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banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:20 PM
Please use this thread for Sri Lanka Aviation & Airports Discussion.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:22 PM
PIA to fly thrice a week non-stop service between Karachi and Colombo with Airbus A310-300 aircraft. Flight schedule effective from February 19, 2011.

PK874 - 1530 – 1930 - KHI-CMB 310 246
PK875 - 2045 – 2340 - CMB-KHI 310 246

whoisdomain.net
21-02-2011, 09:22 PM
The annual Christmas programme was celebrated on the 17th of December 2010 at the Full Moon Garden Hotel.

Mr. Prasanna Wickramasuriya - Chairman, Mr. Kamal S. Ratwatte - Vice Chairman and Mr. Johanne R. Jayaratne - Executive Director of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd were presents at the occasion.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:24 PM
Crystal Thai Airlines to launch operations In January -
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=aviationdaily&id=news/avd/2011/01/06/06.xml&headline=Crystal%20Thai%20To%20Launch%20Operations %20In%20January

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:24 PM
Crystal Thai Airlines to launch operations In January -
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=aviationdaily&id=news/avd/2011/01/06/06.xml&headline=Crystal%20Thai%20To%20Launch%20Operations %20In%20January

whoisdomain.net
21-02-2011, 09:25 PM
Gulf Air started its Bahrain-Baghdad route today with leading businessmen and VIPS including GF CEO, and Bahraini ambassador to Iraq. There will an arrival ceremony.

Wondering what were the flight loads, as Gulf Air is the only major carrier in the Arabian Gulf countries to fly to Baghdad.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:28 PM
Saudi Arabian Airlines B747-400 replace -300 to Colombo in Summer 2011.

Malaysia Airlines (MH) increases Colombo flights from 5 weekly to Daily, effective 28 March 2011.

Gulf Air increases Bahrain to Colombo flights from 5 weekly to Daily, effective 27 March 2011.

It appears to be Crystal Thai Airlines has dropped the plan of flying Colombo in January 2011.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:31 PM
SriLankan Airlines has entered into a codeshare agreement with local operator Mihin Lanka, and its code will now appear on Mihin's flights from Colombo to Dhaka, Jakarta, Male and Thiruchirapally. With the exception of Thiruchirapally, these are all new routes launched in December 2010. Source: Airlineroute.

Freqflyer
21-02-2011, 09:32 PM
Hello Guys,

Im new to this forum and this is my first post. I d have some wishful thinking but let me put it out for discussion purposes...

Is UL still launching flights to KOchi on March 1st 2011? If not whats the latest update on that?

I see that the Chairman and CEO havle plans for the carrier.. Any plans on them re starting and launching flights to Madurai, Coiambatore, Kozhikode, Ahamedabad, Pune, Kolkata? May be connect these cities to the middle east via CMB before Fly Dubai and Co. gets approval to start these routes.. If possible try into other tier 2 cities in India

Seoul is good idea, Id like to see Tokyo Handea, and more flights to Narita..

May be connect Jakarta, Dhaka, KUL and Singapore and launch flights into Burnei into the European flights at night.. increase freq using the new A320's.

Id love to see Mauritius and Seychelles along with Nairobi..

ZRH, GVA, MUC , MAN... Maybe get more RR powered A330's to launch these routes...

HA HA HA.. Like i said im just doing a wishful thinking.. but what do you guys think???

FREQflyER

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:33 PM
@ Freqflyer - Welcome to the Sri Lanka Aviation Forum :) SriLankan's Kochi flight has now been postponed to 8th March 2011. Addtionally gulf point of point networks planned, CMB-DOH, CMB-BAH, CMB-MCT also been postponed to 27 March 2011 from Feb 2011. I believe there is a delay of getting MSN2569 : 4R-ABL, which is still in operation with Jazzeera Airways as reg : 9K-CAA. http://data.flight24.com/airplanes/9k-caa/ . I will update when any changes take place.

Yes, SriLankan has plans of introducing Madurai in its network, According to this news (http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/20/stories/2010112063530300.htm). I think Madurai might be launched after SriLankan receive the brandnew CFM engined MSN4694 the A320-214.

SriLankan is already codesharing with Mihin Lanka on 3 weekly Colombo to Jakarta flights. I doubt SriLankan itself will launch the Jakarta flights. Does any body know how Mihin's Colombo - Jakarta flight is performing ? see the picture of Mihin Lanka A320 in Jakarta. I surprise how this A320 (4R-MRB) flown upto 4hr 50 mins. ;)

http://oi55.tinypic.com/29c9hth.jpg

Yes, Zurich is a good idea for SriLankan. But SriLankan is currently looking to launch flights to Moscow. Not sure Domodedovo (DME) or Sheremetyevo (SVO). I will update more details soon.

See the good looking website of SriLankan's FlySmiles : http://www.flysmiles.com/

Does any body know why still Guangzhou Flight Schedule is still missing in www.srilankan.aero. According to Amadeus, 1st flight to Guangzhou on the 28th Jan 2011. In just 5 days from today ;)

Kflyer
21-02-2011, 09:34 PM
Don't think they can make most of the routes work. I am also not confident that they'll launch MOW. CAN not appearing online is an example of the airline's ignorance. And 320 can fly 4h 50min. But I believe this route needs ETOPS, hence may take longer and incur a payload penalty.

Freqflyer
21-02-2011, 09:35 PM
Hi guys,

There is a thread on Airliners.net abt Srilankan in discussion with ILFC about the 6th A340-300..

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5047592/

Any one got any leads as to the latest info on that?

Y more A340-300's? There are 2 more A330-200's parked that were former livingston Engergy flight's Aircrafts. They could pick those up instead of bringing another A340...

What else do they have on the fleet upgrade plans??? any body got more info??? I know 1 more used A320 and 3 Brand new ones coming into the fleet.. any other than that??

FREQflyER

CalgaryLankan
21-02-2011, 09:36 PM
Hi guys,

There is a thread on Airliners.net abt Srilankan in discussion with ILFC about the 6th A340-300..

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5047592/

Any one got any leads as to the latest info on that?

Y more A340-300's? There are 2 more A330-200's parked that were former livingston Engergy flight's Aircrafts. They could pick those up instead of bringing another A340...

What else do they have on the fleet upgrade plans??? any body got more info??? I know 1 more used A320 and 3 Brand new ones coming into the fleet.. any other than that??

FREQflyER

MSN 381 is 10 year old ..... hope they can find a newer birds......passengers are already complaining about aging fleet.

Kflyer
21-02-2011, 09:37 PM
While I dislike the A340 from an economics point of view and believe that UL is better off with 330s, I'm sure this has been a sweet deal. They were looking for a widebody to aid Moscow launch. Although they've got two more 320s already planned for delivery. So does anybody know whether this is for expansion or replacement ? A delivery next month is in very short notice and an expansion is indeed not reflected in reservation. This should be 4R-ADG. Quite sad if it'll be 4R-ADA, Asia's first A340, that is leaving. Has many nice memories with it.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:38 PM
SriLankan Airlines 1st Flight to Guangzhou

http://oi54.tinypic.com/2yyz8ud.jpg

SriLankan Airlines’ first flight to the Chinese city of Guangzhou took place in the early hours of Friday, January 28, 2011, expanding our global route network to 50 destinations in 31 countries. We bring you scenes at Bandaranaike International Airport moments before the flight, with religious ceremonies taking place at the Araliya Lounge. Those on board the first flight include Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe, several members of the Board of Directors, and members of the Senior Management Team.

http://oi56.tinypic.com/n4cxzr.jpg

Source: FB UL Crew

umedhah
21-02-2011, 09:39 PM
MSN 381 is 10 year old ..... hope they can find a newer birds......passengers are already complaining about aging fleet.

Nice to see another 343 in our fleet.... any plans to replace our ADA,ADB? Hope not sooner? Coz South East Asia's 1st bird is ADA

lordvader
21-02-2011, 09:40 PM
Well the following site says that SriLankan will replace its A343 fleet from the end of 2010 with newer A343s (which seems to indicate that ADA will be replaced). That said UL's plans change a lot and it may need another widebody to expand its long haul flights.
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/02/19/338607/srilankan-taps-skytrax-for-study-as-refurbishment-plan.html

BTW sorry I took so long to join this forum, been quite busy since December.

Kflyer
21-02-2011, 09:40 PM
@umedhah @longranger ADA is Asia's 1st. And ADB,C 2nd and 3rd. All existing five are presently on sked up to April. ILFC has not disclosed a delivery date.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:41 PM
Thanks, Kflyer. I have found the picture of 4R-ADG (http://www.planespotting.net/fleetlist/photolist.php?registration=4R-ADG&airline=Emirates&aircraft=Airbus%20A340-300&r=117020) on Planespotting.net, which was taken in 2004. What actually happened to this aircraft now ? As far as I know SriLankan Airlines has A340s on regs : ADA, ADB, ADC, ADE and ADF. Unfortunately ADD destroyed in Terrorism.

lordvader
21-02-2011, 09:42 PM
Thanks, Kflyer. I have found the picture of 4R-ADG (http://www.planespotting.net/fleetlist/photolist.php?registration=4R-ADG&airline=Emirates&aircraft=Airbus%20A340-300&r=117020) on Planespotting.net, which was taken in 2004. What actually happened to this aircraft now ? As far as I know SriLankan Airlines has A340s on regs : ADA, ADB, ADC, ADE and ADF. Unfortunately ADD destroyed in Terrorism.

Yeh what is this aircraft? Is it a photoshopped image?

CalgaryLankan
21-02-2011, 09:43 PM
Yeh what is this aircraft? Is it a photoshopped image?

Probably this is 4R-ADC where C looks like G due to some artifact in the picture. ADG was never recorded in the history except this one place.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:44 PM
According to Kflyer's statement in A.Net, MSN381 is currently undergoing pre-delivery refurbishment at XMN.

PIA Pakistan (PK) plans to resume Malι and operate it with Colombo as Triangular flights.

As per SABRE Flight Systems, SriLankan increases Karachi flights from four weekly to five weekly effective 27 March 2011.

Crystal Thai Airlines plans to operate Bangkok to Colombo to Dubai route soon. Does Colombo to Dubai route still have an enough bileteral to increase flights ?

Kflyer
21-02-2011, 09:45 PM
CMB now has live flight info on website. Still hidden deep within. UL511 in op in S11, day 3 0905 CMB dep.

umedhah
21-02-2011, 09:48 PM
Looks Like a B773

Serendib
21-02-2011, 09:51 PM
UL flies to new destinations soon - http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/02/06/new36.asp

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:51 PM
@ LiangHKG - Firstly of all I wish you a Happy Chinese NewYear. Thanks for posting the picture of MSN 381 from TAECO Maintanance base in Xiamen. I think the picture you posted probably shoted prior repainting as some of the windows are covered in plastic. Do you know when MSN 381 will be repainted in SriLankan Airlines livery ? or is it already done ?

@ Serendib - SriLankan already has started Guangzhou flights on the 28th January 2011.

Interesting to know SriLankan is once again planning to re-commence Australia flights (i think the reporter meant re-commencement in 2011). Do you think SriLankan can make this in real ? BTW SriLankan said they will launch Moscow flights once they have obtained the additional widebody? Does anybody have an update on this ?

Whats happening with 4R-ABL ?

shamilka
21-02-2011, 09:52 PM
Is their enough room to handle those aircraft's at CMB? It's getting Busy right... I'm living just about 300 meters away from the runway! I can hear alot of aircrafts taking off & landing...! I don't think that they have any Idea about building a new terminal! any Idea about that?

Aviational
21-02-2011, 09:53 PM
I am wondering why the major airlines in Europe,have still not started flying to BIA.
Airlines like,British airways,Air France,Lufthansa,Aeroflot,KLM.

Any news on the above Airlines

dream787
21-02-2011, 09:54 PM
http://aviamaintenance.blogspot.com/ aviation maintenance blog.....this got both avionic and mechanical theories

banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:55 PM
SriLankan to add an A340; order for A320 confirmed

http://airlineindustryreview.com/srilankan-to-add-an-a340-order-for-a320-confirmed/

lordvader
21-02-2011, 09:56 PM
Any idea why SriLankan got aircraft with CFM engines from Sahaab if they are ordering more IAE A320s? Also is UL going to replace their older A340s with newer ones? There dont seem to be very many newer A343s on the market now (theyve already snapped up one of the better ones from CX). Also I noted that four of the A343s are owned by Veling. Does that mean that when it comes to fleet replacement they will have to replace all 4 (even though one is newer)?

