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  1. #9521
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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    More SriLankan Airlines flights to London

    SriLankan Airlines sees further expansion with increasing flights to London Heathrow from 9 to 11 weekly from 21st December 2017. SriLankan's all London flights are operated onboard Airbus A330-300. On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, London Heathrow would see two SriLankan Airlines flights on the same day. It would be boost for the British tourists and North American passengers who fly onboard SriLankan Airlines.

    Also SriLankan is restoring the frequencies to destinations like Chennai from December when does the 3rd Airbus A321neo joins the fleet. Frequencies to Delhi, Doha and Dubai are going to be increased.

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    Srilankan should consider operating twice daily LHR flights throughout the year if they don:t restore FRA and CDG flights back. It will be much easier for North American passengers who are travelling to Srilanka and South India. The existing evening flight leaving LHR to CMB has no good connection specially from Canada.It will also attract MEL to European travellers to some extent.

  2. #9522
    Quote Originally Posted by LankaXWB View Post
    Today I flown to Delhi on this. Flight almost full in both business and economy. Also lot of transfer traffic from Melbourne.
    Last night's UL604 to MEL was upgraded to A333 (4R-ALM) from the scheduled A332. Not sure if this is due to load factor or unavailability of an A332 aircraft.

  3. #9523
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    It seems UL wants to get four more aircraft and it appears to be four A350 order hasn't been cancelled yet.

    National carrier in search of partner, bid to buy four more aircraft: Report

    “However, there is an agreement to purchase brand new four aircraft (A350-900) which are to be delivered in 2020. The Cabinet has appointed a special ministerial committee to make final decision in this regard,” the report said.
    My guess:-

    Another corrupt deal without a termination clause. That's why all the "Big Talk" about converting this order has gone quiet. The GOSL has to pay up!

    Also explains why UL suddenly needed a loan - to pay off the next installment.

    4 A350 cost $1.1 Billion. Normally Airlines negotiate a discount but given that this deal is all about the commissions it's quite possible they are paying full price. That means that even if they can sell the production slots they will take a huge loss as they will need to sell at at a huge discount. More huge losses for the people of Sri Lanka to pay off.

    Doesn't look like there's going to be an investigation so we may never know the full story.

    Another financial disaster on top of everything else.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  4. #9524
    Quote Originally Posted by leyland View Post
    Last night's UL604 to MEL was upgraded to A333 (4R-ALM) from the scheduled A332. Not sure if this is due to load factor or unavailability of an A332 aircraft.
    May be. As per my estimation about 40% of the load are transfer traffic.

  5. #9525
    Quote Originally Posted by Haleef View Post
    4R-MRE painted in UL colors. Do not upload picture anywhere else on the internet.
    yeah. 4R-MRE painted in SriLankan livery
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  6. #9526
    Quote Originally Posted by Dilupa777-300ER View Post
    yeah. 4R-MRE painted in SriLankan livery
    Does it have new SriLankan cabin and seats?

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