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banuthev
21-02-2011, 09:24 PM
Please use this thread to discuss on topics of "Sri Lanka Aviation History".

http://vernoncorea.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/airceylon.jpg

Air Ceylon's DC 3 at Ratmalana Airport in Ceylon

Source : http://vernoncorea.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/air-ceylon/

newsflasher
30-11-2011, 01:02 PM
South African serving CMB in 1976 http://www.flickr.com/photos/caribb/5385673699/sizes/l/in/set-72157625764833635/

Carl Ford
01-01-2012, 10:24 PM
4R-ACQ Taken at London Heathrow 3rd June 1972.

Carl Ford

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53277566@N06/5424990545/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Skyliner
22-11-2012, 12:26 PM
Hello all, does anyone know the former registration of the HS.748 at the beach near Kalutara AFB in the South at the beach housing the Catalina Bar.

Many thanks in advance

Chris
Skyliner - aviation news & more
www.skyliner-aviation.de (http://www.skyliner-aviation.de)

highflyer
23-11-2012, 04:55 PM
I think Sri Lanka had only two HS 748s. Am I correct ? Anyone know the current status of 4R-ACJ or 4R-ACR ?
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ac-prop.html


Hello all, does anyone please know the former registration of the HS.748 at the beach near Kalutara AFB in the South at the beach housing the Catalina Bar.

Many thanks in advance

Chris
Skyliner - aviation news & more
www.skyliner-aviation.de (http://www.skyliner-aviation.de)

Haleef
25-11-2012, 02:29 PM
Hello all, does anyone know the former registration of the HS.748 at the beach near Kalutara AFB in the South at the beach housing the Catalina Bar.

Many thanks in advance

Chris
Skyliner - aviation news & more
www.skyliner-aviation.de (http://www.skyliner-aviation.de)

4R-LPV. Its from Sri Lanka air force From lion air I think it was a white one they painted it in blue red yellow and white etc

Serendib
25-11-2012, 03:23 PM
I think Sri Lanka had only two HS 748s. Am I correct ? Anyone know the current status of 4R-ACJ or 4R-ACR ?
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ac-prop.html

Hawker Siddeley HS 748s in Sri Lanka

Aero Lanka (1) http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/4R-SER.html
Air Ceylon (2) http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/4R-ACJ.html , http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/4R-ACR.html
Lionair (1) http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/4R-LPV.html

4R-SRD
27-11-2012, 06:16 PM
Lionair (1) http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/4R-LPV.html

As I know Due to poor management and all the russian pilots have boycotted their duty and few antonov aircraft return to the lessor.

Skyliner
16-03-2013, 04:47 PM
quite a new photo now from Ratmalana:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calflier001/8508834880/

banuthev
13-07-2013, 09:38 PM
Golden old days!! LTU in Colombo !! Guess when was this?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7311/9268820617_afb525656a_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98786558@N04/9268820617/sizes/l/in/photolist-f848s2-f84HKH-f3yHyo-eHQPz3-c1wseY-c1wtrd-ekZwVq-c1wtPQ-eeE79C-ees8PZ-f84HAZ-f7t55w-eCEXKY-eytVRV-ex7Bt4-ex7CEe-ev4c8e-erha2G-eiAEZo-eiAETb-egaFUg-eggrL1-egaGst-eggsg3-eggs59-efhC9S-efbU28-efhwew-efh8em-eeeXkT-edd2v6-edbTJe-edbky6-e9JK9S-e9JATJ-e94EnX-e932vT-e4TAfB-e4QWc6-e1YDjK-e1Hfai-e1MVjd-e157W2-dYggam-dXZk5U-dXGqAX-dXE1re-dXyahN-dXsv2R-dXrtFU-dWFgfM/) http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/9268935513_4e3332b773_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98786558@N04/9268935513/sizes/l/in/photolist-f84HAZ-f7t55w-eCEXKY-eytVRV-ex7Bt4-ex7CEe-ev4c8e-erha2G-eiAEZo-eiAETb-egaFUg-eggrL1-egaGst-eggsg3-eggs59-efhC9S-efbU28-efhwew-efh8em-eeeXkT-edd2v6-edbTJe-edbky6-e9JK9S-e9JATJ-e94EnX-e932vT-e4TAfB-e4QWc6-e1YDjK-e1Hfai-e1MVjd-e157W2-dYggam-dXZk5U-dXGqAX-dXE1re-dXyahN-dXsv2R-dXrtFU-dWFgfM-dWnLgM-dWj1bE-dWfn8A-dW6Ms6-dV2MLJ-dUWdqB-dV2MKo-dV2Mzb-dUWcZ2/)

Thanks to Wordtraveller59 for sharing the picture.

umedhah
14-07-2013, 02:00 AM
Golden old days!! LTU in Colombo !! Guess when was this?[/URL]

Thanks to Wordtraveller59 for sharing the picture.


Good old L1011s missed them a lot Why LTU stopped their service??? War???

banuthev
14-07-2013, 05:43 AM
Good old L1011s missed them a lot Why LTU stopped their service??? War???

