SriLankan Airlines – oneworld’s newest member
Wednesday, 30 April 2014: Tracing its origins back to 1947, SriLankan Airlines, which becomes part of oneworld® with effect from midnight tonight, is today not only the flag carrier airline for Sri Lanka but also the largest international airline serving the Maldives and with a significant presence in southern India.
It has virtually doubled in size since peace returned to its home country four years ago and plans further substantial expansion to its fleet and network in the next few years.
It operates a fleet of 21 aircraft – including eight Airbus A320s/321s, seven A330-200s and six A340-300s – and has orders for 10 new aircraft, including four A350-900s.
Using the airline code UL, it carried 4.7 million passengers last year between its Colombo base and 32 destinations in 20 countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Its destinations include oneworld hubs Doha, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow Domodedovo and Tokyo Narita, along with Bangkok and Singapore.
It has an established code-share agreement with oneworld partner Malaysia Airlines and concluded code-share agreements today with alliance members Finnair and S7.