SriLankan Airlines will become a full member of oneworld®, offering the alliance’s complete range of services and benefits with effect from Thursday 1 May 2014 – as the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to become part of any global airline groups.
The national airline of Sri Lanka received clearance to board Oneworld, the world’s leading quality airline alliance, after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Cathay Pacific Airways, which is sponsoring its entry into the alliance, with the Oneworld central team.
Its addition to Oneworld will come a month after the alliance welcomes TAM and US Airways on board, on 31 March, concluding the group’s biggest yet expansion programme.
Senior executives from Oneworld’s established member airlines which include some of the leading carriers from each of the world’s regions will gather in Sri Lanka on the eve of SriLankan’s addition to the alliance, to welcome it to the fold.
From the first flights on 1 May 2014, the 400,000 members of SriLankan’s FlySmiLes loyalty programme will, in effect, have their frequent flyer privileges extended to whenever they fly with any Oneworld member airline.
These include leading carriers from each global region – fellow Asia-Pacific carriers Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qantas; Europe’s airberlin, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Russia’s S7 Airlines; Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian, from the Middle East; American Airlines and, from 31 March, its merger partner US Airways, from North America; LAN and, also from 31 March, TAM from South America; and more than 30 affiliated airlines.
FlySmiLes Platinum cardholders will have Emerald status in the Oneworld programme. FlySmiLes Gold will be equivalent to Oneworld Sapphire and FlySmiLes Classic will be Oneworld Ruby.