If I recall it correctly, LTU had a strong presence in Germany-Sri Lanka route as LTU connected various cities in Germany from Sri Lanka. i.e. Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Dusseldorf. I wonder why all the German Airlines suddenly stopped flying to Sri Lanka. I don't think the reason is "WAR" which is already completed but still German Airlines not showed any interest in flying into Sri Lanka route.

dilushasg-bdavi
14-07-2013, 10:25 AM
Colombo Airport in 1980, the current taxiway was the runway @ that tym!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/peter353/8286385417/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peter353/8287443342/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peter353/8286385753/sizes/l/in/photostream/

dilushasg-bdavi
14-07-2013, 10:29 AM
Good old L1011s missed them a lot Why LTU stopped their service??? War???
LTU merged with Air Berlin in 2009

channa
14-07-2013, 01:22 PM
Even KLM which used to fly to Srilanka some time ago did not start operations yet. They operated a flight from AMS to CMB via DMM and also to Sydney via Colombo. Even now there is no direct flights to Amsterdam from Colombo

banuthev
15-07-2013, 10:04 PM
LTU merged with Air Berlin in 2009

That's right. Air Berlin is part of ONEWORLD hopefully they may consider fly directly to Sri Lanka..


Even KLM which used to fly to Srilanka some time ago did not start operations yet. They operated a flight from AMS to CMB via DMM and also to Sydney via Colombo. Even now there is no direct flights to Amsterdam from Colombo

After a suspension of KLM flights to Colombo, KLM's subsidery Martin Air launched Colombo with a seasonal services. Unfortunately it didn't last long as Martin Air switch focus on only Cargo operations from 2007.

There are so many European Airlines flew to Colombo on those days i.e. British Airways, KLM, AOM Frenchie, Condor Flug, LTU, Aeroflot, CSA Czech, Finnair, Austrian Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, Air Europe, Cyprus Airways etc .. Anybody wish to add the airlines which I missed to mention here.

Speedbird
16-07-2013, 01:57 AM
That's right. Air Berlin is part of ONEWORLD hopefully they may consider fly directly to Sri Lanka..



After a suspension of KLM flights to Colombo, KLM's subsidery Martin Air launched Colombo with a seasonal services. Unfortunately it didn't last long as Martin Air switch focus on only Cargo operations from 2007.

There are so many European Airlines flew to Colombo on those days i.e. British Airways, KLM, AOM Frenchie, Condor Flug, LTU, Aeroflot, CSA Czech, Finnair, Austrian Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, Air Europe, Cyprus Airways etc .. Anybody wish to add the airlines which I missed to mention here.

How can you forget UTA and Air France

plus Martinair

sfernando34
16-07-2013, 05:43 AM
That's right. Air Berlin is part of ONEWORLD hopefully they may consider fly directly to Sri Lanka..



After a suspension of KLM flights to Colombo, KLM's subsidery Martin Air launched Colombo with a seasonal services. Unfortunately it didn't last long as Martin Air switch focus on only Cargo operations from 2007.

There are so many European Airlines flew to Colombo on those days i.e. British Airways, KLM, AOM Frenchie, Condor Flug, LTU, Aeroflot, CSA Czech, Finnair, Austrian Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, Air Europe, Cyprus Airways etc .. Anybody wish to add the airlines which I missed to mention here.

I know this isn't a European carrier, but Trans World Airlines (which went out of business in early 2000s), used to serve Colombo with a Constellation back in the day. It used to come via Europe, the Middle East and Bombay. As far as I know, that is the only American carrier that ever operated to Sri Lanka. Various charter airlines have come in and out. ArkeFly more recently flew from AMS-CMB via Goa Dabolim, and JetAirFly had a flight from Brussels as recent as 2010. Ukraine International Airlines had a short tenure serving CMB, I believe coming using a 737-300 via DXB.

Serendib
16-07-2013, 10:07 PM
That's right. Air Berlin is part of ONEWORLD hopefully they may consider fly directly to Sri Lanka..



After a suspension of KLM flights to Colombo, KLM's subsidery Martin Air launched Colombo with a seasonal services. Unfortunately it didn't last long as Martin Air switch focus on only Cargo operations from 2007.

There are so many European Airlines flew to Colombo on those days i.e. British Airways, KLM, AOM Frenchie, Condor Flug, LTU, Aeroflot, CSA Czech, Finnair, Austrian Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, Air Europe, Cyprus Airways etc .. Anybody wish to add the airlines which I missed to mention here.


How can you forget UTA and Air France

plus Martinair

Balkan & Air France never flew to Colombo

Skyler
17-07-2013, 12:16 AM
That's right. Air Berlin is part of ONEWORLD hopefully they may consider fly directly to Sri Lanka..



After a suspension of KLM flights to Colombo, KLM's subsidery Martin Air launched Colombo with a seasonal services. Unfortunately it didn't last long as Martin Air switch focus on only Cargo operations from 2007.

