SriLankan Airlines becomes part of OneWorld airline alliance

By |April 30th, 2014|Airlines, Airport Lounges, Airports, Frequent Flyer Airline, Region - Asia / Pacific|Comments Off on SriLankan Airlines becomes part of OneWorld airline alliance

srilanka_hotel_serenepavilions2SriLankan Airlines becomes part of OneWorld from midnight Apr. 30, offering the full range of services and benefits of the world’s fastest growing and highest rated global airline alliance.

It becomes the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to join any of the global airline alliances – and completes oneworld’s biggest expansion programme since the alliance was launched 15 years ago.

These landmarks are being celebrated today at a ceremony attended by the key ministers from Sri Lanka’s government at South Asia’s newest international airport, Hambantota’s Mattala Rajapaksa International, serving Sri Lanka’s South and East Coasts and Hambantota’s sea port.

From midnight, the flag carrier of Sri Lanka will be flying alongside some of the world’s leading carriers:

  • Asia-Pacific’s Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Australia’s Qantas.
  • From Europe, airberlin, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Russia’s S7 Airlines.
  • In the Middle East, Qatar Airways – the only one of the Big Three Gulf carriers to be part of any alliance – and Royal Jordanian.
  • In North America, American Airlines and its US Airways merger partner.
  • In South America LAN Airlines and its partner in LATAM Airlines Group, TAM Airlines.
  • SriLankan’s first flight as part of oneworld will be UL318 departing from Colombo to the Kuala Lumpur hub of oneworld partner Malaysia Airlines at 7.45 am tomorrow (1 May).

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 the leading international airline 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 world’s best.

What it means for frequent flyers and other customers

The 300,000 members of SriLankan’s FlySmiLes loyalty programme will, in effect, have 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 from tonight, 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 network.

For full details of what SriLankan’s entry into oneworld means to frequent flyers, see separate press release

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. From midnight tonight, its network will be covered by oneworld’s full range of alliance fares – the most extensive offered by any of the global alliances, including the market-leading oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare.

This range of alliance fares will be further extended with the addition of a new Visit South Asian Sub-Continent pass, marking SriLankan’s addition to oneworld, and offering great value flights in the region in conjunction with an international sector there. For full details, see separate press release.

Special frequent flyer miles offers to celebrate

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. For further details, exceptions and requirements, see separate news release and individual airlines’ frequent flyer websites.

SriLankan seals code-share agreements with two more oneworld partners – Finnair and S7

On the eve of its entry into oneworld, SriLankan today concluded code-share agreements with two more oneworld members – Finnair and Russia’s S7 Airlines.

It already has code-sharing in place with OneWorld’s Malaysia Airlines while code-share discussions with other oneworld partners are at an advanced stage.

Code-sharing is a wide-spread airline industry practice whereby the marketing code of one airline is placed on a flight operated by another carrier. This has the effect of expanding the network offered by the marketing carrier without having to operate the flights itself, thereby enabling it to earn more revenue, while at the same time offering more choice to customers and making connections for them between the two airline partners’ networks even more seamless.

SriLankan and S7 agreed to code-share last year, pending regulatory approvals – which have now just been granted. From 15 May, S7’s designator will be added to flights operated by SriLankan between their Colombo and Moscow Domodedovo hubs, and also Colombo and Bangkok. At the same time, SriLankan’s UL prefix will be placed on services operated by the Russian airline between its own Moscow Domodedovo base and Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg, effectively adding six key cities in Russia to SriLankan’s network. These code-share flights open for sale tomorrow (1 May).

From 2 June, Finnair will add its AY code to flights operated by SriLankan between the latter’s Colombo base and Bangkok, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Rome, while SriLankan’s UL designator will be placed on connecting services flown by Finnair between the latter’s Helsinki hub and Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Rome and also between Helsinki and Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.