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  1. #8921
    Hello Gents,

    We have started a new thread on our forum for discussing about emerging Railway of Sri Lanka. It will be much appreciated if you share the news, updates, pictures and videos on this thread.

    Railways - http://www.airsrilanka.org/showthrea...ll=1#post15769

    Thank you
    Banuthev

  2. #8922
    Quote Originally Posted by ULfan79 View Post
    Hope they use 4R-ALS. Its relatively new (~8yrs) among the A332 fleet
    Looks like 4R-ALS is on it's way to Sri Lanka. Took off from Dusseldorf and at the moment flying over Austria.

  3. #8923
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    Looks like 4R-ALS is on it's way to Sri Lanka. Took off from Dusseldorf and at the moment flying over Austria.
    Its still under HiFly rego : CS-TFZ and flew from BRU to DUS yesterday. Its currently departed from DUS with the same rego : CS-TFZ and flight number 5K261. It looks like SL registration has not been added to the aircraft yet. Any idea what is the destination of this flight?

  4. #8924
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Its still under HiFly rego : CS-TFZ and flew from BRU to DUS yesterday. Its currently departed from DUS with the same rego : CS-TFZ and flight number 5K261. It looks like SL registration has not been added to the aircraft yet. Any idea what is the destination of this flight?
    Seems it's destination was Egypt and it's flying back to DUS or some another destination in Europe. Btw I don't feel good about this deal and this delay of delivering. Something is definitely wrong. Do you guys have any idea what's up with this deal and delay?

  5. #8925
    RESTRUCTURING PLAN TO BRING SRILANKAN BACK TO PROFITABILITY

    The SriLankan Airlines will submit a restructuring plan to the government this week, which could be implemented by the government, if there is no foreign partner to come under the proposed public-private partnership (PPP) by July 31, Sunday Observer reliably learns.

    The plan is likely to emphasize on the areas such as downsizing the group, operating ground handling and engineering as separate companies with separate managements and providing fuel at international prices, with political will to implement the changes being critical.

    When asked SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ajith Dias said, the government cannot continue to subsidize this airline. “A restructuring program of our own is needed, if there is no foreign interest in this airline. We want to propose steps on how to bring the company back to profitability in two years, by consolidating the airline’s operations, shedding loss making routes and focusing on profitable ones,” he said.

    “If we take the political interference out, and commit to implement this (restructuring plan) over the next two years, it will be possible to make it a profitable airline again,” Dias said in an interview with the Sunday Observer.

    After the report the government will have to decide on its implementation or the way forward by July 31, the cut-off date, with perhaps the ‘in-house’ restructuring plan the only solution available, since there have been no foreign takers for the airline under the proposed public-private partnership.

    “I really hope that a foreign airline comes – then no politician will try to mess with them,” Dias said, adding however that: “We will be happy if a Sri Lanka consortium comes.”
    Texas Pacific Group was the only qualified bidder when expressions of interest were called but withdrew after negotiations.

    “We did everything possible to get them down. They are as large as Sri Lanka’s economy,” Dias said. “They have investments in Sri Lanka.

    They found extraordinary talent within SriLankan Airlines which they mentioned in their departing letter.”

    “The airline must get into a breakeven situation - we need to take dramatic steps to do that,” Dias said. As a group SriLankan Airlines is profitable with most profits coming from catering, ground handling and engineering.“We will become an airline operating primarily between the Middle East and Australia - we need to consolidate within this region. Europe is a dead loss - only London is worth it.” Dias believes the country does need a national airline. “During the time of the Katunayake airport bombing it was only SriLankan Airlines that managed to support our exports and bring in tourists - the two industries which brought foreign exchange to this country,” he said. “It helped us send our orders for apparel on time. The apparel business grew well and the national airline helped,” Dias who was a pioneer in the apparel industry and a Co-founder of the Brandix Group said.

    Dias believes the management team has made progress in turning around the national carrier by reducing losses and, most importantly, eliminating corruption, and feels criticism is unjustified and a result of misunderstanding of the highly competitive nature of the airline business and the Weliamuna report.
    “The Weliamuna report was based on what people said. It was not an investigation and was done quickly, within a month. I want to ask which part have we not implemented?
    “The main thing was corruption – corruption has been eliminated. No one says we are corrupt now,” Dias said.