There are so many European Airlines flew to Colombo on those days i.e. British Airways, KLM, AOM Frenchie, Condor Flug, LTU, Aeroflot, CSA Czech, Finnair, Austrian Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, Air Europe, Cyprus Airways etc .. Anybody wish to add the airlines which I missed to mention here.

Air France and Balkan Bulgarian airlines already operated Colombo service in late 90s and early 2000s.And there was a another one weekly flight,I'm not remember what is that air line or flight type. But it flew Brussels-Colombo -Male -Brussels untill 24-07-2001 As CT615 .Anyone know?

Speedbird
17-07-2013, 01:16 AM
Balkan & Air France never flew to Colombo

...You are dead wrong
AF took over UTA and Air Inter in the early 90's operated schedule 744 to Colombo
Balkan used to fly Tu154s to CMB and onwards to SIN

East German Interflug flew to CMB from Berlin in the late 80's

Does anyone know about the Swissair schedule to CMB

banuthev
17-07-2013, 06:55 AM
...You are dead wrong
AF took over UTA and Air Inter in the early 90's operated schedule 744 to Colombo
Balkan used to fly Tu154s to CMB and onwards to SIN

East German Interflug flew to the CMB from Berlin in the late 80's

Does anyone know about the Swissair schedule to CMB

I flew on the Balkan Airlines in 1990s when dad took me to Europe for Occasion Visit. That LZ flight operated on route SOF-AUH-CMB onboard TU 154. I still remember the flight we took couldn't land in Sofia Airport due to Heavy snow so they divert the flight to nearest airport. ;)

According to Airlineroute, Swissair operated on Zurich – Geneva – Karachi – Bombay – Colombo – Singapore – Colombo – Bombay – Zurich – Geneva with once a weekly DC8, in 1972. Does anybody know how to access the old flight schedules?

banuthev
17-07-2013, 07:23 AM
Air France and Balkan Bulgarian airlines already operated Colombo service in late 90s and early 2000s.And there was a another one weekly flight,I'm not remember what is that air line or flight type. But it flew Brussels-Colombo -Male -Brussels untill 24-07-2001 As CT615 .Anyone know?

Currently showing CT is IATA code for Alitalia Cityliner. Notsure who used this IATA code before.

On a different note, Looks like nowadays european tourists prefer the Maldives over Sri Lanka. Most of the European Airlines are flying to Male'.

88gee
17-07-2013, 09:51 AM
Balkan used to fly Tu154s to CMB and onwards to SIN

yes they did, they started in President Chandrikas time . their office was just next to pizza hut at union place

Cayman
17-07-2013, 10:32 AM
On a different note, Looks like nowadays european tourists prefer the Maldives over Sri Lanka. Most of the European Airlines are flying to Male'.

Even the ones that come to Sri Lanka are the budget tourists that travel on a shoe string.

SL needs to raise its profile to attract high spenders.

SKYBUCK729
17-07-2013, 07:07 PM
yes they did, they started in President Chandrikas time . their office was just next to pizza hut at union place

Balkan flew into CMB, DURING 1982-83.

88gee
17-07-2013, 07:07 PM
Balkan flew into CMB, DURING 1982-83.

well i remember after tht , coz i even saw the arrival shown in tv news , tht was in 90s

banuthev
19-07-2013, 08:32 PM
Golden old days of Colombo airport !! click on the picture to view in original size !!

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2082/tn73.jpg (http://static.panoramio.com/photos/1920x1280/35513592.jpg) http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/2894/3hbf.jpg (http://www.abpic.co.uk/images/images/1086731F.jpg)

dilushasg-bdavi
21-07-2013, 09:17 AM
Lockheed L1011 First Flight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j8-0BYtFTA
DC-10 First Flight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2UnykgWYPE

4R-ALA
06-08-2013, 09:37 AM
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........:D

Srilankan1
06-08-2013, 08:45 PM
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........:D

What a great link/many thanks bro.

really appriciated.

4R-ALA
07-08-2013, 02:11 AM
ur most welcome............yup....:)

umedhah
07-08-2013, 03:17 AM
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........:D

I cant open the link :(

4R-ALA
07-08-2013, 03:47 AM
well i can ,,,but let me post it again.........

http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

CalgaryLankan
07-08-2013, 02:38 PM
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........:D


Very good article indeed. Thanks

sfernando34
07-08-2013, 10:15 PM
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........:D

Fantastic link :). This brings back my earliest flight memories on Air Lanka that I took from Katunayake to Heathrow. Flew many of those aboard 4R-ADA.

Speedbird
08-08-2013, 05:52 PM
http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........:D

Good article it only affirms that GOSL is not capable of running the airline...


Another new chairman/managing director, Dunstan Jayawardena, is named and he receives a mandate from President Ranasingho Premadasa to make the airline succeed or shut it down

banuthev
21-08-2013, 07:16 PM
Colombo Airport

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/9544011939_564ab2b4b5_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5329/9546802564_4968194e1e_c.jpg

License Copyright All rights reserved by Chreag

umedhah
22-08-2013, 07:23 PM
the last pic... Is it Royal UK airforce? or SL

banuthev
25-08-2013, 08:51 PM
the last pic... Is it Royal UK airforce? or SL

Yes, It looks like Royal UK Airforce! Did RAF operate the passenger service out of Colombo in the past? I am bit curious as passengers are walking towards the RAF aircraft.

