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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    Balkan & Air France never flew to Colombo
    ...You are dead wrong
    AF took over UTA and Air Inter in the early 90's operated schedule 744 to Colombo
    Balkan used to fly Tu154s to CMB and onwards to SIN

    East German Interflug flew to CMB from Berlin in the late 80's

    Does anyone know about the Swissair schedule to CMB
    Last edited by Speedbird; 17-07-2013 at 02:25 AM.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    ...You are dead wrong
    AF took over UTA and Air Inter in the early 90's operated schedule 744 to Colombo
    Balkan used to fly Tu154s to CMB and onwards to SIN

    East German Interflug flew to the CMB from Berlin in the late 80's

    Does anyone know about the Swissair schedule to CMB
    I flew on the Balkan Airlines in 1990s when dad took me to Europe for Occasion Visit. That LZ flight operated on route SOF-AUH-CMB onboard TU 154. I still remember the flight we took couldn't land in Sofia Airport due to Heavy snow so they divert the flight to nearest airport.

    According to Airlineroute, Swissair operated on Zurich – Geneva – Karachi – Bombay – Colombo – Singapore – Colombo – Bombay – Zurich – Geneva with once a weekly DC8, in 1972. Does anybody know how to access the old flight schedules?

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Skyler View Post
    Air France and Balkan Bulgarian airlines already operated Colombo service in late 90s and early 2000s.And there was a another one weekly flight,I'm not remember what is that air line or flight type. But it flew Brussels-Colombo -Male -Brussels untill 24-07-2001 As CT615 .Anyone know?
    Currently showing CT is IATA code for Alitalia Cityliner. Notsure who used this IATA code before.

    On a different note, Looks like nowadays european tourists prefer the Maldives over Sri Lanka. Most of the European Airlines are flying to Male'.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    Balkan used to fly Tu154s to CMB and onwards to SIN
    yes they did, they started in President Chandrikas time . their office was just next to pizza hut at union place

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by Banuthev View Post

    On a different note, Looks like nowadays european tourists prefer the Maldives over Sri Lanka. Most of the European Airlines are flying to Male'.
    Even the ones that come to Sri Lanka are the budget tourists that travel on a shoe string.

    SL needs to raise its profile to attract high spenders.

  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by 88gee View Post
    yes they did, they started in President Chandrikas time . their office was just next to pizza hut at union place
    Balkan flew into CMB, DURING 1982-83.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by SKYBUCK729 View Post
    Balkan flew into CMB, DURING 1982-83.
    well i remember after tht , coz i even saw the arrival shown in tv news , tht was in 90s

  8. #28
    Golden old days of Colombo airport !! click on the picture to view in original size !!


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  10. #30
    http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

    some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........

  11. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by 4R-ALA View Post
    http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

    some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........
    What a great link/many thanks bro.

    really appriciated.

  12. #32
    ur most welcome............yup....

  13. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by 4R-ALA View Post
    http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

    some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........
    I cant open the link

  14. #34
    well i can ,,,but let me post it again.........

    http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

  15. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by 4R-ALA View Post
    http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

    some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........

    Very good article indeed. Thanks

  16. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by 4R-ALA View Post
    http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

    some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........
    Fantastic link . This brings back my earliest flight memories on Air Lanka that I took from Katunayake to Heathrow. Flew many of those aboard 4R-ADA.

  17. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by 4R-ALA View Post
    http://ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ul1.html

    some nostalgia.......the good old days of Air Lanka.........
    Good article it only affirms that GOSL is not capable of running the airline...

    Another new chairman/managing director, Dunstan Jayawardena, is named and he receives a mandate from President Ranasingho Premadasa to make the airline succeed or shut it down

  18. #38
    Colombo Airport





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  19. #39
    the last pic... Is it Royal UK airforce? or SL

  20. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by umedhah View Post
    the last pic... Is it Royal UK airforce? or SL
    Yes, It looks like Royal UK Airforce! Did RAF operate the passenger service out of Colombo in the past? I am bit curious as passengers are walking towards the RAF aircraft.

    Here is another picture of LTU at Colombo Airport. I think this picture was taken before the phase 1 project.


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