    “The Weliamuna report is a catch phrase to sling mud at me. Some politicians do this because we didn’t give in to political pressure.” Dias said he had been misquoted on the Weliamuna report several times and believes it was very useful. “The major part of it was about decisions made in the past, which was very clearly for the Financial Crimes Investigation Division and Bribery Commission to investigate, which they are doing. All documentation needed has been given, and our guys are in and out of there. A major part of the Weliamuna report was about misusing power – for which certain actions have been taken.”

    http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2017/06...-profitability

  6. #8926
    Quote Originally Posted by Srilankan1 View Post
    RESTRUCTURING PLAN TO BRING SRILANKAN BACK TO PROFITABILITY

    The SriLankan Airlines will submit a restructuring plan to the government this week, which could be implemented by the government, if there is no foreign partner to come under the proposed public-private partnership (PPP) by July 31, Sunday Observer reliably learns.

    The plan is likely to emphasize on the areas such as downsizing the group, operating ground handling and engineering as separate companies with separate managements and providing fuel at international prices, with political will to implement the changes being critical...

    http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2017/06...-profitability
    more like playing with deck chairs in the Titanic

  7. #8927

  8. #8928
    Quote Originally Posted by nipuna787 View Post
    Seems it's destination was Egypt and it's flying back to DUS or some another destination in Europe. Btw I don't feel good about this deal and this delay of delivering. Something is definitely wrong. Do you guys have any idea what's up with this deal and delay?
    Looks like Hi-Fly has put it on to revenue service. With the Sri Lankan livery :-o

  9. #8929

    Brighter or Darker skies over SriLankan Airlines?

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_...e_title=167178

    The airline is saddled with three unwanted ancient Airbus A330-200 wide-bodied aircraft due an erroneous, arbitrary and unilateral extension of lease agreements by the CEO. Total lease cost for three aircraft six-year lease period amounts to USD 54.54 million. This transaction will "weaken the balance sheet" annually whilst the culprit, recruited for a princely salary of Rs 3 million plus perks, is not disciplined. To be fair, a majority of directors objected to CEO’s decision. They were overruled by a cabinet sub-committee. As a result, this costly mistake was not discussed during the meeting between Board members and CEO with the President, Prime Minister and cabinet of ministers last Tuesday.

    So the leases of ALA, ALB & ALC have been extended by 6 years!!!! .

    A business case to operate four weekly flights to Melbourne in Australia has been given the green light to operate daily flights. Scheduled to operate with three ancient Airbus A330-200 aircraft (Melbourne flights would incur heavy losses if operated with newer Airbus A330-300 aircraft due to high lease charges), Melbourne route is projected to be profitable from day one due to a monthly lease charge of only USD 225,000 per aircraft (this lease charge is applicable only for a short period). According to top airline officials, Melbourne route would be a ‘leadership route’

    And they will use them for the MEL flights
    Last edited by ULfan79; Yesterday at 05:47 AM.

  10. #8930
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Its still under HiFly rego : CS-TFZ and flew from BRU to DUS yesterday. Its currently departed from DUS with the same rego : CS-TFZ and flight number 5K261. It looks like SL registration has not been added to the aircraft yet. Any idea what is the destination of this flight?
    My information is that it isn't going to UL but will remain in the Hifly fleet.

    Probably tied to the ongoing issues between UL and Aercap.
    Last edited by ejanson65; Yesterday at 08:51 AM. Reason: Spelling
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  11. #8931
    Quote Originally Posted by ULfan79 View Post
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_...e_title=167178


    A business case to operate four weekly flights to Melbourne in Australia has been given the green light to operate daily flights. Scheduled to operate with three ancient Airbus A330-200 aircraft (Melbourne flights would incur heavy losses if operated with newer Airbus A330-300 aircraft due to high lease charges), Melbourne route is projected to be profitable from day one due to a monthly lease charge of only USD 225,000 per aircraft (this lease charge is applicable only for a short period). According to top airline officials, Melbourne route would be a ‘leadership route’
    You want the perfect example of Delusional Thinking? See above.