Here is another picture of LTU at Colombo Airport. I think this picture was taken before the phase 1 project.

http://www.helmutvoss.de/pic%20sri%20lanka%20800x600/sri%20lanka%20airport%2001.JPG

umedhah
25-08-2013, 10:26 PM
thanks Banu :)

Serendib
07-12-2013, 07:28 AM
Sri Lanka Aviation service completes 101 years.

Today is the International Civil Aviation Day. Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation completes 101 years of existence. Minister Priyankara Jayaratne issuing a message in this connection says that Sri Lanka is in a position to be satisfied of its achievements in this sector. The country which had successfully tested a flight in 1912, is presently engaged in competitive worldwide airline services.

The national airline is performing a significant task in the national economic development. The number of aircraft in the national career, the Sri Lankan Airlines is being gradually increased. Minister Jayaratne says that the Mihin Lanka Airlines is also rendering an exceptional service.

http://synergyy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Srilanka-Aviation-history-from-1912-to-2012-282x300.jpg (http://synergyy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Srilanka-Aviation-history-from-1912-to-2012.jpg)

http://www.slbc.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest-news/17573-sri-lanka-aviation-service-completes-101-years-

Serendib
17-11-2014, 09:30 AM
What happend to the Lockeed Tristars and Boeing 747s which Air Lanka operated in Sri Lanka?

4R-ADA
17-11-2014, 10:04 AM
...You are dead wrong
AF took over UTA and Air Inter in the early 90's operated schedule 744 to Colombo
Balkan used to fly Tu154s to CMB and onwards to SIN

East German Interflug flew to CMB from Berlin in the late 80's


Does anyone know about the Swissair schedule to CMB


I remember the Swissair schedule up until the time it ended in 1987. It was a twice weekly DC10 service.
Once weekly ZRH-KHI-CMB-SIN-JKT, and once weekly ZRH-GVA-KHI-CMB-SIN.

I don't recall Interflug ever flying to Sri Lanka. Did Sri Lanka have an air services agreement with East Germany?

Air France took over UAT around 1993. However AOM took over Air France around 1996.

Serendib
17-11-2014, 10:15 AM
I remember the Swissair schedule up until the time it ended in 1987. It was a twice weekly DC10 service.
Once weekly ZRH-KHI-CMB-SIN-JKT, and once weekly ZRH-GVA-KHI-CMB-SIN.

I don't recall Interflug ever flying to Sri Lanka. Did Sri Lanka have an air services agreement with East Germany?

Air France took over UAT around 1993. However AOM took over Air France around 1996.

AOM in Colombo!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10410647_759689414078567_1161481534972640568_n.jpg ?oh=6a84967a0bc9e757f06e559b69606ca0&oe=54D41EE4&__gda__=1424308845_67da900b374f563263e00e578a6e738 f

Aviationsrilanka

banuthev
17-11-2014, 03:10 PM
AOM in Colombo!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10410647_759689414078567_1161481534972640568_n.jpg ?oh=6a84967a0bc9e757f06e559b69606ca0&oe=54D41EE4&__gda__=1424308845_67da900b374f563263e00e578a6e738 f

Aviationsrilanka

Wow Thanks for the pic! AOM Minerve used to operate twise weekly IW923/924 flights on ORY-CMB-SYD-NOU onboard DC10. AOM used to operate Colombo for quite a long time some thing like 1992 until 2001. After AOM ceased the operations in 2001, SriLankan took delivery of ex-AOM A343s 4R-ADE and ADF in 2003.

umedhah
17-11-2014, 10:12 PM
What happend to the Lockeed Tristars and Boeing 747s which Air Lanka operated in Sri Lanka?

2 747-200s were leased from QF during the 80s ULE and ULF King Tissa and Vijeya. they were returned back.
L1011s were returned as well. 1 -2 went to Air Transat, 1 - 2 converted to Cargo, Rest were scrapped.

CalgaryLankan
05-12-2014, 03:13 PM
40 years since the first major air accident in Sri Lanka. Martinair DC 8 hit seven virgins mountain near Maskeliya killing all 191 people on board.

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/141130/plus/doomed-flight-129672.html
http://www.caa.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=270&Itemid=872&lang=en
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFeGUmwtoMo


Who in this forum can remember this date? ( I am sure many of you were not even born)

Srilankan1
05-12-2014, 03:34 PM
40 years since the first major air accident in Sri Lanka. Martinair DC 8 hit seven virgins mountain near Maskeliya killing all 191 people on board.

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/141130/plus/doomed-flight-129672.html
http://www.caa.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=270&Itemid=872&lang=en
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFeGUmwtoMo


Who in this forum can remember this date? ( I am sure many of you were not even born)

I can remember.

