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  1. #9781
    Quote Originally Posted by shiwankaswe View Post
    Airbus () has stopped delivering A320neo jets powered by Pratt & Whitneys () geared turbofan engines and halted pre-delivery test flights after the latest technical hitch to affect the supplier, two sources familiar with the matter said.

    A European safety bulletin, effectively grounding aircraft that have already been delivered with two engines from the same suspect batch, affects about 15-20 aircraft already in service,, they said.

    Airbus has briefed airlines and leasing companies on the problem and cannot yet say how long it will take to resolve, one of the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

    An Airbus spokesman said the planemaker is in discussions with customers about delivery schedules.

    Source - timesheraldnews
    https://www.timesheraldnews.com/news...ces-0ypol17-re
    It's going to affect the delivery of SriLankan A321Neo - 4R-ANF. According to Planespotters.net, 4R-ANF (MSN8106) is in the production hall.

  2. #9782
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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    It's going to affect the delivery of SriLankan A321Neo - 4R-ANF. According to Planespotters.net, 4R-ANF (MSN8106) is in the production hall.
    Bad News

  3. #9783
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    It's going to affect the delivery of SriLankan A321Neo - 4R-ANF. According to Planespotters.net, 4R-ANF (MSN8106) is in the production hall.
    It won't, as ANF is powered by CFM LEAP 1A-26 engines. The problem is occuring with P&W engines.

  4. #9784
    First batch of stats for UL's Melbourne flight are out -

    For the month of November 2017 -

    * The inbound UL604 flight carried 6,368 passengers out of an available seat capacity of 8,490 - this represents a load factor of 75%.

    Total freight carried was 229.3 tonnes or roughly 7.65 tonnes of freight per day.

    * The outbound UL605 flight carried 6,213 passengers out of an available seat capacity of 8,490 - this represents a load factor of 73.2%

    Total freight carried was 230.2 tonnes or roughly 7.65 tonnes of freight per day.

    Source - https://bitre.gov.au/publications/on...ivity_1711.pdf (refer to pages 13 & 20)

    From December 2017 onwards - expect available seat capacity to decrease slightly, as the A330-200s were in operation completely, as opposed to the A330-300 being subbed in for the first week of November.

    Make what you will of these numbers - but the usual disclaimer applies (this does not reflect the profitability of the route in any way, shape or form)

  5. #9785
    Quote Originally Posted by abhijith16 View Post
    First batch of stats for UL's Melbourne flight are out -

    For the month of November 2017 -

    * The inbound UL604 flight carried 6,368 passengers out of an available seat capacity of 8,490 - this represents a load factor of 75%.

    Total freight carried was 229.3 tonnes or roughly 7.65 tonnes of freight per day.

    * The outbound UL605 flight carried 6,213 passengers out of an available seat capacity of 8,490 - this represents a load factor of 73.2%

    Total freight carried was 230.2 tonnes or roughly 7.65 tonnes of freight per day.

    Source - https://bitre.gov.au/publications/on...ivity_1711.pdf (refer to pages 13 & 20)

    From December 2017 onwards - expect available seat capacity to decrease slightly, as the A330-200s were in operation completely, as opposed to the A330-300 being subbed in for the first week of November.

    Make what you will of these numbers - but the usual disclaimer applies (this does not reflect the profitability of the route in any way, shape or form)
    SriLankan is going to fly Sydney

    http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/s...-to-australia/

  6. #9786
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    That's not what the article says - it talks about the "possibility"

    I wouldn't pay any attention to anything Suren "Fake News" Ratwatte says - he's just another BS talker.

    I thought he'd been removed from his position? Guess not.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  7. #9787
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    That's not what the article says - it talks about the "possibility"

    I wouldn't pay any attention to anything Suren "Fake News" Ratwatte says - he's just another BS talker.

    I thought he'd been removed from his position? Guess not.
    Seems like he doesn't want to leave his position as I've heard, no matter how much people are forcing him to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    SriLankan is going to fly Sydney

    [url]http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/srilankan
    Not a good idea.

  9. #9789
    Are there any A340's that fly into colombo anymore? I know Qatar used to do its Colombo-Doha route on A340-600 as I have been on it but i haven't seen any for a while. Did they stop using them?

  10. #9790
    Did anyone notice there is an aircraft roaming inside Srilanka like amparai Rathmalana
    N581 Registration

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    Saudia Connects Medina to Colombo

    Saudia has begun its direct service from Colombo (CMB) to Medina (MED) on their Boeing 77W

    The twice weekly rotation is operated on Tuesdays and Fridays, making it the Saudi Arabian National Carriers third connection to CMB
    - Aaqib (FlyinColors/Airlines747)

  12. #9792
    Quote Originally Posted by Azamh View Post
    Did anyone notice there is an aircraft roaming inside Srilanka like amparai Rathmalana
    N581 Registration
    It's Sri Lankan Air Force's white painted helicopter for the United Nations ops. Registration, SMH-581.