Freqflyer
21-02-2011, 09:57 PM
@lordvader

Srilankan's Brand new A320's are all CFM engines.. as per planespotters.net

http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Airbus/A320/4694,4R--SriLankan-Airlines.php

I spoke with a lot of A320 pilots who say that the CFM engines are the best on the A320 performance wise.. I hope they stick with em.. instead of the IAE engines... Look what happened to Kingfisher Airlines... They had 9 of their A320 fleet grounded for some time.. all IAE powered.

1 more A320-214 from Sahaab... then the 3 Brand new ones from Airbus comes online by end of 2011.

As per the A340 from Cathay... I dont know what they will do to the interior... maybe they can change.. who knows.. the A340 4R-ADE/ADF are going in for Refurbishment on the month of May.. Srilankan did not change the interiors from the Ex BMI A330.. which seats 18/236 whereas the rest of the A330 configurations are 12/275.

BTW can anybody enlighten me as to how many widebody A340/330 is Srilankan planning to induct? and also how many more A320's they are planning on after the 3 new ones from Airbus? Any A321's in the near future???? isnt their goal to be a 25 plane fleet by 2015?

Also other than the flatbed seating on Business class, are the aircrafts getting new economy class seats???

@Kflyer: pls..pls..pls.. next time u mention about UL launching Moscow pls say DME or SVO which are the proper identification for the 2 most popular Moscow airports.. It would look better instead of MOW... Just my opinion..

freqflyer

lordvader
21-02-2011, 09:58 PM
@lordvader

Srilankan's Brand new A320's are all CFM engines.. as per planespotters.net

http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Airbus/A320/4694,4R--SriLankan-Airlines.php

freqflyer

Planespotters isnt a reliable source, since anyone can enter details on their page. CAPA (Centre of Asia Pacific Aviation) states that the 3 new A320s are IAE engined and are owned by Air Lease Corp.

https://www.centreforaviation.com/profiles/airlines/sri-lankan-airlines-ul

KFlyer, on his site states the same info. Check Banuthev's post above for info.

It will be interesting to see how they reconfig their existing A340 fleet and whether the first 3 (ADA-C) will be replaced anytime soon.

Kflyer
21-02-2011, 09:58 PM
IAE is not that faulty. Not a bad choice. ABK is currently running at about 8/9h daily utilization - which is considerably low. I have no idea where can they profitably deploy three more unless they strategically plan and assign them to routes. ADG is an addition, not a replacement. If I knew which MOW was it, I would've told. But it has to be DME.

Freqflyer
21-02-2011, 09:59 PM
Interview with Nishantha Wickremasinghe, Chairman of SriLankan Airlines:
http://businesstoday.lk/article.php?article=3105

Interview with Manoj Gunawardena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines:
http://businesstoday.lk/article.php?article=3107

Judging from the above 2 articles..

I see more flights to Pakistan, India, and other regional destinations.. increase in frequencies and new additions..I foresee a daily ops into Karachi and more destinations in Pakistan.. More points in South India Madurai (there was a news paper article on a UL team in Madurai), Increase frequencies to Trichy, MAA, BLR.. I think the article stated that they wanted to increase flights into BOM and DEL... may see a relaunch into CJB, HYD and as per the article they say they can fly into more points into India and revisit some of the destinations they shut down.

3 new A320's- BAH,DOH,MCT should see increase in frequencies.

The above articles by the Chairman and CEO make me say this.

Do you guys think that the UL 316 CMB-SIN-KUL-CMB flight that departs CMB at midnight will be broken into CMB-SIN-CMB and CMB-KUL-CMB using the new A320 and see increase in frequencies to daily services??? This move if they do it can free up 1 wide body aircraft as well.. this could possibly mean that the afternoon TRZ flight can go double daily as Tamil Nadu citizens love going to Singapore and would not mind connecting via CMB both ways.

@lordvader- Thanks for the details... I will not use planespotters.net to quote from here on...

@kflyer- Ha Ha Ha.. i agree with you on that.. i think it should be DME as SVO is mostly Aeroflot ops...

are they refurbishing Economy class as well? Any possibilities of the A321??? my only questions that were not looked at...


Freqflyer

CalgaryLankan
21-02-2011, 10:00 PM
The second Srilankan Air Taxi twotter is in preparation at Calgary International Airport.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wee_in_yyc/5443580328

Photo courtesy of Wee in YYC....

Kflyer
21-02-2011, 10:01 PM
The second Srilankan Air Taxi twotter is in preparation at Calgary International Airport.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wee_in_yyc/5443580328

Photo courtesy of Wee in YYC....

Not even the first one is in operation ! Wasting money.

CalgaryLankan
21-02-2011, 10:03 PM
With Cricket WC around the corner just curious about how all the Cricket teams are hopping between cities and countries? Are they using regular scheduled flights or any charters being provided?

May be fans around CMB will see some new birds if there are charters. How is teams traveling to Kandy and Hambantota? via road or flying?

banuthev
21-02-2011, 10:04 PM
@ FreqFlyer - It appears to be MOW will be the next new destination after COK resumption. CAPA says UL is re-starting Australia flights in 2012.

@ CalgaryLankan - According to UL website, Luxury Coaches are in service between Kandy and Hambantota inorder to transport the Cricket Fans. I will find out if there is any international charters are operating for Cricket Worldcup.

@ Kflyer - Could you please tell us how is the pax-load on UL's CAN flights ?

Why C-FBBA has not been started its schedule service yet ? Is it because of its charter operation for Galle Literary Festival, Cricket World cup ... Any idea when C-GLKB would be leaving YYC ?

CalgaryLankan
21-02-2011, 10:05 PM
@ FreqFlyer - It appears to be MOW will be the next new destination after COK resumption. CAPA says UL is re-starting Australia flights in 2012.

@ CalgaryLankan - According to UL website, Luxury Coaches are in service between Kandy and Hambantota inorder to transport the Cricket Fans. I will find out if there is any international charters are operating for Cricket Worldcup.

@ Kflyer - Could you please tell us how is the pax-load on UL's CAN flights ?

Why C-FBBA has not been started its schedule service yet ? Is it because of its charter operation for Galle Literary Festival, Cricket World cup ... Any idea when C-GLKB would be leaving YYC ?

Thanks Banu ...

C-GLKB ferry flight is delayed until mid March - due to request from UL.

banuthev
21-02-2011, 10:06 PM
Air Arabia increases Colombo flights from 10 weekly to 12 weekly effective 20 February 2011. Meaning Colombo Service operates on One Daily in Early hours and Tu, We, Th, Fr, Su in the evening. Also G9's Colombo flight numbers are changing in Summer 2011 as G9503/4 and G9505/6.

Mihin Lanka's Dubai flights are up from 6 to 7 weekly and Kuwait flights are up from 4 to 5 weekly in 28 March 2011. Therefore Colombo to Kuwait flight (MJ403/4) will operate on days Mo, Tu, Th, Fr & Sa via DXB. On the remaining two days MJ401/2 will operate only as Colombo to Dubai to Colombo.

Mihin Lanka Online Booking is down due to the Maintanance.

more Summer 2011 update comes soon ...

lordvader
21-02-2011, 10:06 PM
With business booming for SriLankan from increased tourist and other arrivals to the country, aircraft manufacturers aggressively peddling their merchandise in Colombo and the frontrunner according to aviation insiders this time is America’s Boeing.

http://www.nation.lk/2011/02/20/news1.htm

lordvader
21-02-2011, 10:07 PM
Ready for flights next year: Mattala int'l airport takes shape

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/02/20/fea09.asp

Abbas Ali
21-02-2011, 10:12 PM
After a gap of more than three years, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) resumed flights for Colombo, Sri Lanka, on February 19, 2011. PIA will operate thrice-a-week non-stop service between Karachi and Colombo on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The flight PK-874 on February 19 was operated with an Airbus A310-300

PTV News report about flight operated on February 19.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thnPJ29MJx0

Abbas

ULA330
22-02-2011, 07:48 AM
Boeing may win SriLankan 777 order. Boeing is the front runner to win a new wide-body order from SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka’s The Nation reported Sunday.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/2011/02/21/boeing-may-win-srilankan-777-order-the-nation/

ULA330
22-02-2011, 07:48 AM
This is fantastic news! To see a Boeing 777 aircraft would be something we can be proud of since it's a very popular and efficient aircraft.

lordvader
22-02-2011, 10:47 PM
What 777 models are they looking at? Im assuming maybe 773ERs and a few used 772ERs in the interim. IMHO they could potentially replace the A343 fleet with a combination of A333s and 773ERs. Could UL also get 772LRs to do a direct service to America/Canada?

banuthev
24-02-2011, 09:26 PM
Oman Air - Colombo and Male service sees 1 extra weekly flight on WY371 service, operating on Mondays, therefore overall service between Colombo and Male increases to 5 weekly starting 6th June 2011. Oman Air is also operating 1 weekly Muscat to Colombo to Muscat using B73J.

SriLankan's Kochi flights are re-starting from 28-March-2011. It will be a daily service using A320.

How Should SriLankan’s 777-200ER be configured (http://airlineindustryreview.com/how-should-srilankans-777-200er-be-configured/) - by Kflyer


more updates coming soon ...

Shakeel
25-02-2011, 06:01 AM
This is fantastic news! To see a Boeing 777 aircraft would be something we can be proud of since it's a very popular and efficient aircraft.

Appreciate some realistic pictures that would give better image of whats happening on ground.

LukeSkywalker
25-02-2011, 06:02 AM
Appreciate some realistic pictures that would give better image of whats happening on ground.

The whole thing does really make any sense at all. If this story was true you have to think that Boeing is in a really desperate situation to be peddling second hand planes to now what is a third class ariline... and Boeing is NOT desperate..... It would make sense if they tried to pitch the 787 atleaset....

Secondly whatever the armchair aviation experts here have to say the A340 is still an efficient plane and suits UL's needs perfectly for the routes they are serving. They need to think of the 777 should they want to serve the Americas........... which they are not going to in the near future.

It does not make sense for UL to order 777s and bear the associated infrastructure costs with it when the 777 is essentially going to be outdated and go the A340 way in around 10 years time. The best option for UL for the short term future is do what they are doing now; lease newer A340-330X frames which are essentially 10 years old or so and phase out the older ones. On a long term goal they can think about leasing A350-900s (I don't think UL will be in a position to be ordering planes outright for a couple of more years). Going the A350 way suits UL... they already have the infrastructure and the pilots don't have to be type certified....

umedhah
26-02-2011, 07:47 AM
Bilateral agreements have been signed to strengthen civil aviation services between Sri Lanka and Britain.

http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/5919-bilateral-agreements-have-been-signed-to-strengthen-civil-aviation-services-between-sri-lanka-and-britain- (http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/5919-bilateral-agreements-have-been-signed-to-strengthen-civil-aviation-services-between-sri-lanka-and-britain)

Serendib
26-02-2011, 10:23 PM
SriLankan Airlines secure more frequencies to UK. Moves to fly to Canada on the cards

banuthev
26-02-2011, 11:39 PM
Managing Director PIA Capt. Nadeem Yousufzai said that Pakistan is intends to initiate a flight to Colombo from Lahore and that he had held talks with Sri Lankan Civil Aviation officials in this respect.

Mihin Lanka launches new Flight Booking Engine. Access it via : http://fly.mihinlanka.com

Jazeera Airways A320 9K-CAA (2569) will be ferried from Kuwait City to Amman late Feb 2011 prior to delivery to SriLankan as 4R-ABL.



more updates coming soon ...

