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  1. #8421
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Maldivian Airlines to begin a Daily flights on Male' - Ratmalana route.
    After 50 years, Ratmalana Airport is going to operate the International Flights. Great News.
    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_1...89073828CH.php

    Looks like it's going to be a thrice daily Dash8 service

  2. #8422
    Quote Originally Posted by dilushasg-bdavi View Post
    Spicejet too should do the same and start the IXM-RML route instead of IXM-CMB
    If I am not mistaken, most of the IXM passengers are flying to CMB to take transit for Gulf and Far East flights. Better idea is MAA-RML.

    I am very surprised, Expo Aviation of Sri Lanka had a ATR in their fleet. Why didn't fly MLE, MAA, TRZ flights from RML ?

    Cant they be able to extend the RML runway towards land-side to accommodate A320/B737?

    Waste of money building an airport in HRI. SLgov must have build the second runway for CMB and improve the RML to the standard to handle regional flights.

  3. #8423
    Quote Originally Posted by umedhah View Post
    Wow great news
    Any idea , as to when they are going to start the RML/MLE flights

  4. #8424
    Quote Originally Posted by umedhah View Post
    Wow great news
    Not after 50 years. if I remember right , there were flights from RMA to South India in the early 70s

  5. #8425
    Quote Originally Posted by SKYBUCK729 View Post
    Any idea , as to when they are going to start the RML/MLE flights
    Maldivian said “We can announce a date to begin the flights over the next two to three weeks.”

  6. #8426
    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman View Post
    It appears while Eran wants to go ahead with TPG, Ravi wants to go back to square one and start dreaming for the white knight that never showed up.

    Also, the article repeatedly refers to TPG as the "shortlisted" party. If TPG are the only party in contention, aren't they the "Chosen" party? Is this an oversight or are they actually still looking at other two shortlisted parties too?

    As I said before, every day that GoSL keep UL in their books is a huge loss for the tax payer.
    Interesting read about how how Air Lanka was originally privatised (especially the speech by RW - wonder if this could come back to haunt him). Looks like its deja vu for TPG:

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/980524/news4.html

  7. #8427
    If Sri Lankan is Planning to be a regional Airline, Will they start Mauritius, Reunion

    Can A320 Neo fly this sector?

  8. #8428
    Quote Originally Posted by Aviational View Post
    If Sri Lankan is Planning to be a regional Airline, Will they start Mauritius, Reunion

    Can A320 Neo fly this sector?
    According to SriLankan Website, the range of an SriLankan's A320neo is 6850km (3780nm). So it should be able to do both MAU (3881km) and REU (4100km) from Colombo.

    SriLankan said it has interested in operating new routes to Yangoon, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Visakapatnam. I'm not sure if it's still the case.

    Btw could Mauritius and Reunion make good revenue for SriLankan?

  9. #8429
    When exactly in April-2017 is 4R-ANB planned to join UL. with that addition I reckon UL should immediately phase out aircrafts like 4R-ABL which are in a real shoddy state. I believe they don't have PTV's as well.

  10. #8430
    More "noise" from Suren "Big Noise" Ratwatte

    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2017/0...really-a-loss/

    Misleading statements and outright lies. Any way you want to look at it this lease was a disaster for UL. It should cost this guy his job.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  11. #8431
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    Misleading statements and outright lies. Any way you want to look at it this lease was a disaster for UL. It should cost this guy his job.
    Misleading: Yes, he makes it sound like a profit sharing venture (like a code share) when it was a straight up wet lease. As the lessor of the aircraft it does not share the "prestige" of the route. Just different insurance premiums.

    Disaster: I am not sure if that is the right way to describe it yet. It will be a disaster if,
    - PK does not pay the outstanding bills
    - If the wear and tear on the interior is substantial requiring re-fitting.

    We will have to wait and see.

  12. #8432
    Quote Originally Posted by Cayman View Post
    Misleading: Yes, he makes it sound like a profit sharing venture (like a code share) when it was a straight up wet lease. As the lessor of the aircraft it does not share the "prestige" of the route. Just different insurance premiums.

    Disaster: I am not sure if that is the right way to describe it yet. It will be a disaster if,
    - PK does not pay the outstanding bills
    - If the wear and tear on the interior is substantial requiring re-fitting.

    We will have to wait and see.
    Everything these people touch turns to sh*t - and this is going to be the exception? I seriously doubt that.

    And of course there is no mention of whatever 'side deals' were negotiated - it has been mentioned in the Pakistan newspapers. But of course things there run about the same as in Sri Lanka - nothing is actually done.

    Don't make the mistake that anything that goes on at UL resembles legitimate business of any kind. It's all Corruption/Theft/Fraud and Racketeering.

    There is no such thing as legitimate business in Sri Lanka imho - everybody is trying to get as much as possible for themselves. Just read the local papers.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  13. #8433
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    According to SriLankan Website, the range of an SriLankan's A320neo is 6850km (3780nm). So it should be able to do both MAU (3881km) and REU (4100km) from Colombo.

    SriLankan said it has interested in operating new routes to Yangoon, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Visakapatnam. I'm not sure if it's still the case.

    Btw could Mauritius and Reunion make good revenue for SriLankan?
    Thank you very much for the info banuthev.

    I think more Indian Origin people are living in both of these countries and UL might have a chance on this route.UL also should focus more on Cargo.

    May be the below routing will work out.
    CMB-MRU-REU-MRU-CMB

  14. #8434
    Air India may launch Madurai (IXM) – Ratmalana (RML) services, Aircraft – ATR-72-600.

  15. #8435
    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Air India may launch Madurai (IXM) – Ratmalana (RML) services, Aircraft – ATR-72-600.
    Any source?

    I read from dailynews SLgov is talks with Indian airline and private operator to start new destinations in India from RML.

  16. #8436
    Why UL216 (4R-ANA) got late to depart from Bahrain International Airport yesterday(13th)? FR24 indicates that it leaved the main apron at 20:09 UTC and then again entered to Western apron at 20:41 UTC before departing to Colombo 21:12 UTC

  17. #8437
    I heard in the news today that the resurfacing work would be complete on the VCBI's runway two weeks ahead of schedule. Now does this mean that the quality of the resurfacing work is compromised. It also said that UL may be able to resume day flights for some destinations meanwhile until the original timeline of resurfacing others carries would stick to the current amended schedule as they have no time to change them back to the normal schedule.

  18. #8438
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Any source?

    I read from dailynews SLgov is talks with Indian airline and private operator to start new destinations in India from RML.
    According to AI sources, they requested for IXM – CMB but CAA proposed IXM – RML.

    Nothing is finalized yet.

  19. #8439
    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    According to AI sources, they requested for IXM – CMB but CAA proposed IXM – RML.

    Nothing is finalized yet.
    Question is would RML produce enough pax to fill a ATR72-600. And the main problem is RML would be not favourable for anyone from Colombo north and beyond.
    Anyway does anyone know the landing/service/takeoff charges between RML and CMB. Does RML have facilities like Catering etc

  20. #8440
    Quote Originally Posted by Mach3 View Post
    Question is would RML produce enough pax to fill a ATR72-600. And the main problem is RML would be not favourable for anyone from Colombo north and beyond.
    Anyway does anyone know the landing/service/takeoff charges between RML and CMB. Does RML have facilities like Catering etc
    Right now, there's a large Indian & Maldivian community living and working in Lanka, and a lot of them live along the wellawatte, dehiwala, mount Lavinia stretch. My thinking is that this is for them.

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