4-Jun-2013 1:07 AM

IATA AGM 2013: SriLankan aims to join oneworld in Mar-2014

SriLankan Airlines CEO Kapila Chandrasena told (03-Jun-2013) CAPA during a oneworld briefing at the IATA annual general meeting in Cape Town that the carrier is now “targeting March” for formally joining the alliance. SriLankan was initially announced as a new oneworld member-elect at the 2012 IATA AGM in Beijing, at which point the carrier was aiming to formally join the alliance in late 2013. Mr Chandrasena says it is taking longer than initially expected to transition to a new IT system, which SriLankan requires in order to work with other oneworld carriers. “The system cutover to Amadeus will take some time,” Mr Chandrasena said, adding the project is now about 30% complete.