SriLankan Airlines will officially enter oneworld alliance on 1 May 2014.
The airline received clearance to board oneworld, after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Cathay Pacific Airways, which is sponsoring its entry into the alliance.
From 1 May, 100,000 FlySmiLes members will have their frequent flyer privileges extended to whenever they fly with any oneworld member airline, along with access to 600 airport lounges FlySmiLes Platinum and Gold members.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said “With the world airline industry increasingly focused on alliances, joining oneworld will be a significant development for SriLankan Airlines. Joining the alliance will help put SriLankan more firmly on the global aviation map and vastly improve Sri Lanka’s connections with the rest of the world, with all that means for our country’s vital tourism industry.”
“In SriLankan Airlines, oneworld is pleased to be adding another high-quality airline that will enhance oneworld’s network and product offerings in one of the world’s fastest growing regions for air travel demand,” Bruce Ashby, CEO of oneworld.
SriLankan Airlines is the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to become part of any global airline alliance.