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SriLankan Airlines (ALK) will become a oneworld alliance member by late next year, with Cathay Pacific sponsoring and supporting the airline through its alliance implementation programme.
The accord was announced during IATA's 2012 World Air Transport Summit in Beijing this week.
SriLankan Airlines already has code-sharing agreements with oneworld affiliate Malaysia Airlines and now plans to code-share with oneworld partners Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.
SriLankan Airlines chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said oneworld was the obvious option for the island nations flagship carrier.
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," the chairman said.
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.
American Airlines chief and chairman of the oneworld Governing Board Tom Horton was pleased to have SriLankan Airlines partner with the global alliance.
Today's agreement with SriLankan Airlines adds even more value for our customers who have made oneworld the first choice airline alliance for the world's frequent international travellers. We look forward to welcoming SriLankan to oneworld.
ALKs alignment will bring three new southern India destinations to oneworlds expanding network.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T