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  1. #9341
    Finally someone tells the truth!

    Mr Handunetti told a media briefing that the national carrier cannot survive any longer. “COPE at times advices the state enterprises on how they could be turned into profit making ventures but it is unable to think of any advice for the national carrier,”
    Not sure why another investigation is needed (at least the talk of one...) - they already have enough information in the Weliamuna Commission Report to prosecute those who have been named....
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  2. #9342
    Airbus representatives to visit Sri Lanka to negotiate termination of A350-900

    http://www.ft.lk/front-page/Airbus-r...undefined.uxfs

    SriLankan CEO Ratwatte Blunders On Despite Airline Failing European Safety Audit

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/ind...-safety-audit/
    Last edited by Serendib; 07-10-2017 at 07:33 PM.

  3. #9343
    SriLankan Airlines gets lifeline from Treasury

    In a last ditch attempt to maintain SriLankan Airlines till a foreign partner is found, the government has decided to infuse Rs.13.2 billion as a loan from two state banks, Bank of Ceylon (BOC) and the People’s Bank (PB).

    This came after a directive from the President to the airline’s board of directors to turn it around or depart at a meeting in June in which the management was heavily criticised on management issues.

    The President has given them time to prove results till last month (September). But no progress has been made up to now, official sources revealed.

    In the meantime, the Government approved a proposal by State Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim seeking necessary funds from the Treasury for this purpose, official sources said.

    The Treasury has issued two letters of guarantee to the PB and the BOC to provide a credit facility of Rs. 6.75 billion and Rs. 6.45 billion, respectively to meet the airline’s financial requirements.

    In March 2016, the then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake directed the Treasury to provide funding to the ailing national carrier for six months, a senior Finance Ministry official said adding that this period lapsed in September last year.

    The Cabinet also approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in April 2016 to allow the Treasury to take over the airline’s total debt of Rs. 461 billion and set up a joint venture to operate it profitably.

    Minister Hashim, who is responsible for SriLankan, has been entrusted with the task of devising new strategies to turn around the loss-making airline within this period and rescue it from its deep financial mess.

    The attempts made to restructure the national carrier under a public private partnership basis and the process of finding a new investor in the past 12 months has been unsuccessful up to now.

    The airline has submitted a restructuring plan recently to the government to reduce its debts and achieve breakeven point in the short-to medium term.

    The plan is to downsise the group while operating its ground handling and engineering as separate entities under separate managements, and purchasing fuel at competitive prices, etc.

    The accumulated loss of the airline had risen to over Rs.170 billion, he said adding that it has recorded a profit of Rs.4.4 billion in 2008 and thereafter suffered heavy losses amounting to Rs. 107 billion under the administration of the then chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe, brother-in-law of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/171008/bus...ry-262527.html

  4. #9344
    7 passengers, 9 crew in Gan flight

    Here is one more reason why SriLankan Airlines, the country’s national carrier is running at a loss.

    A recent flight from Colombo to Gan, the southernmost atoll in Maldives, had a compliment of seven passengers. However, there was a nine member crew. The ratio was over one crew member for every passenger and a surplus of two.


    Source: Sunday Times

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    7 passengers, 9 crew in Gan flight

    Here is one more reason why SriLankan Airlines, the country’s national carrier is running at a loss.

    A recent flight from Colombo to Gan, the southernmost atoll in Maldives, had a compliment of seven passengers. However, there was a nine member crew. The ratio was over one crew member for every passenger and a surplus of two.


    Source: Sunday Times
    I had a strog feeling that this would happen, UL should consider operating 3-5 flights to GAN via. MLE, this would definitely be a more feasible option.

    Focusing on India should be the main aim for UL as a strong Regional Airline. Increasing flights to BOM was a good move from the management, now focus on adding new destinations

    Goa (GOI) - Tourist influx
    Ahmedabad (AMD) - Cargo Volumes/ Business Travelers/ Tourists

  6. #9346
    SriLankan pilots warn again of safety issue on Colombo-Delhi night flights


    SriLankan Airlines Pilots have warned the country’s civil aviation chief that a late night flight to New Delhi with a return next morning could cause them fatigue and endanger flight safety.

    Though within “prescriptive limits,” the “flight pattern” as a roundtrip is technically called, they have said “would not be acceptable” without a layover (an overnight stay) or re-schedule of flight hours. This is because of the growing number of Air Ground Safety Reports (AGSR) filed by pilots. A total of 19 such reports had been filed over fatigue after 27 “flight patterns.”

    The pilots’ concerns are contained in a letter Captain Ruwan Vithanage, President of the Airline Pilots Guild of Sri Lanka (AAPGSL), sent last week to H.M.C. Nimalasiri, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka seeking his “intervention in a matter of importance to flight safety.”

    Full read http://www.sundaytimes.lk/171008/col...ts-262951.html

  7. #9347
    SriLankan Airlines plans to acquire more planes, but not right now.

