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  1. #8081
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Is there any changes in management of the SriLankan Airlines very recently ?

    I was reading the news about SriLankan Airlines increasing the Bahrain and Muscat flights with Daily flights from May 2017. SriLankan Airlines COO, Mr. Siva Ramachandran was giving the interview to the media this time. CEO Mr.Suren Ratwette or Chairman Mr.Ajith Dias usually do these interviews to the media. This is a first time COO is coming to the media interview. COO is also said SriLankan have 80% average passenger load on Muscat flights and they are looking at starting a new destination in Salalah in the future.

    What's your opinion about SriLankan COO Mr. Siva Ramachandran? Is he suitable for the role?
    Could Salalah make profit for UL?

  2. #8082
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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Is there any changes in management of the SriLankan Airlines very recently ?

    I was reading the news about SriLankan Airlines increasing the Bahrain and Muscat flights with Daily flights from May 2017. SriLankan Airlines COO, Mr. Siva Ramachandran was giving the interview to the media this time. CEO Mr.Suren Ratwette or Chairman Mr.Ajith Dias usually do these interviews to the media. This is a first time COO is coming to the media interview. COO is also said SriLankan have 80% average passenger load on Muscat flights and they are looking at starting a new destination in Salalah in the future.

    What's your opinion about SriLankan COO Mr. Siva Ramachandran? Is he suitable for the role?
    Operating to Salalah is a pretty stupid idea just like Gan
    They should look to increase capacity to Muscat preferably to a daily flight
    I'm at CMB at the moment waiting for my flight to MCT will update on the load factor and the feasibility operating a daily connection

  3. #8083
    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    Operating to Salalah is a pretty stupid idea just like Gan
    They should look to increase capacity to Muscat preferably to a daily flight
    I'm at CMB at the moment waiting for my flight to MCT will update on the load factor and the feasibility operating a daily connection
    Salalah has a big work force of indian, Like kochi,chennai,trivandarupuram flights will be full
    currently air india express caters, i think srilankan can catch that market
    also lots of indonesian working over there,
    its a good move..

  4. #8084
    UL is making plans , to recruit 43 Expat Captains.

  5. #8085
    Quote Originally Posted by SKYBUCK729 View Post
    UL is making plans , to recruit 43 Expat Captains.
    The number I have is 45 and it's Captain and FO. I commented on this previously.

    http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka...er-3-7074.html

    Translation:- We can't find any serious candidates and we have no idea what to do now.

    As I stated previously - another EPIC FAIL.

    Here's an idea Ravi K - close it down asap.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  6. #8086
    Sri Lanka may consider other options for Sri Lankan Airlines

    Sri Lanka may consider other transparent options to find a partner for state-run SriLankan Airlines if the government decides that proposals made so far can be bettered, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

    "We are currently in talks. I think we may have to look at this more broadly,"

    "We are looking at the proposals made by several companies," Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told reporters.

    " If we think we can get proposals that are not good enough and better options are possible, we may broaden the process. It will be through a transparent process."

    Sri Lanka called expressions of interest to find a partner for SriLankan Airlines before the end of 2016, but no decision has been announced so far.

    The government has said it was willing to take off most of the legacy debt of the airlines acquired to finance losses made after ex-President Mahinda Rajapasksa terminated a management contract with Emirates.

    http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka...er-3-7074.html

  7. #8087
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Interesting
    Qatar Airways says it has purchased a 10-percent stake in Chile’s LATAM Airlines Group for $608 million.

    The Doha-based state airline announced the stock purchase late Wednesday.

    LATAM announced in mid-July an agreement in which Qatar Airways would buy 10 percent of the company via the issuance of new shares, with a payment of $10 per share. In the final deal, Qatar purchased 60.8 million LATAM shares, the company said.

    “The entrance of Qatar Airways into the ownership (of LATAM) is an opportunity to develop a long-term relationship and explore new opportunities for connectivity with Asia and the Middle East,” LATAM said in a statement.

    http://www.arabnews.com/node/1031561/business-economy

  8. #8088
    the registration of the first of SriLankan Airlines Airbus A320-251N(WL) will be 4R-ANA.

  9. #8089
    Quote Originally Posted by Srilankan1 View Post
    the registration of the first of SriLankan Airlines Airbus A320-251N(WL) will be 4R-ANA.
    4R-ANA should be coming out of the Maintenance Hangar this week. Waiting for the surprise photos

  10. #8090
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Gulf Air has announced the Flight Schedule for upcoming direct flights to Colombo.

    BAH-CMB - 12:50 - 20:10 - GF136 - TU.SU
    BAH-CMB - 20:10 - 03:30 - GF138 - WE.TH.FR+1

    CMB-BAH - 21:10 - 00:10 - GF137 - TU.SU
    CMB-BAH - 04:30 - 07:30 - GF139 - TH.FR.SA

    Any idea which aircraft GF is going to be used for the above flights?
    Gulf Air reconnects Colombo to its network from 19th January 2017.

  11. #8091
    Hi Rahal, Any idea why does 4R-ABK is not flying for last few weeks ?

  12. #8092
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Hi Rahal, Any idea why does 4R-ABK is not flying for last few weeks ?
    Hello ...
    You will never see 4R-ABK again my friend... It is currently undergoing Redelivery checks ...
    Cheers

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  14. #8094
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    Sadly there are still people who buy into this.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  15. #8095
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    Sadly there are still people who buy into this.
    It is getting weirder by the minute

    http://www.economynext.com/Bidder_fo...-3-7122-6.html

    A bidder for Sri Lanka's loss-making national airline on Thursday promised to appease Lord Murugan and conduct daily rituals if they are given a controlling stake in the airline and the Mattala airport.

