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  1. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Air Lanka begun Durban and Johannesburg flights together in June 1996 on board state of art A340. It was a triangular flights e.g. CMB-DUR-JOH-CMB. Really sad the airline had to cancel route in Apr 1997 due to some haters protest to stop people to fly on Air Lanka. Really sad until now our national airline is still struggling in the hand of some of political morons.

    Its making me angry because most of Sri Lanka citizen doesn't like their own country and hate to fly on our national carrier. it's not because of only the airline service. it's because they hate their own country.

    Flight Schedule is below : -

    TUE - UL701 – CMB : 01:00 – DUR : 05:55

    TUE – UL702 – DUR : 07:15 – JOH : 08:20

    TUE - UL702 – JOH : 09:40 – CMB : 22:25

    FRI – UL701 – CMB : 09:45 – DUR : 14:40

    FRI – UL702 – DUR : 16:00 – JOH : 17:05

    FRI – UL702 – JOH : 18:25 – CMB : 07:10+1


    Hi Umedha, What do you think of Air Lanka's decision on flying to South Africa instead of Australia in 1996?

    Hi Skybuck729,

    Any idea how does the Air Lanka did on the South Africa route in 1996 before the protested not to fly on Air Lanka?

    I guess AU is a better option than SA. Not many SriLankans in SA compared to AU

  2. #82
    Quote Originally Posted by SKYBUCK729 View Post
    I Think , it was a rather unpopular and unprofitable route. I have heard that one day An A340 flew out from CMB , to South Africa with only 3 revenue pax. ( don't know how far it's true )
    What's the reason the South Africa couldn't make revenue for Air Lanka? There is a large South Indian community are living in Durban. Those days even ME3 didn't fly to South Africa. Why does Air Lanka couldn't tab the South Africa market?

  3. #83
    Quote Originally Posted by umedhah View Post
    I guess AU is a better option than SA. Not many SriLankans in SA compared to AU
    Hi Umedha,

    Would you believe British Airways also operated Johannesburg - Colombo route in 1970s?

    Hi Sandaru,

    Guess the name of the both the airline and airport in the picture?
    Attached Images

  4. #84
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Hi Umedha,

    Would you believe British Airways also operated Johannesburg - Colombo route in 1970s?

    Hi Sandaru,

    Guess the name of the both the airline and airport in the picture?
    By looking at the tail, I can say that it's a British Airways aircraft. And it's Colombo for sure!! What is the aircraft type by the way? McDonald Douglas?

  5. #85
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    By looking at the tail, I can say that it's a British Airways aircraft. And it's Colombo for sure!! What is the aircraft type by the way? McDonald Douglas?
    That is a BAC 111 or maybe a VC-10

  6. #86
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    What's the reason the South Africa couldn't make revenue for Air Lanka? There is a large South Indian community are living in Durban. Those days even ME3 didn't fly to South Africa. Why does Air Lanka couldn't tab the South Africa market?
    MAY be, due to poor marketing.

  7. #87
    Quote Originally Posted by dilushasg-bdavi View Post
    That is a BAC 111 or maybe a VC-10
    It is a British Airways VC-10.
    Air Ceylon also operated the same aircraft type in 1960s, in-collaboration with BOAC.
    Details: ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ac-jet.html#vc10

  8. #88
    British Airways operated VC10 on all Colombo flights in 1977.

    Here are the routes: -

    London – Doha – Colombo – Hong Kong – TOKYO – Hong Kong – Colombo – Bombay – Doha – London 1 V10 922 / 913

    London – Doha – Colombo – BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Colombo – Bombay – Doha – London 1 V10 748 / 759

    Johannesburg – Seychelles – Colombo – TOKYO – Hong Kong – Colombo – Seychelles – Johannesburg 1 V10 914 / 965

    Did BA had the 5th freedom rights between Colombo, and Doha, Seychelles, Brunei and Hong Kong?

  9. #89
    Quote Originally Posted by milair View Post
    It is a British Airways VC-10.
    Air Ceylon also operated the same aircraft type in 1960s, in-collaboration with BOAC.
    Details: ipm.comxa.com/alkva/ac-jet.html#vc10
    How many VC10s were in service with Air Ceylon fleet in 1960? How long they were operating?

  10. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    How many VC10s were in service with Air Ceylon fleet in 1960? How long they were operating?
    Probably only one. And it was never painted in the Air Ceylon livery.

  11. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by dilushasg-bdavi View Post
    Probably only one. And it was never painted in the Air Ceylon livery.
    Any reason why it wasn't painted in Air Ceylon livery. If I am not mistaken VC10 was part of the Air Ceylon for 5 years.

    As per sources, Air Ceylon only operated 4 long haul destination in 1970s. Such as London, Paris, Rome and Sydney. In that case one VC10 fair enough to carry out the operation.

  12. #92
    British Airways B747-200 in 1981

    Umedha - Guess the location ?
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  13. #93
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    British Airways B747-200 in 1981

    Umedha - Guess the location ?
    It is CMB ☺️

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    British Airways B747-200 in 1981

    Umedha - Guess the location ?
    CMB. The boarding bridge says "Air Lanka"

  15. #95
    Rare footage of an Air Lanka A340-300 performing the Kai Tak approach @ 7:38

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