Serendib
02-03-2011, 07:22 PM
SriLankan Airlines continues to expand its global route network, with increases in capacity starting in March to Karachi, Bahrain, Doha and Muscat, and the launch of a daily service to Kochi. Just last November, SriLankan increased capacity across its network in support of Sri Lanka's rapidly expanding tourism industry which is enjoying good times following the permanent end to a 30-year war. Tourist arrivals grew by 46% in 2010.

http://print.dailymirror.lk/business/127-local/37167.html

Serendib
02-03-2011, 07:22 PM
Sri Lankan Airlines to re-start Kochi service, up capacity to Middle East

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=217133263

uthum
03-03-2011, 02:32 AM
Will Sri lankan be flying to Toronto,Canada this Year,Am waiting for a good news

Serendib
04-03-2011, 05:29 AM
A streamline programme to develop the aviation service. http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/5981-a-streamline-programme-to-develop-the-aviation-service-

Sri Lanka is to commence air services for several new destinations http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/5985-sri-lanka-is-to-commence-air-services-for-several-new-destinations

Serendib
04-03-2011, 05:29 AM
The Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament Chamal Rajapaksa says that the new international airport that is being built in Mattala in the Hambanthota District of Sri Lanka's Southern Province will open 1,500 direct and 50,000 indirect job opportunities.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/Mar04_1299208903KA.php

uthum
04-03-2011, 02:54 PM
Will Sri lankan be flying Toronto(yyz) this year?

uthum
04-03-2011, 02:56 PM
I know that they are going to operate flights to Canada via London

uthum
04-03-2011, 03:03 PM
Air France & Lufthansa will be operating flights to Colombo

CalgaryLankan
04-03-2011, 03:21 PM
Air France & Lufthansa will be operating flights to Colombo

uwe1994; Please indicate your source of information. Nothing reported by Air France or Lufthansa or any other media forums???????

banuthev
04-03-2011, 08:53 PM
Under the latest revision of Sri Lanka - UK bilateral, SriLankan has received seven extra rights to UK, while at the same time receiving 5th freedom rights for a daily flight between UK and Canada. (Source : Kflyer)

SriLankan is now waiting for a Sri Lanka - Canada Air-bileteral agreement is to be signed, which is currently on the discussion between Sri Lanka - Canada Authorities.

@ uwe1994 - SriLankan says Colombo - London - Toronto (YYZ) route will commence within 2011. I will post here when I get more information.

uthum
05-03-2011, 02:57 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_destinations#Terminated_destinations, just saw it @ wikipedia,But I know that their information are not 100% correct

uthum
05-03-2011, 02:57 AM
The Mihin Lanka Air Lines is being developed on a systematic basis.

http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/5994-the-mihin-lanka-air-lines-is-being-developed-on-a-systematic-basis

uthum
05-03-2011, 02:57 AM
Sri Lanka expands refuelling facility at new airport

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=827181690

uthum
05-03-2011, 02:57 AM
SriLankan Airlines would fly to Toronto for the first time from October this year.

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/03/06/new21.asp

uthum
06-03-2011, 02:41 AM
So UL is going to commence daily flights to Toronto,wow good to have Sri lakan in a far west country like Canda!
I cant wait until October.....................

CalgaryLankan
06-03-2011, 04:23 AM
Great news indeed. Is there any existing bilateral agreement between Canada and SL?

lordvader
06-03-2011, 11:05 AM
Ready for take-off in December 2012: Mattala int'l airport to breathe new life for Hambantota

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/03/06/fea08.asp

lordvader
06-03-2011, 11:07 AM
Following on the footsteps of the Boeing sales pitch made to woo SriLankan for its 777 passenger aircraft in January the rival European Airbus put on a marathon selling session of its own products on Friday at the Colombo Hilton.

http://www.nation.lk/2011/03/06/news6.htm

CalgaryLankan
07-03-2011, 05:07 PM
Pakistan International Airlines starting 29MAR11 is reducing operation and capacity on its recently resumed Karachi – Colombo service.

The flight was resumed on 19FEB11, operating 3 times a week with Airbus A310. However, this changes to 2 weekly Boeing 737 aircraft from 29MAR11. Accompanied with the aircraft change, Business Class service will also be canceled.

Schedule below:

PK874 KHI1400 – 1800CMB 737 26
PK875 CMB1850 – 2145KHI 737 26

Source: Airlineroutes

CalgaryLankan
07-03-2011, 05:16 PM
Edelweiss Air resuming flights to CMB via Male

Zurich – Male – Colombo – Zurich Service operates 2 weekly. 1 of 2 weekly service operates opposite routing
LX8068 ZRH1640 – 0645+1CMB0745+1 – 0850+1MLE1020+1 – 1645+1ZRH 333 5
LX8062 ZRH1840 – 0805+1MLE0935+1 – 1140+1CMB1240+1 – 1905ZRH 333 1

banuthev
07-03-2011, 09:25 PM
PK's CMB flight reduction is surprising me a bit. PK said that they will increase KHI-CMB flights to 5 weekly and launch LHE-CMB flights in 2011. Source (http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/02/27/fin02.asp).

@ Longranger - Yes, LX is codesharing on CMB route as per agreement Oct 08 (http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2008/11/02/fin20.asp). WK flight numbers in Winter 2011 are to be WK62 and WK68.

@ Lordvader - A333 is a best choice for UL's CMB-FCO, MXP, NRT, China routes. However UL needs long range aircraft (B777) for routes like LON ...

@ CalgaryLankan - Any news when C-GLKB leaving YYC ? Any more pictures ?

CalgaryLankan
07-03-2011, 10:53 PM
@ CalgaryLankan - Any news when C-GLKB leaving YYC ? Any more pictures ?

The aircraft is ready, but it seems UL is delaying the delivery due to some readiness issues at their end. My understanding is still these aircrafts are operating from Koggala which may not be practical. Maye be they are dragging until the local govt elections are over. As someone else commented, even C-FBBA is not being fully utilized. The fisherman protest seems to be one part, but overall poorly planned project. Sad thing is whether used or not,they need to pay owners bills for the lease.

CalgaryLankan
07-03-2011, 11:06 PM
On UL's plans for Toronto, as a Sri Lankan living in Canada, I love to see UL flights to Toronto, but I am think UL must first regain lost markets like ZRH, AMS, SYD/MEL. Right now people in North America does not have lot of connection options from Europe. Flights to YYZ will not mean everybody in Canada or eastern US will fly to YYZ to catch UL flight to CMB via LHR. Just my personal opinion......

skyline
08-03-2011, 05:31 AM
381 is currently being painted - so should be for delivery later this month or maybe early apr11.
2569 is still in svc with Jazeera - so earliest delivery for apr11.

Kflyer
08-03-2011, 05:44 AM
MSN381 was always planned for an April EIS.
As far as I am aware, C-FBBA is not operating any revenue service.
An A333 cannot do CMB-NRT without a penalty.

SLAA
08-03-2011, 06:20 AM
Edelweiss Air resuming flights to CMB via Male

Zurich – Male – Colombo – Zurich Service operates 2 weekly. 1 of 2 weekly service operates opposite routing
LX8068 ZRH1640 – 0645+1CMB0745+1 – 0850+1MLE1020+1 – 1645+1ZRH 333 5
LX8062 ZRH1840 – 0805+1MLE0935+1 – 1140+1CMB1240+1 – 1905ZRH 333 1

Nice!! If it's the A333, then it's their newest aircraft which came into operation on the 1st of this March!! Hmm sounds like they're expecting Sri Lanka and the Maldives to be a priority market, even though it's only twice a week.

shakthi
09-03-2011, 09:22 AM
Anybody aware any plans from srilankan airlines to start direct flights to australia?

shakthi
09-03-2011, 09:22 AM
SriLankans will fly to Toronto, Canada for the first time from October. The Airlines will fly seven times per week with a stopover in London’s Heathrow.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/03/09/news03.asp

Serendib
11-03-2011, 05:57 AM
Sri Lanka government abandons Negombo lagoon sea plane project

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/Mar09_1299646253KA.php

banuthev
11-03-2011, 06:10 AM
Great news !!! SriLankan Airlines to fly YYZ to serve the large Sri Lankan population in Canada. But ... does any body know if Sri Lanka has completed the bilateral negotiations (air) with a Canadian Authorities ? Secondly I doubt that SriLankan could increase London Heathrow flights to 21 weekly because of a slot problems ... It makes me think some of the London flights would be operated to London Gatwick.

@ SLAA - Edelweiss Air resuming Colombo flights on the 1st November 2011 until 23 March 2012. Good to hear brand new A333 (http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7057597) to be used in CMB route.

uthum
11-03-2011, 04:08 PM
It's good if UL fly YYZ via Gatwik,Because there are no flights to to Canada via Gatwik,as I know BA operated some flights to Toronto from Gatwik,but now they have ceased their operations from LGW.If UL is planing to fly via LGW :)that's a vice decisions,
:o

uthum
11-03-2011, 04:08 PM
SriLankan Airlines Middle East S11 Changes

http://airlineroute.net/2011/03/09/ul-bahdohmct-s11/

Kflyer
12-03-2011, 02:18 PM
As per a source at UL media dept, they will not operate services to YYZ but will instead codeshare. I cannot confirm or deny this, but it sounds more likely.

banuthev
12-03-2011, 11:23 PM
@ Kflyer - Yes, it is sounds like UL will codeshare, with AC via LHR. Operate the own aircraft to YYZ will be costlier for UL but codeshare also will provide UL-pax to fly more points in Canada in one-stop transit. UL now need to find more slots in LHR as far as I know LHR is the only UK destination for AC. At the same time it will be better if UL provide nonstop flights to LHR instead of operate some flights via MLE. May be UL flights which operate via MLE could be operated to LGW.

umedhah
13-03-2011, 08:08 AM
Nice!!!! when will the new 320 coming???

banuthev
13-03-2011, 03:38 PM
@ Umedhah - A new A320 - MSN4694 was planned for the delivery in June 2011 as airbus's aircraft deliveries now have only reached upto 4636 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hertsman_images/5512141283/sizes/l/in/photostream/). An A320 assembly takes about a month. Therefore we can expect the delivery of MSN4694 on the already planned date. MSN2569 is due for last week of March-2011 as same as MSN381.

As you know MSN2569 is going to allow UL to resume COK and to expand capacity on BAH and MCT. Does any body know how MSN4694 will be utilised ? Any chance of de-link the current DXB-KWI and KUL-SIN ?

uthum
13-03-2011, 03:59 PM
Does any one think Sri lankan will have code sharing agreements with VIRGIN ATLANTIC to serve Toronto,via LHR
as I know Virgin Atlantis is working to fly Toronto:confused::confused::confused:

Kflyer
14-03-2011, 06:30 AM
UL launches MOW eff Dec

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-networker/2011/03/exclusive-srilankan-airlines-to-launch-moscow-from-december.html

Any c/s to YYZ is likely AC

uthum
14-03-2011, 06:34 AM
http://www.airhighways.com/virgin_atlantic.htm

Kflyer
14-03-2011, 07:28 AM
@longranger the original article has been updated. Plus, while fully copy pasting an article from another site causes Google to penalise this forum, it is also illegal to do so. I am alright with that, but better to copy paste only excerpts the next time.
@skyteam you should ask from UL skeds planning dept ;-)

CalgaryLankan
14-03-2011, 02:36 PM
Any talk of UL starting its service to ZRH and AMS? These were popular routes before 2001 and specifically good connections to North American destinations with much preferred transit facilities than LHR or CDG.

Did Emirates grabbed these routes?

banuthev
14-03-2011, 10:00 PM
@ Kflyer - If I am not mistaken UL will operate DME with 3 weekly not 4, as per Amadeus (http://www.amadeus.net/plnext/meb/TimeTable.action?SITE=BCEUBCEU&LANGUAGE=GB). Is UL531 flying with 2nd Freedom rights ? because it has not listed in the CMB-AUH flight schedule and it does not seems to be it has local rights between AUH-DME ?

Oman Air is increasing Colombo Flights from 5 weekly to Daily, effective 1st June 2011. WY flights are WY371 (MCT-CMB-MLE-MCT) using A332/3 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. WY374/5 (MCT-CMB-MCT) using B73J on Wednesdays and Sundays. WY381 (MCT-MLE-CMB-MCT) using A332/3 on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Source (http://www.omanair.com/wy/plan-and-book/flight-schedule/pdf-schedules).

Kflyer
15-03-2011, 01:48 AM
@ Kflyer - If I am not mistaken UL will operate DME with 3 weekly not 4, as per Amadeus (http://www.amadeus.net/plnext/meb/TimeTable.action?SITE=BCEUBCEU&LANGUAGE=GB). Is UL531 flying with 2nd Freedom rights ? because it has not listed in the CMB-AUH flight schedule and it does not seems to be it has local rights between AUH-DME ?

Yes, now showing three weekly. They will likely have 5th freedom ex AUH. The timings are due to be changed anyway hence discrepancies.

Kflyer
15-03-2011, 05:24 AM
Extra European flights by UL

http://airlineindustryreview.com/srilankan-airlines-winter-european-expansinon/

banuthev
15-03-2011, 06:47 AM
@ Kflyer,

Thanks. Why UL's long-haul expansion has delayed to W11/12 when MSN381 join in the fleet in April 2011 ? Is it because of the three A343s are likely to go under refurbishment until Dec 11, as you mentioned in A.Net ?

