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  1. #7681
    SriLankan Airlines later this month is introducing expanded service to Pakistan, which sees the offering of Colombo – Lahore route. From 27SEP16, the oneWorld member plans to operate this route twice a week, with Airbus A320 aircraft.

    UL185 CMB2010 – 2335LHE 320 24
    UL186 LHE0035 – 0505CMB 320 35

    This service is currently scheduled until 28OCT16.

  2. #7682
    Quote Originally Posted by janhongladarom View Post
    SriLankan Airlines later this month is introducing expanded service to Pakistan, which sees the offering of Colombo – Lahore route. From 27SEP16, the oneWorld member plans to operate this route twice a week, with Airbus A320 aircraft.

    UL185 CMB2010 – 2335LHE 320 24
    UL186 LHE0035 – 0505CMB 320 35

    This service is currently scheduled until 28OCT16.
    Any idea when SriLankan Airlines is going to takeover rest of the Mihin Lanka routes ? it looks like Mihin flights to Gaya and Varanasi are going to be terminated from end of Nov if i'm not mistaken.

  3. #7683
    Malaysia Airlines Operational Schedule Changes effective 6-Jan-2017 until 6-Apr-2017. The Flight MH184/185 will be operating during the night instead of day time due to Colombo Airport Runway Maintenance.

    KUL-CMB - MH179 - 22:10 - 23:15 - B738 - DAILY
    KUL-CMB - MH185 - 23:05 - 23:59 - B738 - 356

    CMB-KUL - MH178 - 00:15 - 06:25 - B738 - DAILY
    CMB-KUL - MH184 - 01:00 - 07:10 - B738 - 467

  4. #7684
    SriLankan Airlines in winter 2016/17 season is reducing overall frequencies to Guangzhou, which sees reduction from 7 to 4 weekly. Existing 3 weekly Colombo – Guangzhou nonstop service will operate until 28/29OCT16, while maintaining 4 weekly Colombo – Bangkok – Guangzhou service.

    This route is mainly operated by A330-300 aircraft.

    UL882 CMB0701 – 1155BKK1250 – 1645CAN 333 x146
    UL883 CAN1755 – 2005BKK2100 – 2255CMB 333 x146

  5. #7685
    Quote Originally Posted by janhongladarom View Post
    SriLankan Airlines in winter 2016/17 season is reducing overall frequencies to Guangzhou, which sees reduction from 7 to 4 weekly. Existing 3 weekly Colombo – Guangzhou nonstop service will operate until 28/29OCT16, while maintaining 4 weekly Colombo – Bangkok – Guangzhou service.

    This route is mainly operated by A330-300 aircraft.

    UL882 CMB0701 – 1155BKK1250 – 1645CAN 333 x146
    UL883 CAN1755 – 2005BKK2100 – 2255CMB 333 x146
    I thought SriLankan have good passenger/cargo demand on their China flights. Why does SriLankan reducing Guangzhou flights from Daily to 4 weekly.

  6. #7686
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    I thought SriLankan have good passenger/cargo demand on their China flights. Why does SriLankan reducing Guangzhou flights from Daily to 4 weekly.
    Full aircraft does not mean that they make money - it's all about the yield on any given route.

    Best guess - part of ongoing efforts to reduce losses.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  7. #7687
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    Full aircraft does not mean that they make money - it's all about the yield on any given route.

    Best guess - part of ongoing efforts to reduce losses.
    I have to agree. I think the yield on China-Sri Lanka route seems to be low. Air China was launched the Beijing-Colombo in Oct 2015 but the flight didn't last long. China Eastern is planning cancel the Shanghai-Colombo service from Apr 2017. Therefore only China Eastern will continue serving Chengu-Colombo and Air China on Kunming-Colombo.

