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  1. #9481
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    Quote Originally Posted by vishwa View Post
    Malaysia wasn't a hub but they made it to a hub.. having India in the next door we have a better chance than anyone... for years to come Indians would love to take CMB as their transit...look how SIN became a hub.. size of SIN is hardly size of COLOMBO
    they proved size doesn't matter but the attitude...
    Not only india, Pakistan people also use CMB as transit when they travel to APAC because their restrictions in Indian air ports... that will also increased
    Last edited by shiwankaswe; 14-11-2017 at 01:44 AM.

  2. #9482
    Yesterday's UL141 (CMB-BOM) operated by 4R-ALC returned back to CMB. Heard on the radio that the aircraft had a tech issue and had to return back. 4R-ALC had operated UL605 from MEL just a couple of hours before departing as UL141 last night. 4R-ALC still on ground at CMB.

    https://www.flightradar24.com/data/f.../ul141#f84fe67

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Sr...IA-140336.html
    Last edited by leyland; 14-11-2017 at 05:13 AM. Reason: Added link from DM

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    Quote Originally Posted by leyland View Post
    Yesterday's UL141 (CMB-BOM) operated by 4R-ALC returned back to CMB. Heard on the radio that the aircraft had a tech issue and had to return back. 4R-ALC had operated UL605 from MEL just a couple of hours before departing as UL141 last night. 4R-ALC still on ground at CMB.

    https://www.flightradar24.com/data/f.../ul141#f84fe67

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Sr...IA-140336.html
    He got it wrong!"He also said the passengers were sent via another SriLankan flight around 3.34 this morning.
    The UL-141 SriLankan flight was a French made A- 320 aircraft." Is it A320 or A330?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vishwa View Post
    Malaysia wasn't a hub but they made it to a hub.. having India in the next door we have a better chance than anyone... for years to come Indians would love to take CMB as their transit...look how SIN became a hub.. size of SIN is hardly size of COLOMBO
    they proved size doesn't matter but the attitude...
    I know size doesn't matter, but the problem is the facilities, competitors and place where the country is situated. Well, in Singapore it is bordered with Malaysia, Indonesia and is some what close to China , Thailand and Vietnam, that means many opportunities to make it a hub! This is not the case in Sri Lanka. Only India is a hub! We only have Maldives and India in our vicinity. That means lot of work to make it a hub , Where Chennai has already is a aviation hub! More over there is competition for some routes like SIN-CMB (Sri Lankan, Singapore airlines, emirates, Silk Air) and CMB-MLE(Sri Lankan, China Eastern, China Southern, Korean, Emirates) This means less market share for Sri Lankan Airlines.

  5. #9485
    He got it wrong!"He also said the passengers were sent via another SriLankan flight around 3.34 this morning.
    The UL-141 SriLankan flight was a French made A- 320 aircraft." Is it A320 or A330?
    Well, there are several inaccuracies in that Daily Mirror article. The article also says the flight reached the destination before turning back but the data on FR24 says otherwise!! UL141 was about halfway to BOM when it turned back. I guess the ADS-B data on FR24 doesn't lie. So it should be A330 but I guess he got it wrong because UL141 was originally scheduled to be operated by an A320 if I'm not mistaken.

  6. #9486
    Hard to judge how serious Air Asia is about this.

    And of course whether they are prepared to do 'Business' Sri Lanka style! This has killed several deals already and cost the country billions in lost revenue.

    51% Government control is also a non starter for reasons that I've explained previously.

    This would be the end of UL. There is no way they can compete with 300+ employees per aircraft and expensive leases.

    This could also be the 'plan B' when the IMF forces the GOSL to close down UL. Hard to tell exactly what is going on.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  7. #9487
    Is this a scheduled flight?

    [IMG][url=https://flic.kr/p/21ww9aV]

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLD View Post
    I know size doesn't matter, but the problem is the facilities, competitors and place where the country is situated. Well, in Singapore it is bordered with Malaysia, Indonesia and is some what close to China , Thailand and Vietnam, that means many opportunities to make it a hub! This is not the case in Sri Lanka. Only India is a hub! We only have Maldives and India in our vicinity. That means lot of work to make it a hub , Where Chennai has already is a aviation hub! More over there is competition for some routes like SIN-CMB (Sri Lankan, Singapore airlines, emirates, Silk Air) and CMB-MLE(Sri Lankan, China Eastern, China Southern, Korean, Emirates) This means less market share for Sri Lankan Airlines.

    Lets talk about Hubs Shall we? I agree that Singapore one of the Major Hubs in South East Asia, so is Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta,not forgetting Hong Kong and they are all within the same radius like Colombo and its surroundings

    You cant say that only India is a hub because even Male is slowly but surely becoming a force to recon with in South Asia. So lets leave India a side, my argument here is why cant Colombo become a Hub like Male? CMB diffidently has more and much advanced "facilities" and i'd say where CMB is "located" from Male isnt a big issue either in terms of becoming a hub
    Don't you realize that there are way more carriers serving Maldives than Sri Lanka ? If so they can fly there why not Colombo? Isn't Sri Lanka a Tourist paradise?


    I do not agree on this nonsensical "One Airline is Enough" rant.
    Take Maldives again, they have 3 Airlines with Maldivian being the flag carrier.
    Maldivian has direct competition domestically by the other two players in the market FlyMe and TMA.
    The 4th being Mega Maldives, a private airline (under restructure at the moment) which is direct competition to Maldivian but no one there is complaining. Mind you the Maldivian archipelago is much smaller than Lanka.

