Colombo-based SriLankan Airlines is to join the
oneworld alliance towards the end of 2012.
SriLankan brings three new destinations
in southern India to the oneworld network, namely Kochin,
Tiruchirapallin and Thiruvanthapuramin. After the airline’s
accession to the alliance, the oneworld network will cover about
860 destinations in over 150 countries.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha
Wickremasinghe said, “With the world airline industry increasingly
focused on alliances, SriLankan has carried out in-depth analysis
of the options open to the airline as we enter this latest phase
of our development. oneworld is very clearly the best option for
us. 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.”
Membership is being sponsored by
current oneworld member Cathay Pacific.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said,
“SriLankan Airlines is a fine candidate for oneworld, with its
growing reputation for customer service mirroring oneworld’s own
focus – and with Sri Lanka’s economy growing faster than at any
other time in the nation’s history, the timing is right. Cathay
Pacific is delighted to be serving as its sponsor in joining
SriLankan Airlines already has codeshare arrangements with another member-elect, Malaysia
Airlines, which joins the alliance at the end of the year. It is
also planning codeshare cooperation with existing oneworld
members Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.
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