CalgaryLankan
13-01-2015, 02:46 PM
Its very weird that media people in Sri Lanka does not recognize this aircraft. This is home built aircraft named as Lihiniya by Ray Wijewardana. No idea how this in ended up with CSN inventory.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/61179/helicopter-found-in-narahenpita

http://www.raywijewardene.net/innovation.html
http://www.raywijewardene.net/the_aviator.html

dilushasg-bdavi
13-01-2015, 03:54 PM
Ray Wijewardene and 4R-RAY
http://movingimages.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/ray-wijewardene-profiled-in-asia-technology-april-1990.jpg

dilushasg-bdavi
19-04-2015, 03:36 AM
http://serendib.btoptions.lk/cpanel/uploader/962/15%20copy.jpg

A blast from the past.....Air Lanka L-1011s parked at BIA

Skyliner
03-08-2015, 02:09 PM
Hi all, did anyone take photos please of HS.748 SCM-3102 former Sri Lanka Air Force The Eagle's Cafe at Weerawila, Sri Lanka of course where it was moved in 2012 from Ratmalana? Many thanks or where I can find on this forum

Haleef
03-08-2015, 04:18 PM
Hi all, did anyone take photos please of HS.748 SCM-3102 former Sri Lanka Air Force The Eagle's Cafe at Weerawila, Sri Lanka of course where it was moved in 2012 from Ratmalana? Many thanks or where I can find on this forum

It's actually the Catalina Grill at Koggala, just in front of the runway, near the road and the rail tracks.

Sakith
04-08-2015, 06:33 AM
Hi all, did anyone take photos please of HS.748 SCM-3102 former Sri Lanka Air Force The Eagle's Cafe at Weerawila, Sri Lanka of course where it was moved in 2012 from Ratmalana? Many thanks or where I can find on this forum

I have photoes of it

Serendib
04-08-2015, 06:13 PM
Hi all, did anyone take photos please of HS.748 SCM-3102 former Sri Lanka Air Force The Eagle's Cafe at Weerawila, Sri Lanka of course where it was moved in 2012 from Ratmalana? Many thanks or where I can find on this forum

HS 748 at Catalina Grill

http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp183/CALFLIER001/7482_zpsbb11f5b6.jpg

http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp183/CALFLIER001/8510163670_5880b84718_b2_zpsc5ba4c98.jpg

banuthev
04-08-2015, 06:23 PM
HS 748 at Catalina Grill

http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp183/CALFLIER001/7482_zpsbb11f5b6.jpg

http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp183/CALFLIER001/8510163670_5880b84718_b2_zpsc5ba4c98.jpg

How many of these HS 748s were operated by SLAF / Sri Lanka Aviation in the past ? By looking at the history of HS 748. Lion Air's 4R-LPV joined the South Africa based firm in 2004. Air Ceylon's 4R-ACJ was damaged in 1978. Ex-Aero Lanka's 4R-SER now stored in SLAF museum.

Haleef
05-08-2015, 01:46 AM
How many of these HS 748s were operated by SLAF / Sri Lanka Aviation in the past ?
By looking at the history of HS 748. Lion Air's 4R-LPV joined the South Africa based firm in 2004. Air Ceylon's 4R-ACJ was damaged in 1978. Ex-Aero Lanka's 4R-SER now stored in SLAF museum.

4R-SER was not stored in the museum, it was sold to another airline long back. I'll post a photo of it after it had been painted at Ratmalana.

Skyliner
05-08-2015, 05:40 AM
It's actually the Catalina Grill at Koggala, just in front of the runway, near the road and the rail tracks.

Ok, looks differrent now, have a look here and scroll down a little bit:
http://foodcnr.com/the-eagles-cafe-weerawila-sri-lanka/

banuthev
06-08-2015, 06:38 AM
Ok, looks differrent now, have a look here and scroll down a little bit:
http://foodcnr.com/the-eagles-cafe-weerawila-sri-lanka/

Ex-SLAF's some of the HS 748 are stored in Sri Lanka as below

SCM3101 at Catalina Grill near SLAF Koggala, SCM3102 in Eagle Cafe near SLAF Weerawilla and CR831 in the museum near SLAF Ratmalana.

Here are the pictures

SCM3101 (CR830) - http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp183/CALFLIER001/7482_zpsbb11f5b6.jpg
SCM3102 (CR833)- https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/v/t1.0-9/1385975_561437027242879_1583759883_n.jpg?oh=4695bc e8eeb6963dc375013bb4dbbfe1&oe=563F6AC1
CR831 - http://www.serendib.btoptions.lk/cpanel/uploader/1568/DSC_0422.jpg

Does anybody have the latest picture SCM3102 from SLAF Weerawilla ? Because it looks different now when i look at it in Google map.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/551/20148634978_78accf7210_b.jpg

Haleef
07-08-2015, 08:55 AM
Ex-SLAF's some of the HS 748 are stored in Sri Lanka as below

SCM3101 at Catalina Grill near SLAF Koggala, SCM3102 in Eagle Cafe near SLAF Weerawilla and CR831 in the museum near SLAF Ratmalana.