  13. #9793
    Quote Originally Posted by Shayansp View Post
    Are there any A340's that fly into colombo anymore? I know Qatar used to do its Colombo-Doha route on A340-600 as I have been on it but i haven't seen any for a while. Did they stop using them?
    QR is currently operating B773ER and A320 on the Colombo route but according to QR website A346 is in operation next week. Edelweiss Air of Switzerland is going to operate A343 to Colombo from Nov 2018.

  14. #9794
    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    Saudia has begun its direct service from Colombo (CMB) to Medina (MED) on their Boeing 77W

    The twice weekly rotation is operated on Tuesdays and Fridays, making it the Saudi Arabian National Carriers third connection to CMB
    Is it schedule nonstop SV flights between Medinah and Colombo ? How many weekly flights are operating from RUH & JED to Colombo by SV ?

  15. #9795
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    QR is currently operating B773ER and A320 on the Colombo route but according to QR website A346 is in operation next week. Edelweiss Air of Switzerland is going to operate A343 to Colombo from Nov 2018.
    Thanks for the info!

  16. #9796
    Sichuan Airlines awaits its first A350-900 of three leased from AerCap and another from Air Lease Corporation. The four airframes were destined for the debt ridden SriLankan Airlines, which canceled its order last year.

    😞

    Source:AinOnline

  17. #9797
    SriLankan stops Kunming flights next month

    SriLankan Airlines will be pulling out its operations to Kunming as a result of a poor load factor on this route that has been highly dependent on Chinese travellers alone.

    “Since the inception, the Kunming route has been highly dependent on the Chinese tourist market with very less contribution from other network stations, therefore it has very little opportunity to improve its seat load factor,” the airline said in response to an email query.

    Airline spokesperson Deepal Perera noted that the non-stop services to Kunming primarily on the Chinese tourist market to Colombo and Male operated a seat factor of 69 per cent for the FY 2016/17. It reduced to 65 per cent during April 2017/18.

    It was pointed out that the “unfavourable seat load factors were not sufficient to cover the total route costs,” as a result of which the national carrier has incurred “continuous loses” on this route.

    After discontinuing flights to Kunming from March 1, the narrow-bodied aircraft would be deployed to other destinations. The airline is continuing its four non-stop flights each to Beijing and Shanghai, daily non-stop to Guangzhou and five weekly nonstop to Hong Kong on single aisle aircraft. On average the airline deploys an average seat capacity of 4500 seats one way per week to China excluding Kunming. (SD)

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/180218/bus...th-282185.html

  18. #9798
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    SriLankan stops Kunming flights next month

    SriLankan Airlines will be pulling out its operations to Kunming as a result of a poor load factor on this route that has been highly dependent on Chinese travellers alone.

    “Since the inception, the Kunming route has been highly dependent on the Chinese tourist market with very less contribution from other network stations, therefore it has very little opportunity to improve its seat load factor,” the airline said in response to an email query.

    Airline spokesperson Deepal Perera noted that the non-stop services to Kunming primarily on the Chinese tourist market to Colombo and Male operated a seat factor of 69 per cent for the FY 2016/17. It reduced to 65 per cent during April 2017/18.

    It was pointed out that the “unfavourable seat load factors were not sufficient to cover the total route costs,” as a result of which the national carrier has incurred “continuous loses” on this route.

    After discontinuing flights to Kunming from March 1, the narrow-bodied aircraft would be deployed to other destinations. The airline is continuing its four non-stop flights each to Beijing and Shanghai, daily non-stop to Guangzhou and five weekly nonstop to Hong Kong on single aisle aircraft. On average the airline deploys an average seat capacity of 4500 seats one way per week to China excluding Kunming. (SD)

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/180218/bus...th-282185.html
    It seems UL is terminating Kunming route because China Eastern has started nonstop flights from Kunming and Male' effective 25-Jan-2018.

    UL should terminate GAN route as it's experiencing poor load factors. not sure about the yield. I wonder what's the pax load factor on SEZ route.

  19. #9799
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    Sichuan Airlines awaits its first A350-900 of three leased from AerCap and another from Air Lease Corporation. The four airframes were destined for the debt ridden SriLankan Airlines, which canceled its order last year.

    😞

    Source:AinOnline
    Did UL pay a penalty to Air Lease Corp for cancelling the single A350 order? I think the A350 order with Air Lease Corp was cancelled before airframe come into production.

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