UL567 in W11 stays in CDG for only an hour. Does not it too short for long-haul flight ?

DE is increasing CMB flights to 2 weekly, from FRA, in W11/12. Operates on Tue & Sun. Wish if DE restarts CMB flights to MUC, DUS, TXL ...

xyzpoosa
15-03-2011, 07:16 AM
Sri Lanka-Japan have agreed to amend the schedule attached to the Agreement between the two governments for Air Services.

Please find the News here..

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/Mar15_1300165818CH.php

Kflyer
15-03-2011, 12:12 PM
@ Kflyer,

Thanks. Why UL's long-haul expansion has delayed to W11/12 when MSN381 join in the fleet in April 2011 ? Is it because of the three A343s are likely to go under refurbishment until Dec 11, as you mentioned in A.Net ?

UL567 in W11 stays in CDG for only an hour. Does not it too short for long-haul flight ?

DE is increasing CMB flights to 2 weekly, from FRA, in W11/12. Operates on Tue & Sun. Wish if DE restarts CMB flights to MUC, DUS, TXL ...

I believe 343s are due for checks. Yes, too short, probably due to unavailable slots, hence the added 20 mins buffer to flight time.

banuthev
16-03-2011, 06:39 AM
Biman Bangladesh (BG) plans DAC-MLE-CMB-DAC route in Winter 2011/12. source : Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOT-OST-1995-488-0011.1). [see page nr : 21 of 63]

CalgaryLankan
16-03-2011, 02:52 PM
Ukraine international Kiev - AUH - CMB will be year-around service (Source airline route)

PS383 KBP1420 – 2020AUH2120 – 0315+1CMB 738 37
PS384 CMB0415 – 0810AUH0930 – 1355KBP 738 14

CalgaryLankan
16-03-2011, 02:52 PM
SriLankan Airlines today said it would recommence operations from Kochi by operating daily flights from Mar 27 and was also looking to resume services to Kozhikode and Hyderabad by the end of this year or early next year, a top official of the airline said.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article1543731.ece . (Source The Hindu Business Line)

Cayman
16-03-2011, 09:19 PM
Any news on UL's plans to buy / lease B777s?

uthum
17-03-2011, 11:21 AM
What has happened to Sri Lankan's plan to fly Toronto,Canada
seems they have gave up that & working to get UL to Moscow :( :eek:

lordvader
17-03-2011, 01:00 PM
What has happened to Sri Lankan's plan to fly Toronto,Canada
seems they have gave up that & working to get UL to Moscow :( :eek:

SriLankan always intended to start serving Moscow and additional Indian destinations before starting Toronto. In fact the latest rumour is that SriLankan will codeshare with AC instead of flying there with their own planes.

Cayman
18-03-2011, 03:52 AM
Is LHR one of those airports (like SIN) where you are supposed to go through security all over again, even if you are getting back on the same plane that you came in?

If this is the case, changing to an AC plance would not be a lot of additional inconvenience for Toronto bound passengers.

However, if LHR allows the passengers to remain on-board (like CMB or DXB), then the passengers would prefer if the same plane continues the second leg.

lordvader
19-03-2011, 10:03 AM
A couple of Ukrainian sites are reporting that Mihin may fly to Ukraine. Ive posted a translation of one site:

http://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=uk&u=http://ua.korrespondent.net/business/1195613-i-v-ukrayinu-mozhut-rozpochati-poloti-tri-loukost-aviakompaniyi&ei=zH6ETZ6cHYS3cPPWlYgD&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://ua.korrespondent.net/business/1195613-i-v-ukrayinu-mozhut-rozpochati-poloti-tri-loukost-aviakompaniyi%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26prmd%3Divns

lordvader
19-03-2011, 10:03 AM
China Eastern S11 = Kunming – Colombo – Male 3 weekly Boeing 737 service continues operation (source: airlineroute)

uthum
19-03-2011, 12:29 PM
A couple of Ukrainian sites are reporting that Mihin may fly to Ukraine. Ive posted a translation of one site:

I cant believe this,can a budget airline like MJ reach such a distant destination?????????
are they going to be a full frills airline??

banuthev
20-03-2011, 09:48 PM
@ Uwe1994 - MJ is already a full frill LCC airline, as far as I know. Source (http://www.mihinlanka.com/on-board-service.htm). I doubt that CMB-KBP route has got enough yield also competition comes from PS as it is presently operating two weekly out of CMB. Even though if MJ has decided to fly KBP they will extend the two weekly CMB-DXB flight, using A321. I would recommend MJ to fly CMB-KWI-BEY route, which was operated by UL in 2000/1.

@ Cayman - I havnt heard anything about UL leasing B777, yet. In my opinion UL need a couple of B772ERs as an addition. Ageing A343s could be replaced when B787 or A350 are become available.

@ CalgaryLankan & Longranger - Thanks for posting the updates of PS and MU. It is definately a good news that they are continuing to fly out of CMB. I am glad that they did not discontinue the CMB flights unlike OK and CY.

As per 20-Mar GDS Timetable Display, Air India (AI) starts Chennai to Colombo flights from 27 March 2011. MAA Departure : 14:15 - CMB Arrival : 15:35 - CMB Departure : 16:35 - MAA Arrival - 18:00, Flight Number : AI273/4. Days of Operation : 1,2,4,5,6,7. A321 aircraft.

uthum
21-03-2011, 04:56 PM
I didn't know Mahan air is operating flights from Tehran to Colombo

Mahan Air 747 to Colombo

Iran’s Mahan Air currently operates Boeing 747-400 aircraft on 1 weekly Tehran – Colombo service. Schedule as follows:

W51073 IKA1200 – 1830CMB 744 5
W51072 CMB2030 – 0115+1IKA 744 5

http://airlineroute.net/2010/03/19/w5-cmb/

banuthev
22-03-2011, 06:34 AM
@ Uwe1994 - Thanks. Presently, W5-Web and GDS does not show any direct flights between Iran and CMB. BTW the timetable you posted was valid between 19 Mar 2010 – 02 Apr 2010 for W5-Charter. But in the past W5 operated 3 weekly schedule flights from Bandar Abbas (BND) to Colombo (CMB) and after terminated.

FlyDubai (FZ) has increased Colombo flights from 4 to 5 weekly from 16th Feb 2011.

UL to continue NRT flights with no interruption. News (http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/front-page-news/38936.html).

CalgaryLankan
23-03-2011, 05:55 PM
Oman Air - increasing service to CMB from 5 per week to daily service; (source - airlineroute.net)

Muscat – Colombo eff 01JUN11 Service further increase from 4 weekly to Daily. Previously the airline planned to increase flight to 6 weekly, along with Male in the Maldives (Male increase from 4 to 5 weekly)

WY373 MCT0145 – 0720CMB 738 3
WY373 MCT1000 – 1535CMB 738 7

WY374 CMB0820 – 1050MCT 738 3
WY374 CMB1635 – 1905MCT 738 7

WY371 MCT0025 – 0600CMB0725 – 0800MLE0900 – 1130MCT 332 1
WY371 MCT0025 – 0600CMB0725 – 0800MLE0900 – 1130MCT 333 45
WY381 MCT1030 – 1515MLE1615 – 1815CMB1945 – 2215MCT 333 26

CalgaryLankan
23-03-2011, 05:55 PM
Air India Returns to Sri Lanka
http://nycaviation.com/2011/03/air-india-returns-to-sri-lanka/

banuthev
24-03-2011, 06:47 AM
Good news WY is expanding flights from CMB. Couple of weeks ago I flown on WY381 CMB-MCT-MLE-CMB on A333. Pax in the WY381 was 87% and most of the pax was in the aircraft were from Europe taking transit in MCT.

@ CalgaryLankan - Looking forward to see C-GLKB in CMB. Is it still in YYC ?

Does any body know is there any changes on UL's NRT Summer-2011 flights ? Airlineroute (http://airlineroute.net/2011/03/23/nrt-23mar11/) shows that UL461 flight from NRT will be operating via BKK instead of MLE, on the 24-March-2011.

CalgaryLankan
24-03-2011, 10:34 PM
C-GLKB on its way to CMB. Left YYC at 1.05 PM local time.

Flightaware will have route until Iqualit.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CGLKB

I had chance to see C-GLKB yesterday at the Ken Borek hanger.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30100771@N04/5557168862/in/photostream/

Some pictures are posted in the flickr. They have 2 large tanks and 2 smaller tanks in the middle of the a/c for extra range. The 2 ferry pilots are somewhat confined to the cockpit due to this arrangement. No washroom, but some temporary arrangement. Aircraft will be in CMB on March 31st.

CalgaryLankan
24-03-2011, 10:34 PM
C-GLKB on its way to CMB. Left YYC at 1.05 PM local time.

Flightaware will have route until Iqualit.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CGLKB

I had chance to see C-GLKB yesterday at the Ken Borek hanger.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30100771@N04/5557168862/in/photostream/

Some pictures are posted in the flickr. They have 2 large tanks and 2 smaller tanks in the middle of the a/c for extra range. The 2 ferry pilots are somewhat confined to the cockpit due to this arrangement. No washroom, but some temporary arrangement. Aircraft will be in CMB on March 31st.

banuthev
27-03-2011, 04:18 PM
Aerosvit to Colombo in Winter 2011

Kiev based passenger airline, Aerosvit (VV) has announced that Colombo will be launched in their network on the 22nd October 2011. The service will operate as nonstop, twise weekly on Mondays and Saturdays using Boeing 767-33A/ER.

Currently, UIA Ukraine Airlines (PS) is the only carrier that operates between Kiev and Colombo, via Abu Dhabi - a two weekly schedule flights with a B737. According to the GDS dated 25-March-2011, UIA Ukraine Airlines is also will continue flying to Colombo in Winter 2011, while Mihin Lanka plans for Kiev route.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5251/5513722446_6c0083b3c6_m.jpg

Flight Schedule

Kiev [KBP] - Colombo [CMB]
VV175 - 15:00 - 02:10+1 - Days 1.6 - Duration 08:40

Colombo [CMB] - Kiev [KBP]
VV176 - 03:40 - 09:10+0 - Days 7 - Duration 09:00
VV176 - 04:40 - 10:10+0 - Days 2 - Duration 09:00

Kflyer
28-03-2011, 10:47 AM
Hainan launches PEK-BKK-CMB eff 1 AUG.

SLAA
28-03-2011, 03:43 PM
Yepp,

Very strange cuz I just happened to check out the Hainan website out of interest, and saw that it had a country site for Sri Lanka! I was surprised, and voila, the next day, you guys announce an actual service on here!! Well here is the schedule, though the website says that even though this is planned, its not been loaded to the GDS, so don't take this information as 100% confirmed (Maybe 85%?) :p

Beijing – Bangkok – Colombo eff 01AUG11
HU7995 PEK1430 – 1845BKK2000 – 2130CMB 330 x357
HU7996 CMB2250 – 0340+1BKK0500+1 – 1045+1PEK 330 x357

Service may be operated by Boeing 767

http://airlineroute.net/2011/03/28/hu-s11newroutes/

CalgaryLankan
30-03-2011, 03:29 PM
Srilankan Air Taxi - second plane - C-GLKB spotted by a fan in Budapest, Hungary.

Link to airliners.net:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/SriLankan-Air-Taxi/De-Havilland-Canada/1891761/M/

skyline
31-03-2011, 09:25 PM
Srilankan Air Taxi - second plane - C-GLKB spotted by a fan in Budapest, Hungary.

Link to airliners.net:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/SriLankan-Air-Taxi/De-Havilland-Canada/1891761/M/

what is the current status of c-glkb ?

banuthev
01-04-2011, 05:53 AM
@ Skyline - Ferry flight of C-GLKB was left YYC on the 23 or 24th Mar and operated as YYC-YYQ-YFB-KEF-BUD-HER-HRG, towards Colombo. Reached Hurghada (HRG) on the 29-Mar. Currently, I do not know whether now it has been arrived at Colombo ?

CalgaryLankan
01-04-2011, 03:30 PM
C-GLKB was supposed to detour via Male to unload some ferry tanks. Also MCT was on the flight plan.

banuthev
01-04-2011, 10:07 PM
Today, Mahan Air (W5) A300-600 operated (http://oi53.tinypic.com/16bwzv8.jpg) from Tehran (IKA) - Colombo, as a charter. Inbound flight W51073 landed in CMB at 22:30 [1-Apr-2011]. Return flight W51072 departed from CMB at 00:30 [2-Apr-2011]. Will Mahan Air / SriLankan launch schedule flights between Iran and Sri Lanka by any chance ? BTW, In the past Mahan Air operated schedule flights from Colombo to several Iranian destinations : Bandar Abbas, Tehran and Zahedan.

