to 34 destinations in 22 countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, SriLankan Airlines will bring 3 new destinations (Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Tiruchirapalli) to the Oneworld network. The airline already codeshares with member designate Malaysia Airlines and took the opportunity to announce agreement in principle to codeshare with Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines. Travellers will also enjoy greater connectivity to the Maldives, where the airline is the largest international carrier flying to the island paradise.


Upon its integration with the alliance, the airline’s customers will gain access to some 860 destinations in more than 150 countries, with members of its FlySmiles frequent flyer program able to earn and redeem miles on any of Oneworld’s carriers. Top tier members will also enjoy access to the grouping’s airport lounges around the world. Reciprocal rights will be available to the 120 million frequent flyer cardholders of Oneworld’s member airlines.


Cathay Pacific will serve as SriLankan Airlines’ sponsor and support it through the implementation process. The carrier is one of 2 Oneworld members currently serving Sri Lanka (the other being Royal Jordanian), with daily flights to Colombo from its Hong Kong base.


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