SriLankan Airlines will become the latest airline to join the oneworld airline alliance on May 1, 2014. SriLankan will be first airline in the Indian subcontinent to be accepted as a member of a global airline alliance.
The flag carrier of the Indian Ocean island country was cleared for full membership of oneworld, which includes American Airline, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific among its major members, after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness by Cathay Pacific Airways, which is sponsoring SriLankan into the alliance.
SriLankan Airlines will be joining oneworld one month after TAM and US Airways join it on March 31. The alliance is having its biggest expansion ever this year.
From May 1, the 150 million members of the other oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem awards and tier status points and also receive all other oneworld benefits on SriLankan.
The addition of SriLankan will add two new destinations to the oneworld network – Sri Lanka’s new Hambantota International Airport and India’s Tiruchirapalli Airport, near Chennai in southern India.
Based in Colombo (Sri Lanka) SriLankan flies to 32 destinations in 20 countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including oneworld hubs Doha, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow Domodedovo and Tokyo Narita, along with Bangkok and Singapore in southeast Asia.