SriLankan is temporarily suspending the flights to Muscat from Tomarrow until 17 April 2011. It seems to be they are shortage of aircraft because of the delaying aircraft delivery of MSN2569 which is still in service with Jazeera.

Kflyer
02-04-2011, 04:15 AM
Today, Mahan Air (W5) A300-600 operated (http://oi53.tinypic.com/16bwzv8.jpg) from Tehran (IKA) - Colombo, as a charter. Inbound flight W51073 landed in CMB at 22:30 [1-Apr-2011]. Return flight W51072 departed from CMB at 00:30 [2-Apr-2011]. Will Mahan Air / SriLankan launch schedule flights between Iran and Sri Lanka by any chance ? BTW, In the past Mahan Air operated schedule flights from Colombo to several Iranian destinations : Bandar Abbas, Tehran and Zahedan.

SriLankan is temporarily suspending the flights to Muscat from Tomarrow until 17 April 2011. It seems to be they are shortage of aircraft because of the delaying aircraft delivery of MSN2569 which is still in service with Jazeera.

No need of launching Iran flights by UL. No traffic.
MSN2569 appears to be a cancelled transaction. No idea why. However, despite any shortage of A/C - they are laying over one 332 at BMOM for 20hrs today ( special WC flight ), so probably no serious shortage. A343 MSN381 made a flight out of XMN on 3/28 and was due for UL next week. However I was told by UL media relations that the delivery of this A/C has been pushed back to 2012. Not sure how true, but sounds unlikely.

Max
03-04-2011, 04:19 AM
Malaysia Airlines has increased its frequency to Sri Lanka from Malaysia from 5 times a week to daily flights effective March 27, 2011, to cater for the continued growth in demand between the two countries.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/travel/39-business-travel/10646-daily-flights-to-malaysia-via-malaysia-airlines.html

banuthev
03-04-2011, 09:42 AM
No need of launching Iran flights by UL. No traffic.
MSN2569 appears to be a cancelled transaction. No idea why. However, despite any shortage of A/C - they are laying over one 332 at BMOM for 20hrs today ( special WC flight ), so probably no serious shortage. A343 MSN381 made a flight out of XMN on 3/28 and was due for UL next week. However I was told by UL media relations that the delivery of this A/C has been pushed back to 2012. Not sure how true, but sounds unlikely.

Thanks Kflyer. According to SriLankan Airlines Flight Schedules, one more aircraft in use from 11th April 2011. I believe additional aircraft would be MSN 381 or MSN 2569 or both.

I did not get why SriLankan has cancelled the Muscat flights until 17th Apr. Do you know the reason for this cancellation ? BTW SriLankan is still flying UL203 in CMB-DOH-BAH-CMB = 2 weekly, UL217 in CMB-DOH-CMB = 2 weekly. I think UL217 would have been routed as UL209 (CMB-DOH-MCT-CMB or CMB-MCT-DOH-CMB).

Kflyer
03-04-2011, 03:00 PM
Thanks Kflyer. According to SriLankan Airlines Flight Schedules, one more aircraft in use from 11th April 2011. I believe additional aircraft would be MSN 381 or MSN 2569 or both.

I did not get why SriLankan has cancelled the Muscat flights until 17th Apr. Do you know the reason for this cancellation ? BTW SriLankan is still flying UL203 in CMB-DOH-BAH-CMB = 2 weekly, UL217 in CMB-DOH-CMB = 2 weekly. I think UL217 would have been routed as UL209 (CMB-DOH-MCT-CMB or CMB-MCT-DOH-CMB).

Should be ADG. ABL apparently not scheduled till May. There could be an extra 343 coming on but this is not confirmed. Better not take it serious yet.

banuthev
03-04-2011, 11:12 PM
Should be ADG. ABL apparently not scheduled till May. There could be an extra 343 coming on but this is not confirmed. Better not take it serious yet.

OK. MSN 381 is right now in HKG, in all white, according to Azamh (http://www.airsrilanka.org/forum/member.php?506-Azamh) from HKG. Picture of the aircraft to be posted soon in this forum.

Max
04-04-2011, 02:32 AM
Sri Lanka private airline hit by road re-opening, state competition. Sri Lanka's scheduled domestic private passenger air services to the north were forced to stop after the re-opening of road travel and competition from the air force, an official said.

http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1801346903

Max
04-04-2011, 02:33 AM
Aviation industry to adopt new laws. The local aviation industry will adopt new laws to strengthen consumer protection in the industry shortly.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/04/bus04.asp

Max
04-04-2011, 02:35 AM
Cargo operations expected to increase.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/04/bus01.asp

Max
04-04-2011, 02:41 AM
With the re-launch of SriLankan Airlines daily frequencies to Kochi in Kerala, SriLankan Holidays the holiday arm of the airline, is offering some exciting and comprehensive packages, at very competitive rates for a quick getaway from Colombo.

http://print.dailymirror.lk/business/127-local/39972.html

Max
04-04-2011, 12:27 PM
Sri Lanka plans to have a separate terminal for domestic airline operators at its international airport in Katunayake, north of Colombo, an airports official said.

http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=750111077

Max
04-04-2011, 12:41 PM
Sri Lanka is interested in the resumption of direct flights from Prague and it wants to attract Czech tourists, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris said after a meeting with his Czech counterpart Karel Schwarzenberg.

http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=12586

lordvader
04-04-2011, 11:23 PM
Top professional G.T. Jeyaseelan has been appointed as the Head of Service Delivery at SriLankan Airlines.
He succeeds another national carrier veteran Capt. Milinda Ratnayake who held the position until recently.

http://www.ft.lk/2011/04/05/jeyaseelan-appointed-head-of-service-delivery-at-srilankan/

Good choice IMHO with his qualifications. I remember reading that he was also the frontrunner to succeed Sajin as the CEO of Mihin.

Max
05-04-2011, 02:30 AM
The Government is planning to develop the Ratmalana airport into a city airport this year. In addition facilities at the Ampara, Jaffna and Koggala airports will be also upgraded. Improvements to the existing terminal building, repair to the runway, taxiway and apron, reconfiguration to the aerodrome for the use of corporate jet traffic would be done as a short-term development project of the Ratmalana airport.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/05/bus02.asp

Max
05-04-2011, 02:31 AM
The development of the international aviation sector is expected to serve Sri Lanka’s endeavours to become a regional hub, but the country will need to act fast. Several aviation leaders said international aviation sector development would require more than 200,000 pilots and 400,000 aircraft engineers opening up more opportunities in other levels as well.

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=22359

Max
05-04-2011, 12:49 PM
Sri Lanka’s National carrier Sri Lankan Airlines has transformed it’s plush ‘Serendib’ Business Class Lounge at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) into one of the most technologically advanced airport lounges by investing in state of the art systems in entertainment, business and information, the air line said.

http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/04/04/sri-lankan-airlines-transforms-airport%E2%80%99s-serendib-lounge-latest-it-sophistication

banuthev
05-04-2011, 08:30 PM
I heard this from the UL Employee that 4R-ADG will arrive in CMB end of April and 4R-ADA to go for cabin changing to flat-bed according to the flight operation department. source: ryan@ul.

Latest Pictures of the MSN381 are ready for posting. Keep an eye on this forum.

lordvader
06-04-2011, 12:50 AM
I thought UL was going to replace ADA-ADC (A340-311) aircraft with newer A340-313Xs. Or are they refurbishing these aircrafts and replacing them with 777/A350s in a couple of years? And are they reintroducing first class on these planes, as some people have speculated (very doubtful though)?

Azamh
06-04-2011, 12:12 PM
SriLankan Airlines 6th A340, 4R-ADG

http://oi55.tinypic.com/34oodjb.jpg

http://oi54.tinypic.com/316x26h.jpg

http://oi54.tinypic.com/107vvk1.jpg

http://s7.tinypic.com/wleh7b_th.jpg (http://oi56.tinypic.com/wleh7b.jpg)

http://s7.tinypic.com/ndoq2q_th.jpg (http://oi56.tinypic.com/ndoq2q.jpg)

Azamh
06-04-2011, 12:12 PM
I guess the both Ex AOM french airline air craft will be phase out thats what i think,
Ex Cathay aircrafts are quit good interior.

Max
06-04-2011, 12:23 PM
Sri Lanka plans to introduce consumer protection laws and ratify international conventions that will better protect investors and ensure higher compensation for airline passengers, an official said.

http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1991466635

Max
06-04-2011, 12:29 PM
Top Boeing team in Sri Lanka for aircraft orders

http://www.ft.lk/2011/04/01/top-boeing-team-in-town-for-aircraft-orders/

CalgaryLankan
06-04-2011, 03:32 PM
Banuthev/Azamh - Great......Finally you guys got hold of B-HXL (4R-ADG) in UL livery.....

CalgaryLankan
06-04-2011, 09:35 PM
Any news/images on arrival of C-GLKB twotter in CMB?

Kflyer
07-04-2011, 05:47 AM
I guess the both Ex AOM french airline air craft will be phase out thats what i think,
Ex Cathay aircrafts are quit good interior.

If phasing out, that should be the older three, who have logged more cycles. However, none will be phased out.

Max
07-04-2011, 12:00 PM
Sri Lanka is to sign an air services agreement with the United Kingdom enabling increased flights between the two countries, a government statement said. The air services agreement would enable the frequency entitlement to be increased to 21 flights a week from 14 today between the two countries.

http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1071181509

Azamh
08-04-2011, 08:35 AM
If phasing out, that should be the older three, who have logged more cycles. However, none will be phased out.

The 4R ade and f if I'm not mistaken the one leAsed from aom French the lease would have been expired.

Guest
08-04-2011, 06:22 PM
Guys... there is a Flight tom from CAN to CMB A320 registration 4R-ABL.... (source: AirCeylon (http://www.airsrilanka.org/forum/member.php?9-AirCeylon))

Guest
08-04-2011, 06:23 PM
SriLankan Airlines New Airbus A320 (4R-ABL) Flight Has Arrived To Bandaranayaka Intonational Airport Today At 0925hrs. Now Flight Is on SriLankan Airlines Hanger...

I'm Waiting to get new photos of 4R-ABL... (source: RyanEvan (http://www.airsrilanka.org/forum/member.php?509-RyanEvan))

banuthev
08-04-2011, 06:37 PM
Guys... there is a Flight tom from CAN to CMB A320 registration 4R-ABL....

Thanks. I thought MSN2569 to be 4R-ABL. Finally UL acquired the 5th A320 aircraft from CAN. :)
Do you know what is the construction number of 4R-ABL ? Is this brand new airframe ?

Kflyer
09-04-2011, 01:24 AM
SriLankan Airlines New Airbus A320 (4R-ABL) Flight Has Arrived To Bandaranayaka Intonational Airport Today At 0925hrs. Now Flight Is on SriLankan Airlines Hanger...

I'm Waiting to get new photos of 4R-ABL... (source: RyanEvan (http://www.airsrilanka.org/forum/member.php?509-RyanEvan))

Arrived as UL1423 CAN-CMB ( with a likely tech-stop intermediate ). Will let you know if I find rego data. Not 2569, I can assure.

banuthev
09-04-2011, 06:57 AM
@ Kflyer - I just spotted your post in A.Net ref: 4R-ABL : http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5113443/. I am thinking 4R-ABL could be MSN4694 the brand-new airframe, may be this airframe has been assembled in Tianjin. However I am not 100% sure with the C/N of ABL. Yes, please update here when you get more information ?

Kflyer
09-04-2011, 08:38 AM
@ Kflyer - I just spotted your post in A.Net ref: 4R-ABL : http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5113443/. I am thinking 4R-ABL could be MSN4694 the brand-new airframe, may be this airframe has been assembled in Tianjin. However I am not 100% sure with the C/N of ABL. Yes, please update here when you get more information ?

No, MSN4694 is yet to fly ( and will, likely in a few days ). This could be MSN2345, an ex CZ frame. It is a used one, that is for sure.

lordvader
09-04-2011, 09:13 AM
The following site claims that UL will also get MSNs 4869 and 4915 after 4694. It doesnt mention anything about ABL/2569 which is interesting and probably means that ABL isnt 2569 after all.
http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=UL&al_op=1

@KFlyer: If ABL isnt 2569 your probably right about it being a ex CZ one (especially since it originated from CAN). Maybe UL will configure it as an all economy workhorse (like 2584) and as such didnt want to spend much on the lease. Im surprised Mihin hasnt got more of these aircraft (instead of the longer A321).