    It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  12. #8932
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    You want the perfect example of Delusional Thinking? See above.

    It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.
    I don't know who this is coming from UL or from one of our esteemed 'investigstive journalists'. Both are next to useless. I don't know how things will progress from here we are almost at the tail end of the Sri Lankan airline lifecycle with UL.

    Air Ceylon lasted about 43 years? UL's demise has been hastened somewhat by the meddling in the last 10 years. No private entity in its right mind will dare to establish anything beacuase someone might come along and nationalize it. And the cycle will continue on...

    Mabye one of the root of the problem is most of the SL head of state see UL as a personal mode of transport., mabye getting the airforce to have a VIP jet would lessen the meddling somewhat?

  13. #8933
    The World's Top 100 Airlines - 2017

    2017 Rating. Airline. 2016 Rating
    1 Qatar Airways 2
    2 Singapore Airlines 3
    3 ANA All Nippon Airways 5
    4 Emirates 1
    5 Cathay Pacific 4
    6 EVA Air 8
    7 Lufthansa 10
    8 Etihad Airways 6
    9 Hainan Airlines 12
    10 Garuda Indonesia 11
    11 Thai Airways 13
    12 Turkish Airlines 7
    13 Virgin Australia 18
    14 Swiss Int'l Air Lines 15
    15 Qantas Airways 9
    16 Japan Airlines 21
    17 Austrian 19
    18 Air France 14
    19 Air New Zealand 17
    20 Asiana Airlines 16
    21 Bangkok Airways 20
    22 KLM 24
    23 China Southern 32
    24 Hong Kong Airlines 29
    25 Finnair 27
    26 AirAsia 23
    27 Cathay Dragon 22
    28 Norwegian 30
    29 Air Canada 31
    30 Aeroflot 40
    31 Malaysia Airlines 34
    32 Delta Air Lines 35
    33 Virgin Atlantic 28
    34 Korean Air 36
    35 China Airlines 37
    36 Alaska Airlines 60
    37 Aegean Airlines 33
    38 Aer Lingus 49
    39 jetBlue Airways 53
    40 British Airways 26
    41 easyJet 38
    42 Iberia 52
    43 Virgin America 25
    44 Jetstar Airways 46
    45 AirAsiaX 48
    46 Air Astana 43
    47 Vietnam Airlines 44
    48 Ethiopian Airlines 76
    49 South African Airways 41
    50 Avianca 56
    51 Saudi Arabian Airlines 82
    52 Azul Brazilian 55
    53 Oman Air 42
    54 Southwest Airlines 66
    55 Porter Airlines 47
    56 SilkAir 39
    57 Indigo 51
    58 WestJet 50
    59 LATAM 45
    60 Scoot 61
    61 Jetstar Asia 54
    62 TAP Air Portugal 64
    63 Alitalia 58
    64 Eurowings 75
    65 SAS Scandinavian 62
    66 Thomson Airways 65
    67 Philippine Airlines 83
    68 Brussels Airlines 59
    69 Copa Airlines 69
    70 Air Transat 88
    71 Azerbaijan Airlines 70
    72 China Eastern 79
    73 Jet Airways 71
    74 American Airlines 77
    75 Fiji Airways 91
    76 Ryanair 108
    77 Air Mauritius 73
    78 United Airlines 68
    79 LOT Polish 92
    80 Air Seychelles 63
    81 SriLankan Airlines. 2016 Rating : 67
    82 Icelandair 81
    83 Juneyao Airlines 90
    84 Gulf Air 80
    85 Air Berlin 74
    86 Hawaiian Airlines 72
    87 American Eagle Airlines 84
    88 Vueling 109
    89 Air Nostrum 89
    90 Tigerair 97
    91 Kenya Airways 85
    92 Royal Brunei Airlines 95
    93 Air Malta 101
    94 Xiamen Airlines 110
    95 S7 Airlines 104
    96 Peach 78
    97 Royal Air Maroc 115
    98 Air China 87
    99 Air Canada rouge 131
    100 Aeromexico 94

    Source : Skytrax

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