  8. #7688
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    I have to agree. I think the yield on China-Sri Lanka route seems to be low. Air China was launched the Beijing-Colombo in Oct 2015 but the flight didn't last long. China Eastern is planning cancel the Shanghai-Colombo service from Apr 2017. Therefore only China Eastern will continue serving Chengu-Colombo and Air China on Kunming-Colombo.
    Hey Banu,

    China Eastern - Kunming - Colombo - Male service operates with A330 replaces B737 - http://airport.lk/flight_info/arriva...t_schedule.php

  9. #7689
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    I have to agree. I think the yield on China-Sri Lanka route seems to be low. Air China was launched the Beijing-Colombo in Oct 2015 but the flight didn't last long. China Eastern is planning cancel the Shanghai-Colombo service from Apr 2017. Therefore only China Eastern will continue serving Chengu-Colombo and Air China on Kunming-Colombo.
    One reason (Yield is low) for operating into CMB is landing cost and Jet A1 fuel cost is extremely high for a lower service/facility airport. This would not change since monopoly of the ground handling is with UL, landing cost is with AASL monopoly and CPC control the Jet A1 fuel price (which is second highest in Asia - I assume after MLE).

  10. #7690
    UL 880 is delayed for more than four and half hours. Anyone knows what's going on.

  11. #7691
    Quote Originally Posted by Mach3 View Post
    UL 880 is delayed for more than four and half hours. Anyone knows what's going on.
    Yes.. why it was delayed ? aircraft is 4R-ALB. I can notice a few UL flight delays since Aug. But I don't think UL still have issues with pilot regarding the breathalyzer test : http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/0...-major-crisis/

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  12. #7692
    Quote Originally Posted by Mach3 View Post
    UL 880 is delayed for more than four and half hours. Anyone knows what's going on.
    My understanding is that the work to rule is still in place - they may have had an issue finding crew for this flight.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  13. #7693

    Insufficient Fuel On Board Heathrow Flight Forces Diversion To Gatwik


  14. #7694
    Interesting bit from the above article:

    "4R ALR, though being delivered brand new last year has been experiencing a fuel hiding recurring problem. The faulty glitch is where approximately two tons of fuel mysteriously goes missing in flight."

    There cannot be any mystery in fuel calculation. Could this be an aerodynamic issue with the fuselage or an issue with trimming?

    If it is a problem with the fuel gauges, it should be glaringly obvious.

  15. #7695
    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman View Post
    Interesting bit from the above article:

    "4R ALR, though being delivered brand new last year has been experiencing a fuel hiding recurring problem. The faulty glitch is where approximately two tons of fuel mysteriously goes missing in flight."
    Is it impossible to detect that something is wrong with the aircraft's fuel burning, with the data collected from thousands of flights?

  16. #7696
    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman View Post
    Interesting bit from the above article:

    "4R ALR, though being delivered brand new last year has been experiencing a fuel hiding recurring problem. The faulty glitch is where approximately two tons of fuel mysteriously goes missing in flight."

    There cannot be any mystery in fuel calculation. Could this be an aerodynamic issue with the fuselage or an issue with trimming?

    If it is a problem with the fuel gauges, it should be glaringly obvious.
    Their re-dispatch flight planning finally bites them in the ass! Cost of diversion is probably more than several years of savings realised using this procedure.

    If they have a fuel hiding issue then the question is why send this aircraft on this route?

    They know the fuel on departure - they can simply add up the fuel used plus the fuel remaining at destination to see if it is the same as the departure fuel. If it is not the same then there is a leak.

    Airbus fuel systems are very sensitive to any water in the fuel - not sure how often they drain the sumps on these aircraft. A lot of experience at engineering has also walked out of the door in recent years. All the best people have gone.

    I've seen one aircraft where 1100kg of "missing" fuel was reduced to 600kg after the sumps were drained. My experience is that this "missing" fuel comes back in the latter stages of flight.

    When I worked at UL their fuel policy was very poorly written and very ambiguous - not sure if this is still the case.

    I am in no way second guessing the Capt's decision to divert - that's his choice to make. I wasn't there and don't know the actual fuel situation on this flight.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  17. #7697
    SriLankan Airlines Ltd is seeking to improve its load factor on its profitable Kuala Lumpur route. It currently operates two daily flights onboard A320 between Colombo and Kuala Lumpur. SriLankan Chairman said SriLankan flights to Kuala Lumpur have with a passenger load factor of 85% during peak period and 75% during off-peak period. From end of Oct 2016, SriLankan will be operating one daily A320 and one daily A332 on the Colombo-Kuala Lumpur sector.