Kflyer
09-04-2011, 09:27 AM
The following site claims that UL will also get MSNs 4869 and 4915 after 4694. It doesnt mention anything about ABL/2569 which is interesting and probably means that ABL isnt 2569 after all.
http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=UL&al_op=1

@KFlyer: If ABL isnt 2569 your probably right about it being a ex CZ one (especially since it originated from CAN). Maybe UL will configure it as an all economy workhorse (like 2584) and as such didnt want to spend much on the lease. Im surprised Mihin hasnt got more of these aircraft (instead of the longer A321).

I doubt they will want any extra all Economy frames. The single one is hardly used to the max plus it is worth capturing the biz demand on some routes as that is what drives the profits. It is not 2569.
MJ quite obviously is still not running under a sound business plan. An LCC that offers free meals and generous free baggage ? Oh come on.
I'll be really happy if they turn a profit. But I doubt it.
On the other hand, UL is doing good - at least with a management consisting of professionals - and they are self financing all the deals. 4R-ADG too, should be arriving soon.
Kudos to Mr. Manoj, he's getting things to a good track.

Guest
09-04-2011, 10:12 AM
Any news/images on arrival of C-GLKB twotter in CMB?

Itz has arrived CMB one week ago... (source: RyanEvan (http://www.airsrilanka.org/forum/member.php?509-RyanEvan))

Kflyer
09-04-2011, 10:47 AM
It is MSN2345 http://airlineindustryreview.com/srilankan-adds-fifth-a320/

Max
09-04-2011, 12:02 PM
Dollar shortage threatens to ground local airline sales

http://minivannews.com/society/dollar-shortage-threatens-to-ground-local-airline-sales-18580

lordvader
09-04-2011, 12:41 PM
It is MSN2345 http://airlineindustryreview.com/srilankan-adds-fifth-a320/

Thanks for the info. They mustve gone for this aircraft due to the fact its IAE engined and wouldve been quite cheap to lease. That said its a bit weird that they sourced MSN2584 as the lone CFM engined aircraft in the fleet. UL couldve also taken this much newer aircraft instead of 2345 (which is stored according to the following source): http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/search.php?manufacturer=Airbus&type=A320&fleet=5137&fleetStatus=2

Anyway yeah I agree Mihin doesnt seem to have a proper plan. That said they have been supposedly successful with their flights to Dhaka and Jakarta so they may be profitable. That said if they limit baggage to a max of 10kg and cut the meals down to say water or a bag of nuts, then they could easily increase profit.

skyline
10-04-2011, 07:14 AM
SriLankan Airlines customer review

http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/sri_lan.htm

banuthev
10-04-2011, 08:44 AM
SG's BOM-CMB plan has not been officially confirmed yet. However if they confirm this plan, they may route the aircraft from existing MAA-CMB-MAA to MAA-CMB-BOM-CMB-MAA.

Here is the planned schedule

SG 11 BOM - CMB 1500 1730
SG 12 CMB - BOM 1150 1420

source: ojas @ a.net

banuthev
10-04-2011, 08:48 PM
Any news/images on arrival of C-GLKB twotter in CMB?

http://oi55.tinypic.com/30iwfna.jpg

http://oi55.tinypic.com/kehu8l.jpg

By Dhanushka Pradeep

4R-ABL pictures are coming soon ...

Max
11-04-2011, 03:53 AM
Sharjah civil aviation chief receives Sri Lankan Civil Aviation minister

http://www.wam.org.ae/servlet/Satellite?c=WamLocEnews&cid=1289993028437&p=1135099400124&pagename=WAM%2FWamLocEnews%2FW-T-LEN-FullNews

Max
11-04-2011, 03:55 AM
SriLankan has set its air taxi service in operation to Nuwara Eliya in the central hills.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11/Apr10_1302417716CH.php

Max
11-04-2011, 04:00 AM
United Airways to commence operations in Sri Lanka

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/more.php?news_id=129909&date=2011-03-21

LukeSkywalker
11-04-2011, 04:19 AM
United Airways to commence operations in Sri Lanka

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/more.php?news_id=129909&date=2011-03-21

Is this a cargo airline? I havn't heard anything about them before and as the report says they already fly to some destinations I am assuming its a cargo airline....

Max
11-04-2011, 05:25 AM
Is this a cargo airline? I havn't heard anything about them before and as the report says they already fly to some destinations I am assuming its a cargo airline....

United Airways is a major airline based in the United States and one of the world's largest airlines
with 48,000 employees & 359 aircrafts.

It is a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, United Airways is a founding member of the Star Alliance,
the largest airline alliance in the world, and offers connections to over 1,000 destinations in over 170 countries worldwide.

Max
11-04-2011, 05:37 AM
edit edit edit

LukeSkywalker
11-04-2011, 06:08 AM
Sorry I wasn't paying attention to the link URL and assumed that it was a local (SL) finacial times report and got confused about an SL based airline :D More caffine......

banuthev
11-04-2011, 09:13 PM
The Government is planning to develop the Ratmalana airport into a city airport this year. In addition facilities at the Ampara, Jaffna and Koggala airports will be also upgraded. Improvements to the existing terminal building, repair to the runway, taxiway and apron, reconfiguration to the aerodrome for the use of corporate jet traffic would be done as a short-term development project of the Ratmalana airport.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/05/bus02.asp

Its a good news that RML to be developed as a City Airport. Does anybody have more info about this project ?

Max
12-04-2011, 02:35 AM
SriLankan Airlines said its aircraft maintenance arm SriLankan Engineering has secured a deal to carry out maintenance checks on twenty aircraft for India’s largest low-fare carrier IndiGo in 2011.

http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1839244009

banuthev
12-04-2011, 06:17 PM
Is 4R-ABM arrived in Colombo yesterday ? few sources says its a MSN4694 and now its in Colombo. Please confirm and provide more info ?

Kflyer
13-04-2011, 02:58 AM
Can't be. It is yet to fly. ABM is 4694 anyway.

lordvader
13-04-2011, 08:33 AM
Sri Lanka Katunayake airport to double passenger capacity with terminal extension

http://www.lbr.lk/fullstory.php?nid=201104111439121493

banuthev
13-04-2011, 09:29 PM
Can't be. It is yet to fly. ABM is 4694 anyway.

OK. Do you know where ABM is right now ?
Any idea what is the current seat configuration on ABL ? Planespotters.net (http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Airbus/A320/2345,4R-ABL-SriLankan-Airlines.php) shows previously MSN2345 had 158 (C8Y150) seats.
When ABL is starting its 1st schedule operation for UL ? to where ?

lordvader
13-04-2011, 10:59 PM
It still ponders me as to why they got a highly used 2345 instead of getting a newer plane in the MSN3000-4000 range. Maybe the lease wouldve been cheap? China Southern seems to have several other A320s it has returned to CIT. IMHO Mihin should get a few of them and expand to profitable routes whilst cutting down on inflight services (maybe give customers a bottle of water and some nuts to differentiate from other LCCs).

Kflyer
14-04-2011, 10:24 AM
There, SriLankan faces a challenge to MOW http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-networker/2011/04/aeroflot-to-resume-colombo-and-ho-chi-minh-city-flights.html

Max
14-04-2011, 12:49 PM
First aircraft will touch down end of next year at Hambanthota international airport

http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/6331-the-first-aircraft-will-touch-down-end-of-next-year-at-the-mattala-international-airport-

Max
14-04-2011, 01:09 PM
What about Embraer E-190 (EMB 190-200) Aircraft for Mihin Lanka?

Embraer E-Jets are a series of narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range, jet airliners produced by Embraer,
A Brazilian aerospace conglomerate that produces commercial, military & corporate aircrafts.

http://nycaviation.com/newspage/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/air-europa-e195.jpg

Kflyer
14-04-2011, 01:37 PM
E190s won't work for MJ unless they expect to operate at least ten of the type. Too much overhead to add a new type without the relevant scale. Plus personally, I'd prefer having larger frames till it reaches a level where it can leverage its network without worrying about operational profitability. Plus, after all, E190s are in good demand and are not very cheap to lease.

banuthev
14-04-2011, 09:12 PM
Jetlite, a subsidery of Jet airways will resume flights to Colombo from 30 October 2011. Jet Airways also to continue its 2 daily flights between Colombo and Chennai.

With the resumption of Jetlite, Colombo- Chennai route receives 9.1 daily flights, which includes SriLankan, Air India, Air India Express, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Kingfisher Airlines and Spice Jet.

Jetlite planned schedule for Colombo

S20541 - 22:45 - 00:05 - B73G - MAA-CMB - Daily
S20542 - 01:05 - 02:45 - B73G - CMB-MAA - Daily

source : jetlite.com

Max
15-04-2011, 04:56 AM
India & Sri Lanka to increase flights. The Civil Aviation Ministry said that bilateral talks in this respect will begin next week. A request to increase flights between the two countries was made during the President’s last tour of India. The Ministry hopes that a profitable service can be provided by the Sri Lankan and Mihin Lanka Airlines.

In the meantime, the Sri Lankan tourism Development Authority said that the highest number of tourists during the first quarter of this year had arrived from India. It said that during the first three months, 37 thousand 476 tourists had come from India.

http://www.itnnews.lk/?p=24878

VinTN
16-04-2011, 04:10 AM
Glad that frequency will be increased. Any idea whether new destinations like IXM will be added?

Max
16-04-2011, 04:46 AM
India Sri Lanka Air Deal may include these proposals.

The new agreement may provide a massive boost in airline seat numbers represents a 50 percent rise in available seats on direct flights between the two countries by 2012.

The deal may include an offer of additional capacity within India to Sri Lanka’s carriers if they include stopovers in regional destinations.

For Sri Lanka’s carriers now serving India, that the agreement would allow them to fly beyond India to four additional destinations of their own choice.

The deal will boost Tourism in Sri Lanka

newsflasher
16-04-2011, 07:23 AM
Taiwan flag carrier have restarted weekly 744 freighter service route TPE-AUH-LUX-CMB-TPE which was suspended last year, though still not listed in CI Cargo website, CMB as a destination is also not appearing in their destination menu.

http://airlineroute.net/2011/04/14/cic-s11/

banuthev
16-04-2011, 07:54 AM
Taiwan flag carrier have restarted weekly 744 freighter service route TPE-AUH-LUX-CMB-TPE which was suspended last year, though still not listed in CI Cargo website, CMB as a destination is also not appearing in their destination menu.

http://airlineroute.net/2011/04/14/cic-s11/

CI did operate cargo service to CMB last year and before. CMB not listed in the destination menu as of airline's ignorance, but CMB timetable is being shown in the adobe pdf timetable. http://www.china-airlines.com/ch/cargo/post/freight_schedule.pdf.

banuthev
16-04-2011, 07:59 AM
New addition in the fleet - 4R-ABL
http://s7.tinypic.com/sen479_th.jpg (http://oi52.tinypic.com/sen479.jpg)
© Sakith.

4R-ADG during the 3rd engine installation at HKG on the 10 Apr 2011.
http://s7.tinypic.com/33b3hty_th.jpg (http://oi52.tinypic.com/33b3hty.jpg)
© Chris.

Click on the pictures to view in large size. Do not copy these picture from this forum.

banuthev
16-04-2011, 08:11 AM
Glad that frequency will be increased. Any idea whether new destinations like IXM will be added?

As far as i know UL has plans to re-instate flights to CCJ and HYD ... after the arrival of 6th A320, which is due to arrive by April 2011.

Ojas
16-04-2011, 10:11 AM
Why on earth do they want to add CCJ?

The only international traffic out of CCJ is to the Gulf and there is more than enough capacity to every major point ithere. I hope UL has done enough homework before coming up to this decision.

newsflasher
16-04-2011, 10:29 AM
Is this article correctly named http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelani_River-Peliyagoda_Waterdrome

Kflyer
16-04-2011, 10:41 AM
ojas, I do not think they are bullish on CCJ. The first priority for the new 320s are to cover up the schedule while 343s will go for refurbishment. However only time will tell. I'm sure that UL would be very keen to add more seats to MAA, once the new bilateral is approved.

Ojas
16-04-2011, 10:49 AM
ojas, I do not think they are bullish on CCJ. The first priority for the new 320s are to cover up the schedule while 343s will go for refurbishment. However only time will tell. I'm sure that UL would be very keen to add more seats to MAA, once the new bilateral is approved.

