It was announced today in Beijing that the Sri Lankan flag carrier, SriLankan Airlines, is set to join Oneworld in late 2013 and that the sponsoring airline is Cathay Pacific.
This is good news for Oneworld and especially American Airlines AAdvantage members. Due to American’s very restrictive routing rules on awards, it has been sometimes very difficult to find award availability on certain routes. Sri Lanka is on Asia 2 on AA’s award chart (Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Saipan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam). This helps especially if you are trying to find your way from Europe to Asia 2 using American miles.
Last year, I had six segments on SriLankan’s business class and wrote a piece about the experience on Beijing to Bangkok segment. SriLankan also provided me with STPC (Stopover Paid by Carrier) when I had a long transfer in Colombo.
SriLankan serves number of destinations in Europe and also offers non-stop service from Moscow to Dubai.
The airline also serves number of destinations in the Middle East.
Airline’s Asian network is very interesting. There are number of routes that are served via Bangkok, where SriLankan has local traffic rights as well.