SriLankan join hands with American Airlines

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SriLankan Airlines has entered into a landmark code-sharing agreement with American Airlines, a founder member of the global airline alliance, a press release from SriLankan Airline said.

The release further said:

The flag carrier of Sri Lanka became part of oneworld on 1 May 2014 as the first airline from the Indian sub-continent to join any of the global airline alliances, and has since then been offering the full range of the world’s most highly rated aviation groupings’ services and benefits.

Its code-sharing agreement with American Airlines, the world’s biggest airline, is the fifth signed with its partners in oneworld since its addition to the alliance, with similar arrangements set in place in the past year with Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas, and Russia’s S7 Airlines, alongside an established accord with Malaysia Airlines.

Under the initial phase of their agreement, SriLankan’s UL designator will be placed on services operated by American Airlines on six transatlantic routes, connecting the US carrier’s Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare and New York JFK hubs with the European gateways of Frankfurt and Paris CDG, where they will provide seamless transfers with SriLankan’s own connections to and from its Colombo hub.

These flights have been available for booking from 27th April 2015, for travel from 30th April 2015.

Later, the plan is to add American’s own AA code to select flights operated by SriLankan, smoothing travel to its home country and across its extensive South Asian network for American’s customers.

With both airlines members of oneworld, members of American’s Advantage and SriLankan’s FlySmiLes loyalty programmes already receive the full range of oneworld services and benefits across both airlines’ networks, including the ability to earn and redeem mileage rewards and, for top tier cardholders, to access lounges and enjoy additional baggage allowances and priority baggage delivery.

Including all its other oneworld partners – airberlin, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines and Qatar Airways – its membership of the alliance means SriLankan can offer customers the smoothest of travel to more than 1,000 destinations in 155 countries, flying all the way on a collection of the world’s leading airlines.

SriLankan Airlines’ Head of Worldwide Sales, Mr. Lal Perera: “Joining oneworld was one of the most significant achievements in SriLankan Airlines’ history – and we celebrate the first anniversary of our entry into this airline industry premier league with another great landmark, with the launch of code-sharing with the world’s biggest airline and oneworld co-founder, American Airlines.

“Being part of oneworld has vastly improvedSriLankan’s and our nation’s connectivity with the rest of the world, which is vital for our country’s trade and tourism.  Today’s agreement with American Airlines improves still further our access to and from the United States.”

“We’re excited about this codeshare partnership with our fellow oneworld member, Sri Lankan Airlines,” said Kurt Stache, senior vice president of alliances and partnerships at American Airlines. “This agreement will provide customers traveling from Sri Lanka greater access to key destinations throughout the United States.”

oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network.  Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 600 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances and priority baggage delivery.  The most frequent travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.

oneworld is currently the holder of six of the leading international awards for airline alliances –from Skytrax, FlightStats, Business Traveller, Premier Traveler and Global Traveler.

  Comments - 20

  • nandun Friday, 01 May 2015 12:11 PM

    good thing

    vini Friday, 01 May 2015 12:48 PM

    A for joining AA.

    gobbaya Friday, 01 May 2015 12:44 PM

    next step pls workout something for MATTALA & MIHIN..... via DM Android App

    piumi Friday, 01 May 2015 01:19 PM

    Good news for frequent travelers

    Citizen Friday, 01 May 2015 01:29 PM

    What happened to the much publicised glaring findings against the former Chairman Sri Lankan Airlines Nisantha Wickremasinghe a bro-in- law of the KING via DM Android App

    Patriot Friday, 01 May 2015 01:44 PM

    That theif was kicked out and a new report that goes deeper is underway soon every signle corrupt official from the top to bottom will face justice

    SupiriNimal Friday, 01 May 2015 07:58 PM

    What does that has to do with this? Amerucan Airlines a private entity and this is 100% commerical so pack you anti-american sentiments and leave!

    S vanderkoen Friday, 01 May 2015 02:14 PM

    Hopefully the airline sill rise to new heights u dear the new Management.

    mac Saturday, 02 May 2015 08:37 AM

    What ever , please improve in the service , sri Lankan has been the worst service and rudest service ever from the counter onwards, the service has badly drop by recruiting just lousy staff.

    janaka Friday, 01 May 2015 03:28 PM

    Tell us how many countries will give us visas?Tell us how many countries will take our currency?

    missing Friday, 01 May 2015 09:46 PM

    Keep it up good work, hope we come out with new things like this , country prosper masses prosper.

    G.M. Jayawardena Friday, 01 May 2015 03:56 PM

    Hope they have done the marketing survey for the benefit of the national carrier instead of political influence...Srilankan Airline may have covered the losses incurred from other sectors from the middle east - India via Srilanka sector in the past for the high demand in this sector due to the fact that Indians make the highest expatriate nationals working in the gulf. Joining Air India would have been more beneficial than American Airline.

    l de Silva Friday, 01 May 2015 09:45 PM

    two bankrupt airlines via DM Android App

    Chaney Friday, 01 May 2015 10:32 AM

    Super good move via DM Android App

    Deesha Friday, 01 May 2015 04:30 PM

    Sri Lankan airlines joined one world during MRs time. With all the crazy things Nishantha Wikramasinghe did, one world was the only good thing he and the credit should go to him!

    citizen Friday, 01 May 2015 10:57 AM

    Finally some business sense , the SriLankan may have a bright future under the new management

    observer Friday, 01 May 2015 11:12 AM

    Lal Perera is member of nil balakaya who supported namal rajapakse during election campaigns with paid leave. He is now trying to cover up his alliances by proporting useless news stories. By joining one world Sri Lankan de facto becomes a code share member with not only American but also British Airways Qantas and Malaysian Airlines. Why the sudden report on joining American? People like Lal Perera are the ones who drove the Airline down with their incompetence and mismanagement.

    John Fernandez Friday, 01 May 2015 11:31 AM

    No wonder. Is US coming to save us or destroy us? According to "Tamils for Obama" Sri Lanka must soon get ready to have a referendum to grant wishes for the people living in the North and East. It says "Tamils in Sri Lanka will only be safe when this unfortunate island is divided into two states." DM please publish my comment. Tks

    Bala Friday, 01 May 2015 05:32 PM

    Do not worry give another 200 days and visas will come - already India gave - currency may not come because only US$ Sterling DM FFR SwFr Au$ NZ$ and Sing$ still accepted worldwide. Even Chinese Yuan and Russian Rubles still out.

    Bala Friday, 01 May 2015 05:38 PM

    If SriLankan joined in 01 May 2014, why bookings from 27 April 2015. Someting wrong in dates. So Wickremasighe may not be the initiator as you claim.


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