Here are the pictures

SCM3101 (CR830) - http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp183/CALFLIER001/7482_zpsbb11f5b6.jpg
SCM3102 (CR833)- https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/v/t1.0-9/1385975_561437027242879_1583759883_n.jpg?oh=4695bc e8eeb6963dc375013bb4dbbfe1&oe=563F6AC1
CR831 - http://www.serendib.btoptions.lk/cpanel/uploader/1568/DSC_0422.jpg

Does anybody have the latest picture SCM3102 from SLAF Weerawilla ? Because it looks different now when i look at it in Google map.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/551/20148634978_78accf7210_b.jpg

By the way here is a photo that I took of SLAF's retired HS 748s, SCM - 3101 and SCM - 3102 at Ratmalana in 2011.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c36/haleefismail/556C_zpstkqfgj1t.jpg (http://s24.photobucket.com/user/haleefismail/media/556C_zpstkqfgj1t.jpg.html)

And here's a shot of CR 833 (Ex. SCM - 3102) back in 2014.

http://foodcnr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Eagles-cafe-aircraft-Sri-Lanka.jpg

banuthev
19-09-2015, 06:49 PM
Trivia

Name the list if airlines flew between Switzerland and Sri Lanka in the past?

rami
19-09-2015, 10:39 PM
I think there was this 3,

Swissair, Edelweiss Air and Sri Lankan Airlines

banuthev
20-09-2015, 03:25 AM
I think there was this 3,

Swissair, Edelweiss Air and Sri Lankan Airlines

Yep + Airlanka and Balair/BalairCTA. How many of you are remember which aircraft Balair/BalairCTA was flying on Zurich-Colombo route on those days?

Serendib
05-07-2016, 07:17 PM
Eagle Airways at Colombo Airport 1959.

anyone know more about this flight?

<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/128019386@N05/27803337242/in/photolist-JmTnvu-HUmFvu-HNexCS-GUG1Nz-HesnBW-GQurDH-GTr1uC-F8tk7x-t3ZV7L-E4rNnB-EtN1gt-JhzWXs-HP1MD7-HRn3Rt-GKLrZd-Hzd3AT-GKLrVq-GKLiCo-GKLiwS-GFpZfX-GbqXu4-FLjy11-EizLe3-EodAoq-DocjPq-D5gNhz-BLikyK-CdQeZs-CCDpKJ-CdNyxo-BHxt5g-CthW5o-Cm5ud3-BkPgnu-Dqd73F-E98o9D-D8LPrk-DWVkEM-DGHVDm-D7nLkk-Cr6C4e-C3deAM-CxtPhh-CyReRG-CcLwno-BM6vq2-ChhdwJ-BkVaZT-C74T45-Bj6fSw" title="LT DC6A G-APSA at Colombo Airport 1959 [c J Cooper]"><img src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7242/27803337242_773e0e74ea_z.jpg" width="640" height="373" alt="LT DC6A G-APSA at Colombo Airport 1959 [c J Cooper]"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

john cooper

dilushasg-bdavi
08-08-2016, 11:46 AM
Good old Air Lanka Tristar days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1rXeelCIfQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1rXeelCIfQ

banuthev
12-08-2016, 07:55 PM
The beautiful Air Lanka days !!

<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldtravellib/26800231241" title="Sri Lankan - Air Lanka&#x27;s new wings in the international skies A340; 1995_2"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7176/26800231241_f6554a2e8b_b.jpg" width="950" height="1024" alt="Sri Lankan - Air Lanka&#x27;s new wings in the international skies A340; 1995_2"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Source : World Travel Lib

dilushasg-bdavi
15-08-2016, 07:27 AM
The remains of 4R-ADA. Asia's first A340.

https://d31asmy75eposw.cloudfront.net/full/6/50606_1470056928.jpg

banuthev
26-02-2017, 06:06 PM
Sad Year for Aviation of Sri Lanka - 2001


Aeroflot pulls out
Aeroflot, Russian airline pulls out today, Martinair will follow suit at the end of the month and AOM French Airlines has already terminated their services to Colombo resulting in a total loss of about 1,500 seats per week, said Udaya Nanayakkara, President of the Travel Agents’ Association in Sri Lanka on Monday addressing the launch of the Tourist Board’s new logo and icon at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

In addition, Saudi Airlines plans to deploy Boeing 777 aircraft, instead of the regular 747s, which are much bigger aircraft and Kuwait Airlines will reduce their number of flights from four to three in the near future further reducing the number of seats available for both inbound and outbound travel, he said.

"It’s an alarming situation and it’s a virtual impossibility to get a seat to Colombo", he added.

Mr. Nanayakkara said that Aeroflot, the Russian airline has been operating to Colombo for the last 40 years. It operated four flights a week to Colombo. The airline was planning to pull out due to certain restrictions imposed on it. By the time Sri Lankan authorities agreed to allow the airline to operate on the regular schedule, Aeroflot had already decided to halt its operations here in toto, he said.

"KLM Royal Dutch Airlines too signed off in similar circumstances," he added.

