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  1. #7401
    If Srilankan Airlines taken over by Hainan Airlines What will be happening to Oneworld Membership Also Flysmiles points....W

  2. #7402
    On a quest to find a strategic investor to help revive the loss-making national carrier, it is learnt that the government is close to finding a prospective partner to manage SriLankan Airlines. Informed sources told Mirror Business that the firm likely to come on board to manage the debt-laden carrier would be China’s largest privately-owned air transport firm, Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HNA).

  3. #7403
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    On a quest to find a strategic investor to help revive the loss-making national carrier, it is learnt that the government is close to finding a prospective partner to manage SriLankan Airlines. Informed sources told Mirror Business that the firm likely to come on board to manage the debt-laden carrier would be China’s largest privately-owned air transport firm, Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HNA).
    Yes...lets wait for the finer details...SL taxpayer pick up bill and if HNA take up the the management or if HNA is going to be investor...anyone can manage any company and charge management fee

  4. #7404
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    Yes...lets wait for the finer details...SL taxpayer pick up bill and if HNA take up the the management or if HNA is going to be investor...anyone can manage any company and charge management fee
    I believe most of UL's A333 fleet is leased from HNA group so this should be interesting. Perhaps they may reduce the lease rates if this deal goes ahead. Also HNA being a rapidly expanding company may take the surplus aircraft from UL so it could be a win win.

  5. #7405
    Quote Originally Posted by lordvader View Post
    I believe most of UL's A333 fleet is leased from HNA group so this should be interesting. Perhaps they may reduce the lease rates if this deal goes ahead. Also HNA being a rapidly expanding company may take the surplus aircraft from UL so it could be a win win.
    Yes They need lots of Aircrafts they might take the A350

  6. #7406
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160717/new...ed-201491.html

    This is the incident. I believe that this is the reason behind this!!!
    If this tit-for-tat allegations are true, Yahapalanaya is no better than the much derided MR regime.

    This incidents has a lot of parallels to the LHR fiasco with MR and his entourage.

    I do not want to make conclusions without hearing the EK side of the story, but I know for a fact that EK is contracted with MedAire out of Phoenix, AZ (one of the best SOS Aviation Medical providers in the world) and they may have legal obligations to heed to their advice.

    I would not fault them for not resorting to locally available resources to make the decision.

    If EK took him on board and things went South, everyone would be singing a different tune.

  7. #7407
    Quote Originally Posted by Aeronautica View Post
    They will recommence the route once its fully confirmed, the runway overhaul being completed.

    This could very well be related to runway closure; but the timing of the incident and announcement came so close to each other.

    BTW; each airline has its own rules, but in general a sick passenger need medical clearance before travel. Our politician think they are above the law always. Emirates has it clearly written here;

    https://www.emirates.com/english/pla...n_for_fitness/

  8. #7408
    Personally this is a good news for us in Calgary. Hainan just started flying PEK - YYC route last month.

    I believe they can operate UL as a separate business unit and keep OneWorld alliance and other codeshare routes (if they make sense from their point of view). UL definitely need oxygen (or may be life support) and hopefully Hainan or someone else will save the brand and of course the airline we all love.

  9. #7409
    Quote Originally Posted by CalgaryLankan View Post
    Personally this is a good news for us in Calgary. Hainan just started flying PEK - YYC route last month.

    I believe they can operate UL as a separate business unit and keep OneWorld alliance and other codeshare routes (if they make sense from their point of view). UL definitely need oxygen (or may be life support) and hopefully Hainan or someone else will save the brand and of course the airline we all love.
    I think this is extremely premature to even discuss. SL politicians and press jumps to conclusion even before a bid is submitted. I met minister in charge of UL and few SL politicians recently on my recent visit to SL...there view is that they going to completely write off SL debt. My view is how Treasury/Ravi K is going to support that right off. There is a clear disagreement between Minister Hashim and Ravi K.

    Just to add...Most of my Canadian flights had to transit via Indian airport. I must say I was really impress with Transit facilities in BOM and BLR...CMB looks like a cattle shed compared to Indian Airport.
    Last edited by Speedbird; 20-07-2016 at 04:29 PM.

  10. #7410
    Quote Originally Posted by lordvader View Post
    I believe most of UL's A333 fleet is leased from HNA group so this should be interesting. Perhaps they may reduce the lease rates if this deal goes ahead. Also HNA being a rapidly expanding company may take the surplus aircraft from UL so it could be a win win.
    Chinese are not in a charity business Aercap/UL deal come with lease commitment for 12 years.

