From midnight tonight, SriLankan Airlines will become the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to join any of the global airline alliances when it joins oneworld.The addition of SriLankan to the alliance brings three additional destinations to the alliance network being Hambantota, Tiruchirapalli and Colombo. AirlineRatings safety rating for SriLankan AirlinesThe flag carrier of Sri Lanka will be flying alongside some of the world’s leading carriers including • 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).SriLankan’s induction into oneworld marks the completion of the alliance’s biggest expansion programme since its launch 15 years ago
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