Mr. Nanayakkara pointed out that TAASL represented 250 travel and tour operators who handled almost 100 per cent of tourist arrivals. The first three months of this year showed very encouraging arrival figures which could have resulted in the arrival figure reaching over 400,000. "With the reductions in seat availability the industry now is not that confident about the expected figures for new tourist arrivals and our members are very disturbed over the emerging scenario," he said.

http://www.island.lk/2001/03/21/news03.htm

SKYBUCK729
01-03-2017, 10:19 AM
Yep + Airlanka and Balair/BalairCTA. How many of you are remember which aircraft Balair/BalairCTA was flying on Zurich

I Think , they were using the DC-8.

banuthev
02-03-2017, 09:37 PM
Air Lanka B707s in Shannon in Ireland. :) 4R-ALA and 4R-ALB. All credits to Malcolm Nason & Dave Gilligan for taking the nice memorable picture..

Any idea when did Air Lanka leased the first B707 to the fleet ? and how many B707s were operated by Air Lanka in the past?

4R-ADA
02-03-2017, 09:45 PM
I think there was this 3,

Swissair, Edelweiss Air and Sri Lankan Airlines

At some point in the 1980s, SQ also flew the route. it was always something like SIN-CMB-ZRH-CPH, or SIN-CMB-ZRH-BRU. I am certain they also had traffic rights between CMB and ZRH. The last flight I remember was around 1987.

banuthev
19-03-2017, 01:13 PM
Remembering all the good times at UL. Below flight schedules are for SriLankan's Stockholm and Sydney route in 2000.

SKYBUCK729
20-03-2017, 07:44 AM
Air Lanka B707s in Shannon in Ireland. :) 4R-ALA and 4R-ALB. All credits to Malcolm Nason & Dave Gilligan for taking the nice memorable picture..

Any idea when did Air Lanka leased the first B707 to the fleet ? and how many B707s were operated by Air Lanka in the past?

4R ALA was the first Boeing 707. Delivered to UL in Aug 79 4R ALB came in September. Both on lease from SQ. They were followed by the 737-200 from Guinness Peat Aviation in November '79

Serendib
22-03-2017, 08:40 PM
What airlines did fly from Johannesburg to Colombo?

umedhah
23-03-2017, 05:47 PM
What airlines did fly from Johannesburg to Colombo?

Did South African fly to CMB at all?

banuthev
24-03-2017, 01:41 AM
Did South African fly to CMB at all?

Yes, South African launched the Colombo flights in 1976 and it was flying JOH-SEZ-CMB-HKG until 1980s. After Colombo terminated in 1980s, South African launched the nonstop flights on JOH-HKG. CMB and HKG were the only Asian destinations for South African until 1980s but CMB lost the market after it was started struggling due to civil war in 1983.

Did you know Air Lanka was flying South Africa in 1990s?

umedhah
24-03-2017, 07:12 AM
Yes, South African launched the Colombo flights in 1976 and it was flying JOH-SEZ-CMB-HKG until 1980s. After Colombo terminated in 1980s, South African launched the nonstop flights on JOH-HKG. CMB and HKG were the only Asian destinations for South African until 1980s but CMB lost the market after it was started struggling due to civil war in 1983.

Did you know Air Lanka was flying South Africa in 1990s?

Wow cool. I guess it was L1011 s? If so with a stopover? A340-300s would have been able to fly directly

banuthev
24-03-2017, 09:54 AM
Wow cool. I guess it was L1011 s? If so with a stopover? A340-300s would have been able to fly directly

Air Lanka begun Durban and Johannesburg flights together in June 1996 on board state of art A340. It was a triangular flights e.g. CMB-DUR-JOH-CMB. Really sad the airline had to cancel route in Apr 1997 due to some haters protest to stop people to fly on Air Lanka. Really sad until now our national airline is still struggling in the hand of some of political morons.

Its making me angry because most of Sri Lanka citizen doesn't like their own country and hate to fly on our national carrier. it's not because of only the airline service. it's because they hate their own country.

Flight Schedule is below : -

TUE - UL701 – CMB : 01:00 – DUR : 05:55

TUE – UL702 – DUR : 07:15 – JOH : 08:20

TUE - UL702 – JOH : 09:40 – CMB : 22:25

FRI – UL701 – CMB : 09:45 – DUR : 14:40

FRI – UL702 – DUR : 16:00 – JOH : 17:05

FRI – UL702 – JOH : 18:25 – CMB : 07:10+1


Hi Umedha, What do you think of Air Lanka's decision on flying to South Africa instead of Australia in 1996?

Hi Skybuck729,

Any idea how does the Air Lanka did on the South Africa route in 1996 before the protested not to fly on Air Lanka?

SKYBUCK729
24-03-2017, 11:12 AM
Air Lanka begun Durban and Johannesburg flights together in June 1996 on board state of art A340.