  11. #7411
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    Chinese are not in a charity business Aercap/UL deal come with lease commitment for 12 years.
    http://www.chinaaviationdaily.com/news/52/52905.html

  12. #7412
    Do you think Azul has the same lease agreement and terms as UL??? (12 Years)

  13. #7413
    Quote Originally Posted by CalgaryLankan View Post
    Emirates cancelling CMB - SIN; Emirates operated this route for years; I believe at least since early 90s. Does the cancellation has anything to do with recent incident with Speaker?

    Airlineroute reporting as follows;
    Emirates in this week’s inventory update has closed reservation for Colombo – Singapore sector, as the airline displaying zero availability in all class of service for travel on/after 06JAN17. Currently this route is operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on daily basis. Planned schedule in W16 as follow.

    EK348 CMB1445 – 2105SIN 77W D
    EK349 SIN0030 – 0140CMB 77W D
    I thought CMB- SIN and VV was always running at 70% or more.

    Interesting if an off load lead to squabbles. However, EK was fully exploiting their freedom right, so I don't see any reason for them to whine.

    And, if, as Cayman says, EK listened to their Med team (heck, I would too if a passenger asked for Oxygen on board), they are not wrong.

    Btw, Hainan, if I recall, is privately held.

  14. #7414
    Quote Originally Posted by ecureilx View Post
    I thought CMB- SIN and VV was always running at 70% or more.

    Interesting if an off load lead to squabbles. However, EK was fully exploiting their freedom right, so I don't see any reason for them to whine.

    And, if, as Cayman says, EK listened to their Med team (heck, I would too if a passenger asked for Oxygen on board), they are not wrong.

    Btw, Hainan, if I recall, is privately held.
    IIRC EK did temporarily cancel the CMB-SIN route previously when DXB was resurfacing the runway.

  15. #7415

    UL taxiing for reform

    http://www.ft.lk/article/556620/UL-taxiing-for-reform

    Taxiing to take-off on its restructuring plans, SriLankan Airlines will hand over its European route-plying A330 aircraft to Pakistan International Airline (PIA) with the crew and delivery of the first one already finalised for next month, top Government officials said yesterday.

    Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim along with his Deputy Eran Wickramaratne, outlining a host of new measures to turn around the fortunes of the debt-ridden national carrier, told reporters that the aircraft currently flying to Paris, Rome and Frankfurt would be diverted to PIA.

    SriLankan officials are presently in Islamabad ironing out the details of the handover, including possible logo changes and crew security, they said, with the first aircraft to be handed over in August on a wet lease. Last month SriLankan announced they would be pulling out of the Frankfurt and Paris routes by October while Rome was dropped in February.

    “PIA will use these aircraft to fly their London-Lahore-Islamabad route and we hope to eventually handover three more aircraft once negotiations are finalised,” Minister Hashim said. “The costs of the leases have not yet been finalised but we hope to hand over the rest of the aircraft on wet leases or on the best possible terms.”

    Hashim insisted the step was taken because the European routes have “low yields” and expressed confidence the tourism industry would continue its robust growth without direct flights from these destinations. The duo insisted the airline would concentrate its resources on increasing regional flights; that are shorter, have more passengers and higher profit margins.

    “If you want to fly to Rome would you fly SriLankan or would you book the cheapest possible ticket?” questioned Wickramaratne. “You would pick the cheaper ticket and other travellers are no different. There are plenty of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar flights to the Middle East and we plan to increase SriLankan flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman to funnel these tourists to Sri Lanka.”

    SriLankan is losing the price war waged by the well-heeled Middle Eastern airlines that combine strong marketing campaigns with good service to attract customers, the ministers stressed. However, SriLankan cannot afford to let its aircraft flying to Rome, Paris and Frankfurt sit unused, resulting in the agreement with PIA.

    “Currently operational losses of SriLankan is $ 993 million but with liabilities it increases to $ 2.1billion, making it a hard sell. Just this week the Treasury released $ 88 million for debt payments. At the moment the Government has given the option of absorbing this loss if an international partner can be found but it all depends on the negotiations. At the moment no formal application has been made by any carrier,” Minister Hashim said in response to questions of whether popular Hainan Airlines Company Ltd. of China has made any overtures.

    However, the ministers confirmed that a Chinese company had expressed interest in managing the Mattala International Airport during Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to Beijing earlier this year and discussions were ongoing.

    “The only condition imposed by the Prime Minister is that any company taking over must be willing to absorb the loan and interest payments on Mattala.”