  18. #7698
    Himalaya Airlines starting Colombo flights from 1 Oct 2016

    KATHMANDU, Sept 20: Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-China joint venture airline, is starting scheduled flight to Colombo from October 1.

    The airline will fly its Airbus A320-214 -- configured with eight Business Class and 150 Economy Class seats -- on the new route, according to Vijay Shrestha, vice president-administration of Himalaya Airlines.

    Himalaya Airlines will fly to the Sri Lankan capital city three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will depart from Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu at 1130 hours and will arrive in Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo at 1515 hours, according to Shrestha. “The flight leaves Colombo at 1615 hrs and arrives Kathmandu at 2015 hours on the same day,” he added.

    “After an overwhelming response received from our two non-scheduled flights to Colombo, we found this route to be very potential," he said, adding: "We have observed passenger traffic data between the two countries over the last several years before arriving at the decision to commence scheduled flights."

    The airline also said that it was pleased to be able to resume services to and from Colombo as it is an important market for tourism promotion of both countries. "Flying to this destination will definitely promote tourism between two nations as well as generate new business opportunities," Shrestha added.

    The airline has appointed Classic Travel as its General Sales Agents (GSA). The company will be responsible for the airline's sales and marketing, market development, reservations and ticketing services representing, according to the statement.

    Himalaya Airlines is offering one-way fare at Rs 29,191 for and roundtrip fare at Rs 50,041.

    The fare is inclusive of all government taxes.

    The airline started commercial flights on May 31, starting a direct flight to Doha, Qatar. It has plans to connect Kathmandu with New Delhi, Yangon, Dammam, Beijing, Lhasa, Chengdu, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Dubai.

    Tibet Airlines owns 48.99 percent of stakes in the airline, while the remaining 51.01 percent are held by a consortium of Nepali investors.

    http://www.myrepublica.com/news/5995
    According to Amadeus, Himalaya Airlines will be flying 4 weekly schedule flights between Colombo and Kathmandu.

    Flight Schedule

    From Oct 2016 to 5 Jan 2017
    KTM-CMB - A320 - 11:25 - 15:15 - TU.TH.SA.SU
    CMB-KTM - A320 - 16:15 - 20:10 - TU.TH.SA.SU

    Effec 6-Jan-2017

    KTM-CMB - A320 - 23:25 - 03:15 +1 - TU.TH.SA.SU
    CMB-KTM - A320 - 04:15 - 08:10 - MO.WE.FR.SU

  19. #7699
    SriLankan extends Lahore schedule

    SriLankan Airlines in last week’s schedule update has extended operational schedule for Colombo – Lahore route, scheduled to commence on 27SEP16. For flights on/after 30OCT16, the airline continues to operate this route twice a week, on board Airbus A320 aircraft.

    UL185 CMB2010 – 2335LHE 320 24
    UL186 LHE0035 – 0505CMB 320 35

    Operational days switches to Day 27 from CMB, Day 13 from LHE, from 08JAN17.

    http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/...dule-into-w16/

  20. #7700
    Saudia Airlines is changing the operational schedule effective 6-Jan-2017 until 6-Apr-2017 due to Colombo Airport Runway Maintenance.

    jed-cmb - sv780 - b772 - 12:15 - 20:30 - mon
    jed-cmb - sv788 - b772 - 19:05 - 03:20 - wed+1
    jed-cmb - sv788 - b772 - 19:15 - 03:30 - sat+1
    ruh-cmb - sv786 - b772 - 08:45 - 19:10 - wed.sat - via mle

    cmb-jed - sv789 - b772 - 04:50 - 08:40 - thu
    cmb-jed - sv789 - b772 - 05:00 - 08:50 - sun
    cmb-jed - sv781 - b772 - 22:20 - 02:10 - mon+1
    cmb-ruh - sv787 - b772 - 20:40 - 02:20 - wed.sat+1 - via mle

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