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  1. #9581
    Quote Originally Posted by srilankan1 View Post
    4r-ane is already in colombo??
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    http://bizenglish.adaderana.lk/edelw...h-and-colombo/

    Edelweiss Air from Switzerland is planning seasonal flights between CMB and ZRH starting from 2018 November. Hope that more European carriers flying to Srilanka next year like Lufthansa, Air France

  3. #9583
    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    http://bizenglish.adaderana.lk/edelw...h-and-colombo/

    Edelweiss Air from Switzerland is planning seasonal flights between CMB and ZRH starting from 2018 November. Hope that more European carriers flying to Srilanka next year like Lufthansa, Air France
    Wow Edelweiss to CMB with A340-300! Great to have A340-300 servicing CMB again soon!

  4. #9584

    Sri Lanka's Lotus Air eyes 3Q18 launch

    Logo of Lotus Air (Sri Lanka) Logo of Lotus Air (Sri Lanka) © Lotus Air (Sri Lanka)
    01DEC2017
    Lotus Air (Sri Lanka) (Colombo Int'l) is a start-up looking to commence domestic flights around Sri Lanka as well as regionally, in 2018.

    The project is a joint-venture between California-based Ambassador Air Group International LLC (AAGI) and a local Sri Lankan carrier.

    AAGI managing director Scott Robinson told the Ceylon Today newspaper that LotusAir would commence operations during the third quarter of 2018.

    Backed by USD100 million in start-up capital, Lotus Air will serve twelve towns around Sri Lanka, including Colombo Ratmalana, Mattala, Palali, Sigiriya, Katharagama and Trincomalee China Bay, before expanding to India and the Maldives.

    Robinson did not specify what fleet type would be used.

    According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Cinnamon Air (C7, Colombo Int'l) currently offers extensive coverage of the domestic Sri Lankan market serving ten towns around the island with a fleet of Cessna (single turboprop) (Grand) Caravan (Amphibians).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LankaXWB View Post
    Logo of Lotus Air (Sri Lanka) Logo of Lotus Air (Sri Lanka) © Lotus Air (Sri Lanka)
    01DEC2017
    Lotus Air (Sri Lanka) (Colombo Int'l) is a start-up looking to commence domestic flights around Sri Lanka as well as regionally, in 2018.

    The project is a joint-venture between California-based Ambassador Air Group International LLC (AAGI) and a local Sri Lankan carrier.

    Finally Domestic Competition! Hope to see the end of C7's Domestic Monopoly, better domestic connectivity and a reduction of domestic airfares in the near future
    What aircraft would Lotus Air opt for? I really hope they don't operate Cessnas, they'd be better off going for Turboprops with higher density seating. Would it feasible to acquire Bombardier Dash-8 Q300's/ Q200's for domestic rotations?
    Last edited by Aaqib; 04-12-2017 at 05:24 PM.
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  6. #9586
    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    http://bizenglish.adaderana.lk/edelw...h-and-colombo/

    Edelweiss Air from Switzerland is planning seasonal flights between CMB and ZRH starting from 2018 November. Hope that more European carriers flying to Srilanka next year like Lufthansa, Air France
    I remember the days Edelweiss Air served ZRH-CMB via MLE in the past.

    It's a good news Edelweiss is coming back to Colombo ! that's two weekly nonstop flights effective 3 Nov 2018 !

    What's the good reason European Airlines have started coming to Sri Lanka ? does the pax-yield to Sri Lanka getting better ?

    Edelweiss flight timetable Nov 2018

    ZRH-CMB - Thursdays - WK64 - A343 - 17:55 - 08:20 + 1 - Nonstop
    ZRH-CMB - Saturdays - WK64 - A343 - 21:05 - 11:30 + 1 - Nonstop

    CMB-ZRH - Fridays - WK65 - A343 - 10:05 - 16:35 - Nonstop
    CMB-ZRH - Sundays - WK65 - A343 - 13:15 - 19:45 - Nonstop

  7. #9587
    Recently fly on Srilankan A320 4R ABL from dhk to cmb , no in flight entertainment system available in this aircraft .Not good for a 03 hours journey.

  8. #9588
    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    Finally Domestic Competition! Hope to see the end of C7's Domestic Monopoly, better domestic connectivity and a reduction of domestic airfares in the near future
    What aircraft would Lotus Air opt for? I really hope they don't operate Cessnas, they'd be better off going for Turboprops with higher density seating. Would it feasible to acquire Bombardier Dash-8 Q300's/ Q200's for domestic rotations?
    Well I would suggest the first thing to do would be to do some research into these people.

    10 minutes of searching gives plenty of "Red Flags". Nothing indicates that these people have $100 million - looks more like a Peace Air to me.

    The company website is a vague collection of claims. Several of the listed people were involved with MEGA Maldives - enough said.

    Not to mention it is impossible to do legitimate business in the Corrupt, Lawless Failed State of Sri Lanka.

    My analysis:- Extremely unlikely and a good chance of being some kind of scam,.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  9. #9589
    4R-ANE airborne now as UL193... Looks like she had her first revenue flight last night as UL109.

    https://fr24.com/ALK193/fc249f9

  10. #9590
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Sr...g--141814.html

    As expected the IMF has given the GOSL the choice between closing down the Airline or closing down the country.

    I see they've also expressed concern about the health of the banks that have lent money to UL. ( TIP:- Get your money out of these banks ASAP ). More losses for the taxpayers coming up. Taxpayers will have to eat these loans.

    Not sure why they are talking about restructuring - there's nothing to restructure.

    - 12 year leases at above market rates with no termination clause is the main reason for the increased losses. No way out.
    - 4 A350 still to be paid for. Looks like another contract with no termination clause. No way out.
    - Under the current leasing arrangements more aircraft = more losses. Still more aircraft coming. No way out.