I Think , it was a rather unpopular and unprofitable route. I have heard that one day An A340 flew out from CMB , to South Africa with only 3 revenue pax. ( don't know how far it's true )

umedhah
25-03-2017, 04:47 AM
Air Lanka begun Durban and Johannesburg flights together in June 1996 on board state of art A340. It was a triangular flights e.g. CMB-DUR-JOH-CMB. Really sad the airline had to cancel route in Apr 1997 due to some haters protest to stop people to fly on Air Lanka. Really sad until now our national airline is still struggling in the hand of some of political morons.

Its making me angry because most of Sri Lanka citizen doesn't like their own country and hate to fly on our national carrier. it's not because of only the airline service. it's because they hate their own country.

Flight Schedule is below : -

TUE - UL701 CMB : 01:00 DUR : 05:55

TUE UL702 DUR : 07:15 JOH : 08:20

TUE - UL702 JOH : 09:40 CMB : 22:25

FRI UL701 CMB : 09:45 DUR : 14:40

FRI UL702 DUR : 16:00 JOH : 17:05

FRI UL702 JOH : 18:25 CMB : 07:10+1


Hi Umedha, What do you think of Air Lanka's decision on flying to South Africa instead of Australia in 1996?

Hi Skybuck729,

Any idea how does the Air Lanka did on the South Africa route in 1996 before the protested not to fly on Air Lanka?


I guess AU is a better option than SA. Not many SriLankans in SA compared to AU

banuthev
25-03-2017, 11:14 AM
I Think , it was a rather unpopular and unprofitable route. I have heard that one day An A340 flew out from CMB , to South Africa with only 3 revenue pax. ( don't know how far it's true )

What's the reason the South Africa couldn't make revenue for Air Lanka? There is a large South Indian community are living in Durban. Those days even ME3 didn't fly to South Africa. Why does Air Lanka couldn't tab the South Africa market?

banuthev
25-03-2017, 11:17 AM
I guess AU is a better option than SA. Not many SriLankans in SA compared to AU

Hi Umedha,

Would you believe British Airways also operated Johannesburg - Colombo route in 1970s?

Hi Sandaru,

Guess the name of the both the airline and airport in the picture?

Sandaru
25-03-2017, 11:33 AM
Hi Umedha,

Would you believe British Airways also operated Johannesburg - Colombo route in 1970s?

Hi Sandaru,

Guess the name of the both the airline and airport in the picture?

By looking at the tail, I can say that it's a British Airways aircraft. And it's Colombo for sure!! What is the aircraft type by the way? McDonald Douglas?

dilushasg-bdavi
25-03-2017, 11:51 AM
By looking at the tail, I can say that it's a British Airways aircraft. And it's Colombo for sure!! What is the aircraft type by the way? McDonald Douglas?

That is a BAC 111 or maybe a VC-10

SKYBUCK729
25-03-2017, 12:08 PM
What's the reason the South Africa couldn't make revenue for Air Lanka? There is a large South Indian community are living in Durban. Those days even ME3 didn't fly to South Africa. Why does Air Lanka couldn't tab the South Africa market?

MAY be, due to poor marketing.

milair
28-03-2017, 02:02 PM
That is a BAC 111 or maybe a VC-10

It is a British Airways VC-10.
Air Ceylon also operated the same aircraft type in 1960s, in-collaboration with BOAC.
Details: ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ac-jet.html#vc10

banuthev
29-03-2017, 07:44 PM
British Airways operated VC10 on all Colombo flights in 1977.

Here are the routes: -

London – Doha – Colombo – Hong Kong – TOKYO – Hong Kong – Colombo – Bombay – Doha – London 1 V10 922 / 913

London – Doha – Colombo – BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Colombo – Bombay – Doha – London 1 V10 748 / 759

Johannesburg – Seychelles – Colombo – TOKYO – Hong Kong – Colombo – Seychelles – Johannesburg 1 V10 914 / 965

Did BA had the 5th freedom rights between Colombo, and Doha, Seychelles, Brunei and Hong Kong?

banuthev
29-03-2017, 07:45 PM
It is a British Airways VC-10.
Air Ceylon also operated the same aircraft type in 1960s, in-collaboration with BOAC.
Details: ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ac-jet.html#vc10

How many VC10s were in service with Air Ceylon fleet in 1960? How long they were operating?

dilushasg-bdavi
30-03-2017, 07:09 PM
How many VC10s were in service with Air Ceylon fleet in 1960? How long they were operating?

Probably only one. And it was never painted in the Air Ceylon livery.

banuthev
31-03-2017, 11:48 AM
Probably only one. And it was never painted in the Air Ceylon livery.

Any reason why it wasn't painted in Air Ceylon livery. If I am not mistaken VC10 was part of the Air Ceylon for 5 years.

As per sources, Air Ceylon only operated 4 long haul destination in 1970s. Such as London, Paris, Rome and Sydney. In that case one VC10 fair enough to carry out the operation.

banuthev
17-04-2017, 08:40 AM
British Airways B747-200 in 1981

Umedha - Guess the location ?

umedhah
17-04-2017, 08:44 AM
British Airways B747-200 in 1981

Umedha - Guess the location ?

It is CMB ☺️