    Sri Lankan Lacks domestic competition since its just Cinnamon Air that operates under the code-share with UL , targeting solely Foreigners... What about us locals? don't we deserve the right to fly within our county as well at a price affordable to all?
    - Aaqib (FlyinColors/Airlines747)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahmy221 View Post
    Is this a scheduled flight?

    [IMG][url=https://flic.kr/p/21ww9aV]
    If SV781 is flying directly to MED, this would definitely be a Charter flight for Umrah Pilgrims, Siriwijaya Airlines operates inbound flights from Medan (KNO) and Jakarta (CGK) to facilitate Umrah/Hajj Pilgrims who transit in CMB and fly onward to MED/JED on Chartered Saudia flights

    Any record of any flights coming in from Indonesia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by leyland View Post
    Well, there are several inaccuracies in that Daily Mirror article. The article also says the flight reached the destination before turning back but the data on FR24 says otherwise!! UL141 was about halfway to BOM when it turned back. I guess the ADS-B data on FR24 doesn't lie. So it should be A330 but I guess he got it wrong because UL141 was originally scheduled to be operated by an A320 if I'm not mistaken.
    Local newspapers should seriously think of hiring people with better knowledge on aviation before making such publications
    - Aaqib (FlyinColors/Airlines747)

  11. #9491
    My first thought on reading this was that another corrupt deal is being set up. From the article:-

    Among the team that made the presentation was Dilhan Haradasa, who is AirAsia’s Group Head of Network and Regulatory Affairs.
    A quick search shows this guy is Sri Lankan or a dual citizen. The fact that Sri Lankans are involved is a red flag - although in this case there isn't enough information to determine what is going on.

    Anyone know if this guy is 'connected'?
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  12. #9492
    as per Air Asia group CEO Tony Fernandes, the Sri Lanka venture is just a speculation

    http://www.themalaymailonline.com/mo...eiOcwMTpGhe.97

  13. #9493
    TUI (Former Thomson) airlines started Colombo flights yesteday. Their Boeing 787 was welcomed with a water cannon salute during mid-morning hours. Cannot find the flight information though.

  14. #9494
    Quote Originally Posted by Haleef View Post
    TUI (Former Thomson) airlines started Colombo flights yesteday. Their Boeing 787 was welcomed with a water cannon salute during mid-morning hours. Cannot find the flight information though.
    http://airsrilanka.org/showthread.ph...ll=1#post16662

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    There is a aircraft tracked as N581 in the Fighter hanger area of SLAF Katunayaka.

  16. #9496
    Sri Lanka commences Automatic Dependence Surveillance Operations

    Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva yesterday (15th Nov.) inaugurated the Automatic Dependence Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Operations at the Ratmalana Airport Control Center.

    Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) is considered as one of the latest developments in the surveillance technologies used for Air Traffic Control purposes.


    ADS-B system in-fact provides Radar-like information to the Air Traffic control Center on ground to determine the position, altitude, speed etc., of aircraft in-flight based on specific type of messages broadcast by the aircraft which containing its position information derived from the GPS.

    It’s less costly as it does not involve any Transmitters on Ground but only a set of Receivers located at selected locations in the country to capture the signals emitted by the aircraft, which are sent to a Central Processing Unit, which present the positional information of Aircraft within the applicable range, to the Air Traffic Control Center on ground.

    The ADS-B implementation project was awarded to ERA a.s of Czech Republic through an international competitive bidding process. Airport & Aviation Services (SL) Ltd., is proud to mention that the System Design and Site selection for ADS-B Receivers, meeting the optimized coverage requirements, have been carried out by its own team of Electronics Engineers without the services of any external consultancy services. The ADS-B system has been successfully tested and Flight Inspected in July 2017.

    ADS-B data received from all 05 Receivers located at BIA, MRIA, Pidurutalagala, Kilinochchi and Suriyakanda are now successfully fused and integrated with the existing Air Traffic Management (ATM) System at the Area Control Center located at Ratmalana Airport.

    https://www.news.lk/news/political-c...nce-operations

  17. #9497
    4R-MRE is doing test flights. Has it been painted in UL colours?
    https://www.flightradar24.com/UL316/f8be84c

  18. #9498
    Quote Originally Posted by Rahmy221 View Post
    Is this a scheduled flight?

    [IMG][url=https://flic.kr/p/21ww9aV]
    I think it's operating as CMB-MED-JED to transport hajj pilgrims but SV is operating schedule flights from JED nonstop & RUH via MLE to CMB.

  19. #9499
    Quote Originally Posted by dilushasg-bdavi View Post
    4R-MRE is doing test flights. Has it been painted in UL colours?
    https://www.flightradar24.com/UL316/f8be84c
    Why its recorded under flight UL316? I heard from technicians MRE is receiving UL livery. Any possibility MRE is getting re-registration under UL. Some thing like 4R-ABS ? Any pics?

  20. #9500
    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    If SV781 is flying directly to MED, this would definitely be a Charter flight for Umrah Pilgrims, Siriwijaya Airlines operates inbound flights from Medan (KNO) and Jakarta (CGK) to facilitate Umrah/Hajj Pilgrims who transit in CMB and fly onward to MED/JED on Chartered Saudia flights

    Any record of any flights coming in from Indonesia?
    Only those daily flights by UL are operating between CGK & CMB. Very surprised this time Sriwijaya or Garuda haven't operated via CMB.

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