What bilateral?

India and Sri Lanka have open skies.

Kflyer
16-04-2011, 12:39 PM
@ojas are you sure ? It is my understanding that it is just a name sake open skies. UL is seats limited to all major metros if I'm not mistaken.

Max
16-04-2011, 01:19 PM
Civil Aviation Authority Relaxes Rules For Military Pilots

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/03/27/breaking-the-rules/

Ojas
16-04-2011, 02:10 PM
@ojas are you sure ? It is my understanding that it is just a name sake open skies. UL is seats limited to all major metros if I'm not mistaken.

I'm 100% sure.

I don't know how you are assuming all of this, first you mention bialterals is an issue, then you say it is for "namesake". It is bad upon the reputation of a country if it does not honour a bilateral agreement. I'm confused.

A clear and open example of India's open skies policy is the fact that UL was flying to CCJ pre 2008, when the govt. was protecting that airport from EVERY foreign carrier but had to abide by the aviation pact signed with Sri Lanka which gives unlimited and unrestricted access to airlines of both countries. Sri Lankan airlines enjoyed a monopoly on the CCJ sector and made a lot of money in funneling pax form CCJ to the ME via CMB. When in 2008 the airport was opened to foreign and private carriers, it was naturally a dooms day for UL at CCJ as there was no O-D as such to make such a flight plausible and neither does CCJ has labour traffic to SE Asia that UL could take advantage of.

At one given point in time UL had almost 90+ weekly flights to India, so where do you see the restriction? UL can fly to any international airport in India as many times as they want, they do not have any restrictions what soever. Period.

Ojas
16-04-2011, 05:03 PM
Sri Lankan Carriers v/s Gulf carriers and Some Interesting Statistics

One of my favourite things, playing with numbers, I thought I'd to it vis-a-vis Sri Lankan carriers against Gulf carriers.

CMB is a hub for transit traffic much before Indian airports become ... but being a hub is there still a one sided agreement with Gulf carriers? Let's find out.

Note: when I say "x" number of seats, please assume it is X number of seats per week each direction, except a couple of places where I have specified otherwise.

[I] Dubai:

Emirates offers 28 weekly (4 daily) flights out of CMB to various destinations like DXB, MLE, SIN and Sri Lankan carriers offer 21 weekly flights out of DXB and Flydubai offers 5 weekly flights out of CMB to DXB. MJ has 7 flights out of DXB to CMB and 8 weekly to and fro services between DXB and KWI. UL has 14 flights from DXB of which 7 go to KWI and 7 to CMB.

* DXB carriers have 33 weekly flights out of CMB with 11, 173 seats on offer.
* DXB carriers have 26 weekly flights between DXB and CMB with 8,695 seats on offer.

Whereas

* Sri Lankan carriers have approximately 25 weekly flights out of CMB with 6,372 seats
* Sri Lankan carriers have 14 weekly flights between DXB and CMB with 3,507 seats

[II] Kuwait:

To Kuwait UL has a daily flight via KWI, MJ has 5 weekly flights of which some are via DXB and KU was 5 weekly A300 services

* Sri Lankan carriers have 12 weekly flights between KWI and CMB with 3,079 seats
* Kuwait Airways has 5 weekly flights between KWI and CMB with 1,160 seats.

[III] Saudi Arabia:

To Saudi Arabia Sri Lankan has 3 weekly flights to DMM, 2 weekly to RUH and 2 weekly to JED all operated with an A343. Saudi Arabian airlines have 4 weekly B744 operations out of CMB. Here is the split.

(i) Jeddah:
Saudi Arabian has 2 weekly flights between JED and CMB which are routes as:
JED - > CMB 1 weekly non stop + 1 weekly via RUH,
CMB -> JED 2 weekly via RUH

* Saudi Arabian offers 868 seats per week between JED and CMB
* Sri Lankan offers 628 seats between JED and CMB

(ii) Riyadh:
Saudi Arabian offers 4 weekly CMB -> RUH and 3 weekly RUH - CMB

* Saudi Arabian offers an average of 1,519 seats between RUH and CMB
* Sri Lankan offers 628 seats between RUH and CMB

(iii)Dammam:
Sri Lankan offers 3 weekly services between DMM and CMB which equals to
942 seats

To summarise SV offers 1,736 seats whereas UL offers 2,198 seats per week between Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.

[IV] Abu Dhabi:

To Abu Dhabi, Sri Lankan has daily flights with an A320 whereas Etihad Airways has 4 weekly single class A320 flights to CMB

* Sri Lankan offers daily flights between AUH and CMB with 1,050 seats
* Etihad Airways has 4 weekly flights between AUH and CMB with 648 seats.

[V] Qatar:

To Doha, Sri Lankan has 5 weekly flights (4 A332 + 1 A320) whereas QR has 21 weekly A320/A321 to CMB.

* Sri Lankan has 5 weekly flights between DOH and CMB with 1,298 seats
* Qatar Airways has 21 weekly flights between DOH and CMB with 3,585 seats

[VI] Bahrain:

To Bahrain, Sri Lankan has 3 weekly A320s whereas GF will soon have 8 weekly A320s to CMB.

* Sri Lankan has 3 weekly flights between BAH and CMB with 450 seats
* Gulf Air will soon have 8 weekly flights between BAH and CMB with 1,088 seats


[VII] Oman:

To Oman, Sri Lankan has 2 weekly flights whereas WY has 7 weekly flights to CMB and MLE. The rorations of WY are as follows:

MCT-CMB-MLE-MCT 3 weekly A333
MCT-MLE-CMB-MCT 2 weekly (1 A333 + 1 A332)
MCT-CMB-MCT 2 weekly B738


* Sri Lankan has 2 weekly flights between MCT and CMB with 300 seats.
* Oman Air has daily flights between MCT and CMB with 1,448 seats

[VIII] Sharjah:

To Sharjah only Air Arabia has 12 weekly flights with 1,944 seats on offer

In Conclusion, only to Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia Sri Lankan carriers offer more capacity. The Remaining points the foreign carriers have the edge.

************************************************** ***

Other Miscellaneous Statistics:

1) The highest frequency and seat capacity to any city from CMB is MAA with 57 weekly flights at the moment and would go to 64 weekly flights and 12,014 seats from W11.

2) The Single largest foreign carrier out of CMB in temrs of capacity is Emirates with 10,228 seats per week each direction.

3) The single largest foreign carrier frequency wise out CMB at the moment is EK and 9W with 4 daily flights. However from W11, Jet Airways group (9W + S2) would have 5 daily flights out of CMB.

4) Highest frequency by a foreign carrier between it's home base and CMB is EK and QR with 3 daily flights each

5) The Route that has the highest 3rd party carriers (excluding the origin and destination flag carrier) is CMB - MLE with EK, WY and MU plying with traffic rights between the 2 city pairs; which is closely followed by CMB - SIN with EK and CX in the equation.

6) Sri Lankan's (UL's) single largest market is India with 63 weekly flights and 10,436 seats per week. Taking into account MJ's 5 weekly TRZ - CMB flights the count goes to 11,506 seats per week (Not counting the seasonal flights to GAY and VNS)

In conclusion there maybe few approximation here and there, but the idea was to learn the overall view of the Sri Lankan vis-a-vis the much talked about Gulf carriers.

Regards,

Ojas

Cayman
16-04-2011, 06:30 PM
Civil Aviation Authority Relaxes Rules For Military Pilots

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/03/27/breaking-the-rules/

Another reason not to fly UL!

This is really pathetic, if true.

Sri Lanka and its civil avaiation industry is accused of many things, but quality of pilots have never been an issue, if anything it was one of the very few beacons of hope.

Now that is also down the drain!

Kflyer
17-04-2011, 01:00 AM
Military pilots may be experienced and I respect that, however they should never ever be put into flying commercial airlines without being duly trained. Thankfully, the Air Force does not have any Airbus aircraft so whomever joining UL or MJ must go through the type rating training.
@ojas absolutely sure that UL is not seat limited to MAA? They have full access to secondary ones I know, but I remember reading somewhere that they were capacity limited to the major metros.

Ojas
17-04-2011, 04:59 AM
@ojas absolutely sure that UL is not seat limited to MAA? They have full access to secondary ones I know, but I remember reading somewhere that they were capacity limited to the major metros.

Sri Lankan airlines have UNRESTRICTED access to Indian cities. There was a restriction many years back, but that has been lifted from the Indian side.

Cayman
17-04-2011, 05:57 AM
Military pilots may be experienced and I respect that, however they should never ever be put into flying commercial airlines without being duly trained. Thankfully, the Air Force does not have any Airbus aircraft so whomever joining UL or MJ must go through the type rating training.


Type rating is not enough for someone flying a Y-12 or a C-130 to fly a jet. Not to mention everything else involved such as air law etc.

Max
17-04-2011, 06:22 AM
There was virtual chaos at the main porch entrance for outbound passengers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in the evening of Sunday, April 3 as a lone security officer helplessly struggled to control the wave of passenger traffic. "In the absence of a semblance of order, all the passengers, with their luggage to boot, were clamoring to elbow their way into the terminal", a Sri Lankan passenger complained. "There was bedlam as a result".

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=23188

Max
17-04-2011, 09:23 AM
SriLankan Airlines Catering, the sole caterer at the island's international airport which is planning to go public this year, hopes to expand its catering services to other airlines that touchdown at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

http://www.lbr.lk/fullstory.php?nid=201103072307313024

Max
17-04-2011, 09:25 AM
Immigration and Emigration Department has set up an Electronic Travel Authority to simplify the visa process and facilitate short stay visitors.

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/04/17/new11.asp

Max
17-04-2011, 09:27 AM
Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayarathne has called upon the educational authorities to introduce aviation as a subject and later for a degree in the university curriculum.

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/04/17/new34.asp

lordvader
17-04-2011, 09:40 AM
Sri Lankan airlines have UNRESTRICTED access to Indian cities. There was a restriction many years back, but that has been lifted from the Indian side.

Unless its changed since 2006, UL is restricted into Indian metro cities but can operate unlimited flights into 18 secondary cities. See the following press release for details:



India allows additional flights to Sri Lankan Airlines
October 07, 2006

Bilateral Air Services Negotiations between India and Sri Lanka were held on October 9, 2006. The Indian delegation was led by Mr. Ajay Prasad, Secretary, Civil Aviation, Government of India and the Sri Lankan delegation was led by Mr. Tilak Collure, Secretary, Ministry of Ports and Aviation. The negotiations reinforced the special position Sri Lanka enjoys in the aviation sector in India. Sri Lankan Airlines is already the largest foreign airlines operating into India with 86 weekly flights. Sri Lankan Airlines already have the permission to operate daily flights to six Indian metropolitan cities and unlimited frequencies to 18 tourist destinations in India. The 3 Indian carriers - Indian, Jet and Sahara - operate 21 weekly flights to Sri Lanka.

During the negotiations, the Indian side allowed Sri Lankan Airlines 7 additional weekly flights to Mumbai and 7 additional flights to Bangalore with effect from winter 2008. India also allowed 7 weekly flights to Coimbatore and Pune. Sri Lanka has enjoyed "SAARC Plus" privileges in the civil aviation sector in India. During the 13th SAARC Summit at Dhaka in 2005, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh extended to all SAARC countries the same privileges as were extended to Sri Lanka. To continue the special relationship with Sri Lanka, the

Indian delegation agreed for additional flights to Mumbai, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Pune which would further strengthen the presence of Sri Lankan Airlines in the civil aviation map of India.

Mr. Ajay Prasad called on Hon'ble Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ports and Aviation on October 11, 2006. During the meeting, matters of bilateral importance in the field of civil aviation were discussed. Mr. Samaraweera appreciated India's gesture on awarding additional frequencies to Sri Lankan Airlines. He evinced interest in the public-private partnership model followed for the Cochin International Airport. Mr. Prasad informed the Minister about plans for upgradation of aviation infrastructure in India including modernization of the 35 airports in the country. He also elaborated on plans for acquiring new aircraft by Air India and Indian at a cost of US $ 9 billion and a proposed purchase of aircraft by the private sector Indian airlines at a cost of US $ 7 billion. Restarting Sri Lankan Airlines flights to Bodhgaya was also discussed. Mr. Prasad said that as a special gesture, the Indian government permitted Sri Lankan Airlines to extend the Colombo-Bodhgaya flight to Colombo-Bodhgaya-Delhi sector.

http://www.hcicolombo.org/index.php?option=com_news&task=detail&id=47

Ojas
17-04-2011, 10:47 AM
@lorvader, it has changed since then.