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    He said he is in talks with Malaysia airlines to buy six A380 double decker aircraft to run Peace Air parallel to Sri Lankan. However, Peace Air does not posses a licence to operate air services, but Wethasinghe said it would be a formality before he got it


    What next? Voodoo and witchcraft to make the debt disappear? Someone needs to admit these people to Angoda very soon.
    Last edited by LukeSkywalker; 20-01-2017 at 12:53 AM.

  16. #8096
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    It is getting weirder by the minute

    http://www.economynext.com/Bidder_fo...-3-7122-6.html

    A bidder for Sri Lanka's loss-making national airline on Thursday promised to appease Lord Murugan and conduct daily rituals if they are given a controlling stake in the airline and the Mattala airport.

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    He said he is in talks with Malaysia airlines to buy six A380 double decker aircraft to run Peace Air parallel to Sri Lankan. However, Peace Air does not posses a licence to operate air services, but Wethasinghe said it would be a formality before he got it


    What next? Voodoo and witchcraft to make the debt disappear? Someone needs to admit these people to Angoda very soon.
    ^^^ LMAO If I am the government I would say ok bring me the money not a cheque...and here take all of this
    Last edited by Speedbird; 20-01-2017 at 03:31 AM.

  17. #8097
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    It is getting weirder by the minute

    http://www.economynext.com/Bidder_fo...-3-7122-6.html

    A bidder for Sri Lanka's loss-making national airline on Thursday promised to appease Lord Murugan and conduct daily rituals if they are given a controlling stake in the airline and the Mattala airport.

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    He said he is in talks with Malaysia airlines to buy six A380 double decker aircraft to run Peace Air parallel to Sri Lankan. However, Peace Air does not posses a licence to operate air services, but Wethasinghe said it would be a formality before he got it


    What next? Voodoo and witchcraft to make the debt disappear? Someone needs to admit these people to Angoda very soon.
    Peace Air


  18. #8098
    Shortlisted bidder for SriLankan charges bids being rigged

    PeaceAir Pvt Ltd, one of the three shortlisted candidates of the bids for the management of SriLankan Airlines (SriLankan) yesterday held a press conference to express its frustration over the bid evaluation process, which they charged was not transparent. “Please inform the public of our bids because someone is trying to hide our bids and our documents. No one gave comprehensive bids like us,” PeaceAir Chairman Gamini Wethasinghe said yesterday, and said that he has a “feeling” to this effect, even though he is sure that PeaceAir should win the contract. He added that the government was supposed to open up SriLankan Airlines for due diligence from PeaceAir and its consulting partners Lufthansa Consulting and Privatair, but that this is yet to happen. Meanwhile, he said that he has no idea about what State Enterprises Development Minister Kabir Hashim will discuss at the press conference about SriLankan tomorrow. Mirror Business has received an invitation from the State Enterprises Development Ministry for a press conference on SriLankan Airlines, which is to be held today (20th). PeaceAir CEO Keerthi Dissanayake said that PeaceAir has arrived to remove the debt burden of SriLankan from the government and the people of Sri Lanka. “The government can’t invest money. So we have come in. We’re willing to put in US$ 5.5 billion. No one in their right mind would say no, unless there’s a better offer, and with 40 years of experience, I can say that this is the best offer,” he said. He noted that US$ 1.25 billion will be utilized to purchase up to 70 percent of SriLankan shares, 90 percent of SriLankan subsidiary Mihin Lanka airline shares, and 100 percent of the SriLankan Catering shares, of which US$ 1 billion is for the settlement of the airline group’s debts. Further, he said that US$ 1.75 billion will be used to purchase 25 more new aircraft; Airbus 380s, Boeing 787s and Boeing 747s, while another US$ 250 million will be used as working capital. “So, we don’t want to let go of the current SriLankan employees. We want to train and hire more to operate these aircraft,” he said. Under phase 2, for which US$ 2.2 billion has been allocated in the proposal, Wethasinghe said that 50 more aircraft will be purchased and added to SriLankan through its future parent PeaceAir. He further added that he was currently in negotiations with his funding partners based in Monaco and Switzerland for investing a further US$ 3.3 billion, bringing the total investment to US$ 8.8 billion, but refused to mention who the investors were, despite calling for transparency from the government. He alleged that SriLankan was making large profits but due to poor past management, which had entered into operational leases of aircraft instead of outright purchasing them, aircraft leasing companies are siphoning all the profits out of SriLankan. “We will definitely purchase new aircraft and look at converting operating leases to lease purchase options or immediately purchase aircraft to replace the current operating leases with the same type of Airbus aircraft, as funds are available to proceed in this direction,” Dissanayake added. PeaceAir is intent on making SriLankan into a global airline that is larger than the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, Wethasinghe said. The current management of SriLankan is cutting down the airline’s routes in order to make it into a regional airline. Along with the bid for the management contract of SriLankan, PeaceAir is also bidding to purchase 80 percent of shares of Mattala International Airport for US$ 200 million, with further payments which would place the full payment for Mattala Airport at US$ 500 million. Wethasinghe said that PeaceAir will utilize Mattala as a hub for airline operation, cargo and logistics as well as maintenance and engineering. He said that PeaceAir has been in existence since 1992 and that it has operated in partnership with airlines in Europe, Middle East and Australia since 1998. - source: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Sh....0zEAvxtI.dpuf

  19. #8099
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    ^^^ LMAO If I am the government I would say ok bring me the money not a cheque...and here take all of this
    Haha definitely agree. Then they should issue a second licence to someone else (i.e. another airline or local company) to start up a new airline from scratch.

    With their grandoise plans I'd give Peace Air one year before they go broke if they bought UL.

  20. #8100
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    Shortlisted bidder for SriLankan charges bids being rigged

    PeaceAir Pvt Ltd, one of the three shortlisted candidates of the bids for the management.................

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