SriLankan Airlines is to be inducted as a full member of oneworld with effect from Thursday 1 May – as the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to become part of any global airline alliance.

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Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 has flown from Airbus’ widebody final assembly facility at Toulouse to Airbus’ facilities at Finkenwerder airfield in Hamburg, where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted. Meanwhile, oneworld has announced that Qatar Airways will be inducted into the alliance on October 30.

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The national airline of Malaysia has received clearance to become a full member of oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas Airways, which is sponsoring Malaysia Airlines’ entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team.

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Australia’s Jetstar is to participate in some of the most popular fares offered by the oneworld alliance, extending the alliance’s coverage of Australasia. It is the first time that any carrier not a oneworld member will be involved in oneworld’s mainstream fare packages.

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