In fact it was changed in mid 2007, when the restrictions was lifted. However With the changes inducted from this meeting you quoted above:

Metros: BOM, DEL, HYD, CCU, BLR, MAA.

A total of 105 weekly flights to each side were allotted to each side, and the clauses were as follows for Sri Lankan carriers.

* Not more than 21 weekly flights to BOM
* Not more than 21 weekly flights to MAA
* Not more than 14 weekly flights to DEL
* Not more than 14 weekly flights to BLR
* Not more than 14 weekly flights to HYD
* Not more than 7 weekly flights to CCU
* Not more than 7 weekly flights to CJB
* Not more than 7 weekly flights to PNQ

And in the present circumstances this is what UL operates to the metros

* 10 weekly to BOM
* 7 weekly to DEL
* 7 weekly to BLR
* 15 weekly to MAA
* no flights to CCU, HYD.

So even if we assume that I'm completely wrong, and this bilateral holds true I do not know what is blocking UL's expansion to India. Or even compare the flights from Metros by Indian and Sri Lankan carriers. Indian carriers have 63 weekly flights from metros whereas UL just has 39 weekly flights from metros. So UL still has a lot of underutilized capacity.

Also do note in that article SAARC countries have some privileges with respect to businesses in India and Sri Lankan falls under that purview and thus enjoys a relatively liberal business policy.

However I do stand corrected on the open skies fact, while the nature is unrestrictive, there are certain caps and restrictions on the 5th freedom rights beyond both countries.

lordvader
17-04-2011, 02:21 PM
Thanks for the info Ojas. Good to have an Indian perspective here as well. I think (and hope) UL will start expanding into India soon, with the expansion of their narrowbody fleet. Most of their Indian flights were cut due to profitability reasons in the Global Financial Crisis so depending on the situation now, they could be restarted. I agree with you that UL are currently underserving India. Additional destinations they could look at include Kolkata and Ahmedabad and maybe Pune (although MJ could fly to Pune as an alternative to BOM).

Kflyer
18-04-2011, 01:05 AM
I think UL will now be only interested in Indian destinations with some O&D. This is because the gulf connections provided during Peter Hill's tenure are no longer viable due to newer direct flights.
Unfortunately Sri Lanka does not have or allow any private intl pax carriers otherwise it could be argued that UL was operating the 15th weekly MAA flight as a gun in the head to stop a private carrier from operating a daily flight. However given that Indian carriers will soon operate 49 weekly CMB flights from MAA, it seems unfair that Sri Lankan carriers are just allowed 21.

Max
18-04-2011, 02:23 AM
Record 2010 for air travel, cargo business

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/18/bus04.asp

Ojas
18-04-2011, 05:27 AM
I think UL will now be only interested in Indian destinations with some O&D. This is because the gulf connections provided during Peter Hill's tenure are no longer viable due to newer direct flights.
Unfortunately Sri Lanka does not have or allow any private intl pax carriers otherwise it could be argued that UL was operating the 15th weekly MAA flight as a gun in the head to stop a private carrier from operating a daily flight. However given that Indian carriers will soon operate 49 weekly CMB flights from MAA, it seems unfair that Sri Lankan carriers are just allowed 21.


Who said UL is only allowed 21 weekly out of MAA? That cap was prior to the bialteral revision in 2007. At that time even Indian carriers had only 21 weekly flights out of MAA to CMB.

If UL cannot expand to MAA, it is because of it's own ineptitude nothing else.

Srilankan1
18-04-2011, 04:50 PM
What is the Total Fleet of Srilankan now?

Srilankan1
18-04-2011, 04:53 PM
Superb Stats.

Thanks Ojas.

Kflyer
19-04-2011, 12:57 AM
5 320, 5 343, 5 332 + 2 dhc

Kflyer
19-04-2011, 01:01 AM
@ojas thanks. But Bahrain Air never served CMB.

Max
19-04-2011, 02:33 AM
SriLankan Airlines to recruit from rural areas

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=23278

Ojas
19-04-2011, 08:30 AM
Is it? I thought Bahrain Air had served CMB.

I've edited it out.

Srilankan1
19-04-2011, 12:33 PM
5 320, 5 343, 5 332 + 2 dhc

Thanks Bro...

So according to the Plans 5 more Aircrafts will join the fleet by the end of this Year......???

CalgaryLankan
19-04-2011, 11:00 PM
Sri Lanka airport to acquire land for runway as traffic grows http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1968421471

Any chance of moving Air Force base to A'pura or Hingurakgoda? That will be the most suitable solution than having a parallel runway in south side?

Max
20-04-2011, 02:24 AM
Passenger terminal construction to start on April 25

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/20/news03.asp

Max
20-04-2011, 04:07 AM
Bangladesh & Sri Lanka to increase flights

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=23424

Kflyer
20-04-2011, 01:08 PM
Thanks Bro...

So according to the Plans 5 more Aircrafts will join the fleet by the end of this Year......???
at least two more ( ADG+ABM ) are due.


Any chance of moving Air Force base to A'pura or Hingurakgoda? That will be the most suitable solution than having a parallel runway in south side?
only possibility will be Hambanthota once it's built, as the kfirs and other jets require a long runway

banuthev
20-04-2011, 08:57 PM
SriLankan's 6th A320, 4R-ABM/MSN4694 is in Toulouse (TLS) right now and will do its test-flight today afternoon. Tomarrow (21st Apr), aircraft will fly to Hamburg (XFW), prior first flight to Colombo. 4R-ABM pictures coming soon.

Max
21-04-2011, 02:23 AM
Sri Lankan Airlines reduces losses

http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1135972868

Max
21-04-2011, 02:25 AM
Czech Republic, Lanka direct flights soon

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/21/news28.asp

CalgaryLankan
21-04-2011, 07:38 PM
http://oi51.tinypic.com/dyrcxy.jpg

http://www.xmyzl.com/temp/110328bhxl.jpg

umedhah
21-04-2011, 08:13 PM
http://oi51.tinypic.com/dyrcxy.jpg

http://www.xmyzl.com/temp/110328bhxl.jpg

did u spot the diff between this and 343???? Guess......
LK flag is missing near the cockpit window....

Azamh
22-04-2011, 03:19 AM
did u spot the diff between this and 343???? Guess......
LK flag is missing near the cockpit window....

its dry lease i guess

Max
22-04-2011, 05:21 AM
Any Direct flights between Sri Lanka & Turkey?

banuthev
22-04-2011, 06:53 AM
Any Direct flights between Sri Lanka & Turkey?

No direct flights between Sri Lanka and Turkey.

Guest
22-04-2011, 06:58 AM
The all new Aircraft in SriLankan Airlines A320-214, F-WWDK, 4R-ABM (MSN 4694) will be coming to Sri Lanka withing two weeks itz already depart from Toulouse yesterday.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HMQDX3MaJ4A/TbCKqfRypgI/AAAAAAAAH1s/CK6QrxzOUGE/s1600/A320-FWWDK_210411fl.jpg

source: Ryan

Gayan
22-04-2011, 07:06 AM
4R-ADG

http://s7.tinypic.com/1z178lw_th.jpg (http://oi53.tinypic.com/1z178lw.jpg) http://i53.tinypic.com/24mynoo_th.jpg (http://oi53.tinypic.com/24mynoo.jpg) http://i55.tinypic.com/9vd354_th.jpg (http://oi55.tinypic.com/9vd354.jpg)

http://i54.tinypic.com/1znsncp_th.jpg (http://oi54.tinypic.com/1znsncp.jpg) http://s7.tinypic.com/2eocx1h_th.jpg (http://oi55.tinypic.com/2eocx1h.jpg) http://s7.tinypic.com/288qnh5_th.jpg (http://oi55.tinypic.com/288qnh5.jpg)


http://s7.tinypic.com/668zko_th.jpg (http://oi55.tinypic.com/668zko.jpg) http://i53.tinypic.com/333e8nq_th.jpg (http://oi53.tinypic.com/333e8nq.jpg) http://i51.tinypic.com/j8yu53_th.jpg (http://oi51.tinypic.com/j8yu53.jpg)

Thanks Capt.Druvi and Capt.Naveen.

lordvader
22-04-2011, 08:19 AM
The all new Aircraft in SriLankan Airlines A320-214, F-WWDK, 4R-ABM (MSN 4694) will be coming to Sri Lanka withing two weeks itz already depart from Toulouse yesterday.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HMQDX3MaJ4A/TbCKqfRypgI/AAAAAAAAH1s/CK6QrxzOUGE/s1600/A320-FWWDK_210411fl.jpg

source: Ryan

Thanks for the pic. A bit surprised that UL opted for CFM engines on this one as well. Makes me wonder why they got MSN2345 when they couldve opted for an ex Wataniya CFM frame which is a lot newer.

Kflyer
22-04-2011, 09:00 AM
@Gayan are they opting to keep the three class layout ? And is Druvi still flying ?
@lordvader newer = costlier

lordvader
22-04-2011, 09:15 AM
@lordvader newer = costlier

It might be costlier but Wataniya's aircrafts would have seatback IFE installed, whereas UL would have to refurbish their other A320s to provide for such features (being a 'premium airline'). As such wouldnt it be cheaper long term?

Also not sure why no one has picked up on this yet, but Aviointeriors has pretty much confirmed that UL will be installing their 'Biz' seat (on their website). The following link also has a new image of the seat and a link to your (KFlyer's) website.

http://www.aviointeriors.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=150:airline-industry-review-sri-lankan-will-have-biz-full-flat-seats-onboard&Itemid=155

Does anyone have any idea if B-HXL will get the new seating?

Max
22-04-2011, 11:52 AM
I think Mihin Lanka getting two Xian MA-60 planes in 2011

What are they going to do with two Xian MA-60 planes?

uthum
23-04-2011, 10:41 AM
I think Mihin Lanka getting two Xian MA-60 planes in 2011

What are they going to do with two Xian MA-60 planes?

I think MJ has a plan of operating scheduled flights to Jaffna.

banuthev
24-04-2011, 12:09 AM
4R-ABM/MSN 4694 in Toulouse (TLS) on 21st Apr.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5063/5646602311_9311b4a802_z.jpg

lordvader
24-04-2011, 06:51 AM
Banu, thanks for all the scoop pics of the new aircraft youve put in this thread! Much appreciated. Im eagerly waiting to see the interior pics of 4694 (and whether theyve actually installed the new IFE systems in)!

Max
25-04-2011, 05:23 AM
Mattala airport to be tourism & cargo hub end 2012

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/25/bus01.asp

Max
25-04-2011, 05:23 AM
Making Colombo an aviation hub

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/04/24/fin04.asp

banuthev
25-04-2011, 01:17 PM
I think MJ has a plan of operating scheduled flights to Jaffna.

IMHO, It will be better if MJ also use the MA60s for routes like KKS-MAA, KKS-TRZ, KKS-IXM, CMB-IXM, CMB-TRV (for additional flights) and CMB-TRZ (for additional flights). BTW Does any body know the current-status of MJ's MA60s ? I heard that MJ also has a plan of getting another A320 by 2012.

lordvader
26-04-2011, 01:06 AM
IMHO, It will be better if MJ also use the MA60s for routes like KKS-MAA, KKS-TRZ, KKS-IXM, CMB-IXM, CMB-TRV (for additional flights) and CMB-TRZ (for additional flights). BTW Does any body know the current-status of MJ's MA60s ? I heard that MJ also has a plan of getting another A320 by 2012.

I dont think they are getting the MA60's (I think they are now going to Helitours) since there isnt that much demand for domestic scheduled flights anymore (with the reopened roads). And I think they mentioned about another A320 in an interview somewhere, as well as a plan to increase the fleet to five aircraft eventually. That said, Im not sure so its best to get someone in the know to confirm it!

Max
27-04-2011, 01:35 PM
Sri Lankan Airlines to start its direct flights to Bangladesh

http://www.unbconnect.com/component/news/task-show/id-18878

Max
27-04-2011, 01:35 PM
Eleven young Sri Lankans have qualified to join Sri Lankan Airlines as pilots

http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/04/26/eleven-young-sri-lankans-have-qualified-join-sri-lankan-airlines-pilots

Max
28-04-2011, 02:38 AM
Four new airbuses will be added to the fleet of SriLankan and Mihinlanka Airlines before the end of this year, Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne said.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/04/28/news30.asp