    Even the local papers are playing along with the fantasy that there are still options.

    When you read about the GOSL giving "letters of comfort" what that means is that the people of Sri Lanka are liable for the losses.

    It's not all bad - some people have made $$ Millions. Others have a nice cushy job with a huge salary and bonuses for doing absolutely nothing.

    I'm surprised it's lasted this long.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  11. #9591
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Sr...g--141814.html

    As expected the IMF has given the GOSL the choice between closing down the Airline or closing down the country.

    I see they've also expressed concern about the health of the banks that have lent money to UL. ( TIP:- Get your money out of these banks ASAP ). More losses for the taxpayers coming up. Taxpayers will have to eat these loans.

    Not sure why they are talking about restructuring - there's nothing to restructure.

    - 12 year leases at above market rates with no termination clause is the main reason for the increased losses. No way out.
    - 4 A350 still to be paid for. Looks like another contract with no termination clause. No way out.
    - Under the current leasing arrangements more aircraft = more losses. Still more aircraft coming. No way out.

    Even the local papers are playing along with the fantasy that there are still options.

    When you read about the GOSL giving "letters of comfort" what that means is that the people of Sri Lanka are liable for the losses.

    It's not all bad - some people have made $$ Millions. Others have a nice cushy job with a huge salary and bonuses for doing absolutely nothing.

    I'm surprised it's lasted this long.
    Dear Mr.Janson,
    Please keep your hatred only towards the airline and skip your comments about the country. Being a former employee of UL(crew scheduling), I know your story which can justify your hatred. But you too are partly responsible for your fate. So please know your limit and I am extremely sorry if I offended you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leyland View Post
    4R-ANE airborne now as UL193... Looks like she had her first revenue flight last night as UL109.

    https://fr24.com/ALK193/fc249f9
    A Friend just flew in from BKK on ANE. Great aircraft, although maintenance was below par. Seats , tray table and cup holders were stained and dirty. The crew claimed that it was an "old aircraft"!!
    More like a few weeks old!
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    A Aviastar-TU cargo airline Tupolev Tu-204-100C took off from CMB. A Tupolev finally in SL airspace!

  14. #9594
    Sri Lanka and the US signed an agreement to amend the US-Sri Lanka Open Skies Agreement of 2002 to facilitate the movement of cargo goods more efficiently and profitably,” the US Embassy said recently.

    The Embassy said the amendment strengthens global express delivery cargo networks, enhances bilateral connectivity and competitiveness, and facilitates economic growth and job creation.

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/US...nt-141629.html

  15. #9595
    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedbirdFlyer View Post
    Dear Mr.Janson,
    Please keep your hatred only towards the airline and skip your comments about the country. Being a former employee of UL(crew scheduling), I know your story which can justify your hatred. But you too are partly responsible for your fate. So please know your limit and I am extremely sorry if I offended you.
    Thank you brother. You made my day with this post.

  16. #9596
    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedbirdFlyer View Post
    Dear Mr.Janson,
    Please keep your hatred only towards the airline and skip your comments about the country. Being a former employee of UL(crew scheduling), I know your story which can justify your hatred. But you too are partly responsible for your fate. So please know your limit and I am extremely sorry if I offended you.
    Finally

  17. #9597
    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedbirdFlyer View Post
    Dear Mr.Janson,
    Please keep your hatred only towards the airline and skip your comments about the country. Being a former employee of UL(crew scheduling), I know your story which can justify your hatred. But you too are partly responsible for your fate. So please know your limit and I am extremely sorry if I offended you.
    This is an open forum and everyone has the right for their opinion; there are no censorship in internet...and if you do not like what is been said...you are most welcome to move on...

    There is nothing wrong on Captain Janson statement read below

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/171210/new...re-272473.html
    Last edited by Speedbird; 11-12-2017 at 02:30 AM.

  18. #9598
    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedbirdFlyer View Post
    Dear Mr.Janson,
    Please keep your hatred only towards the airline and skip your comments about the country. Being a former employee of UL(crew scheduling), I know your story which can justify your hatred. But you too are partly responsible for your fate. So please know your limit and I am extremely sorry if I offended you.
    You didn't offend me - you have every right to post your views.

    The correct word is anger - at the sorry state of UL and by extension the country. Things should never have been allowed to get to this point.

    There's no hatred from me towards ordinary UL Staff who are trying to the best they can under impossible conditions.

    I'd like to know how I am partly responsible for my own fate as none of the UL managers involved have ever responded to my e-mails for clarification. I have also never been accused of any wrongdoing. My record at UL speaks for itself - I have nothing to defend.

    Perhaps a better question is why aren't some of you angry with the current state of affairs?

    And a second question - what is wrong with exposing the truth?
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  19. #9599
    SriLankan Airlines is going to open new second-tier destinations in China.

    Sri Lanka has formally handed over the Hambantota Port to China and SL Gov has received $292M. Any possibility Hambantota Airport will get direct flights from / to China to transport the port workers? I am curious how does the government is going to use the income from Hambantota Port which has been leased out to China. I am sure they have to use the income for pay off the China loans. But Will the SL Gov use the part of the income for paying off the debt of the national air carrier?

  20. #9600
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    SriLankan Airlines is going to open new second-tier destinations in China.

    Sri Lanka has formally handed over the Hambantota Port to China and SL Gov has received $292M. Any possibility Hambantota Airport will get direct flights from / to China to transport the port workers? I am curious how does the government is going to use the income from Hambantota Port which has been leased out to China. I am sure they have to use the income for pay off the China loans. But Will the SL Gov use the part of the income for paying off the debt of the national air carrier?
    Isn't the airport being given on a long term lease to India?

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