    Both ministers were extensively critical of SriLankan management under the previous Government headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and were emphatic that investigations would intensify once an ongoing international forensic audit report is finalised.

    “This is a national crime and we have no intention of protecting anyone. There is no question of the crime but finding evidence and following due process is time consuming but we are determined to do things right,” said Wickramaratne.

    Govt. pays $ 15 m fine to cancel new Airbus A350, keen to offload rest
    The Government is scrambling to save millions of dollars in lease payments for three Airbus A350 aircraft, which the previous Government ordered, after paying a fine of $ 15 million to cancel the first one.

    The Government of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2013 ordered eight Airbus A350 and seven A330 aircraft in a $2.3 billion deal. SriLankan Airlines has already taken delivery of all seven A330 aircraft but the eight A350 aircraft were to be delivered in two batches with the first arriving in 2016 and the second from 2019-2020.

    However, in April Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced the cancellation of four A350s that were to be delivered as the second batch leaving SriLankan Airlines to deal with four A350 aircraft. By the time the new Government re-examined the deal three A350 aircraft had already gone into production but they were able to cancel one after paying a $ 15 million penalty.

    Of the three remaining A350 aircraft one is nearing completion and is expected to be delivered in October. Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim acknowledged the Government was working hard to find other carriers willing to take on the A330s and new A350 aircraft as the lease payments were astronomically high.

    “The leases for these aircraft were clearly artificially inflated. Just for one A350 aircraft we are paying AerCap $ 1.4 million per month. Even the highest lease would have been about $ 1 million. For each A330 aircraft the Government is overpaying $ 385,000 to $ 400,000 every month. Given that the lease for the A350s is for 12 years we will end up having to pay $ 230 million,” he said.

    AerCap is the world’s largest airline leasing company with 1,640 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio and serves approximately 200 customers in 80 countries. The Government promised payment to Airbus and, following international practice, Aercap made payments to Airbus and then the Government leased the aircraft from AerCap.

    - See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/556620/UL-t....rCw1O92m.dpuf

  16. #7416
    UL to take over MJ destinations & aircrafts end of this year. MJ aircraft to be rebranded as UL http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=2016/07/22/business/88251

  17. #7417

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    I think this is extremely premature to even discuss. SL politicians and press jumps to conclusion even before a bid is submitted.
    Agreed - the whole thing sounds like another Fairy Tale.

    Just like the Megapolis and the new Terminal - it's just more Big Talk.

    What possible benefit is there for Hainan?

    http://www.ft.lk/article/556620/UL-taxiing-for-reform

    “The leases for these aircraft were clearly artificially inflated. Just for one A350 aircraft we are paying AerCap $ 1.4 million per month. Even the highest lease would have been about $ 1 million. For each A330 aircraft the Government is overpaying $ 385,000 to $ 400,000 every month. Given that the lease for the A350s is for 12 years we will end up having to pay $ 230 million,” he said.
    As I've stated before - it's not the ME3 that are to blame for the losses. It's pure incompetence by UL Management. Very surprised to see this in print.

    Both ministers were extensively critical of SriLankan management under the previous Government headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and were emphatic that investigations would intensify once an ongoing international forensic audit report is finalised.

    “This is a national crime and we have no intention of protecting anyone. There is no question of the crime but finding evidence and following due process is time consuming but we are determined to do things right,” said Wickramaratne.
    Numerous brave people and I have provided more than enough information to the Weliamuna Commission. There is a case for Treason against these people.

    However Druvi Perera, Pradeepa Kekulawala and others continue to be employed by UL.

    Just more talk imho.
    Last edited by ejanson65; 22-07-2016 at 05:14 AM. Reason: added comments
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  18. #7418
    https://sites.google.com/site/a350xw...roduction-list

    This site has now changed the customer name from Sri Lankan to AerCap but the final customer is still unconfirmed.

    Looks like the first 3 A350s have almost been cancelled by Sri Lankan.

  19. #7419
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    IIRC EK did temporarily cancel the CMB-SIN route previously when DXB was resurfacing the runway.
    This is temporary from January to March during the runway re-surfacing work. The flight will resume in April.

    EK will still operate 5 DXB-CMB-DXB flights during evening and night during this period. The exact schedule has to be finalised.

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/151122/bus...17-172304.html

  20. #7420
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    http://www.ft.lk/article/556620/UL-taxiing-for-reform


    "Of the three remaining A350 aircraft one is nearing completion and is expected to be delivered in October. Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim acknowledged the Government was working hard to find other carriers willing to take on the A330s and new A350 aircraft as the lease payments were astronomically high."
    What's this? We are getting the A350 again?

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