SriLankan Airlines has joined the global airline
alliance, oneworld. SriLankan is the first carrier from the Indian
subcontinent to join the alliance - and completes oneworld's
biggest expansion programme since the alliance was launched 15
The airline's addition to oneworld will bring
two new destinations on to the alliance network - Hambantota
itself plus India's Tiruchirapalli - along with its Colombo base
as a new oneworld hub.
With an extensive schedule serving southern
India and as one of the leading international airlines serving the
Maldives, SriLankan also significantly strengthens oneworld's
presence throughout South Asia, one of the world's fastest growing
regions for air travel demand.
With SriLankan, oneworld:
- Serves almost 1,000 airports in 150 countries, with
14,250 daily departures.
- Carries more than 500 million
passengers a year on a combined fleet of some 3,300 aircraft.
Generates US$ 140 billion annual revenues.
- Offers more than
600 airport lounges, including many frequently rated the as the
members of SriLankan's FlySmiLes loyalty programme have had their frequent flyer privileges extended to whenever
they fly on oneworld member airlines - including earning rewards
and tier status points plus the ability to redeem rewards for
flights throughout the alliance network.
Also, the 180 million members of the established oneworld
airlines' frequent flyer programmes will be able to earn rewards
and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits
when flying on SriLankan and redeem awards on the airline's
As part of oneworld, SriLankan will be able to offer all of
its customers seamless connections across a global network serving
almost 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries, with first
rate connections between the world's leading business centres.
SriLankan is already participating in Global Explorer, the
round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld members and various
airlines that are not part of the alliance. Its network now also
covers oneworld's full range of alliance
fares, including the oneworld Explorer round-the-world
fare. This range of alliance fares has been
further extended with the addition of a new Visit South Asian
Sub-Continent pass, marking SriLankan's addition to oneworld.
To celebrate SriLankan's addition to oneworld, all
FlySmiLes cardholders will receive double their usual FlySmiLes
miles when flying on most oneworld partners between 15 May 2014
and 30 June. Members of most established member airlines' loyalty
programmes will receive double the normal mileage awards/points
when flying on SriLankan during the same period.
Governing Board CEO Bruce Ashby said, "The addition of SriLankan
Airlines concludes what has been the biggest and fastest growth
programme by any global airline alliance, enabling oneworld to
consolidate its position as the first choice global alliance for
frequent international travelers the world over. In SriLankan, we
are delighted to be adding another high quality, fast expanding
carrier to the world's fastest growing and most highly rated
global airline alliance."
SriLankan Airlines' Chairman Nishantha
Wickremasinghe added, "With the world airline industry increasingly
focused on alliances, joining oneworld is one of the most
significant developments to date for SriLankan Airlines. Joining
the alliance will help put SriLankan more firmly on the global
aviation map and vastly improve Sri Lanka's connectivity with the
rest of the world, which is vital for our country's trade and
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