    Asked why SriLankan had disposed of some of its aircraft, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Friday that it was because the airline had under its debt restructuring program scrapped some of its long haul destinations.

    "Once the huge debt burden that we inherited from the Rajapaksa government is reduced, SriLankan would have more planes at its disposal since the long term plan is to develop the national carrier into a viable venture", he added.

    Senaratne also revealed that the proposal to lease vehicles for State institutions had been shelved because the Cabinet of Ministers was of the view that it would be an unproductive exercise.

    When required, vehicles would be purchased after the necessary approvals were obtained, he said.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_...e_title=172946

  8. #9348
    SriLankan Airlines: Can the national carrier be saved?

    http://newsfirst.lk/english/2017/10/...irlines/174326

    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    7 passengers, 9 crew in Gan flight

    Here is one more reason why SriLankan Airlines, the country’s national carrier is running at a loss.

    A recent flight from Colombo to Gan, the southernmost atoll in Maldives, had a compliment of seven passengers. However, there was a nine member crew. The ratio was over one crew member for every passenger and a surplus of two.


    Source: Sunday Times
    Why do they operate on non demanding routes?
    Last edited by Serendib; 08-10-2017 at 09:06 PM.

  9. #9349
    Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Ataturk – Male – Colombo 01MAY18 – 01JUL18 Service reduces from 7 to 5 weekly, A330-300 service

  10. #9350
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    SriLankan Airlines: Can the national carrier be saved?

    http://newsfirst.lk/english/2017/10/...irlines/174326



    Why do they operate on non demanding routes?

    To avoid losing the valuable slots, when demand picks up ?

    Maybe UL need to lease smaller planes, such as ERJ 175's for less demand seasons.

  11. #9351
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    SriLankan Airlines: Can the national carrier be saved?

    http://newsfirst.lk/english/2017/10/...irlines/174326



    Why do they operate on non demanding routes?
    Because they have ordered aircraft they don't need - and there are still more coming!

    They have to pay for these aircraft no matter what (12 year leases no termination clause) - they have no choice but to fly them somewhere.

    And the answer to the first question is NO!
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  12. #9352
    Quote Originally Posted by ecureilx View Post
    To avoid losing the valuable slots, when demand picks up ?

    Maybe UL need to lease smaller planes, such as ERJ 175's for less demand seasons.
    Maybe a one offer where there was no demand where they carried a full load to and returned empty? I was on a 380 from SQ to SYD which was practically empty, it doesn't mean that there is no demand.

  13. #9353
    China Eastern sending Airbus A330-200 today as CES231 instead of Boeing 737.

  14. #9354
    I travelled in UL 177 to Hyderabad yesterday. The plane is full including business class. Yesterday they operates small aircraft (ABL). I normally see that route operates by ANC most of the times.

  15. #9355
    Quote Originally Posted by LankaXWB View Post
    I travelled in UL 177 to Hyderabad yesterday. The plane is full including business class. Yesterday they operates small aircraft (ABL). I normally see that route operates by ANC most of the times.
    UL is increasing the frequency of HYD flights from 4 to 5 weekly from end of this month.

  16. #9356
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    Maybe a one offer where there was no demand where they carried a full load to and returned empty? I was on a 380 from SQ to SYD which was practically empty, it doesn't mean that there is no demand.
    GAN has a demand for tourists and cargo, and the direct flights are operating from only CMB and MLE. Prior to commencement of UL passenger flights, 8D used to operate dedicated freighter flights to GAN. I am curious to know what's UL's load factor to GAN on the other days?

  17. #9357
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    GAN has a demand for tourists and cargo, and the direct flights are operating from only CMB and MLE. Prior to commencement of UL passenger flights, 8D used to operate dedicated freighter flights to GAN. I am curious to know what's UL's load factor to GAN on the other days?
    Yeah forgot.

    Maybe the belly had enough cargo to fly the plane

    Next time, pilots need to announce, the flights are empty but the belly is full, so don't make it a big news..

  18. #9358
    Austrian Airlines in the second-half of winter season plans to increase capacity on Vienna – Colombo route. This seasonal service will see Boeing 777-200ER operating once a week, from 16JAN18 to 04APR18, replacing 767-300ER.

    OS047 VIE1750 – 0725+1CMB 772 2
    OS048 CMB1005 – 1600VIE 772 3

    http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/...craft-changes/

  19. #9359
    anyone knows why A333 4R-ALO doing UL122 MAA/CMB and A321 4R-MRD doing UL708 SEZ/CMB both diverted to HRI??

  20. #9360
    Quote Originally Posted by 4R-ALA View Post
    anyone knows why A333 4R-ALO doing UL122 MAA/CMB and A321 4R-MRD doing UL708 SEZ/CMB both diverted to HRI??
    Probably weather related. Quite heavy rain around CMB

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