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  1. #7421
    Hey folks what are the benefits and cons of today's government and past government in terms of aviation and tourism?

  2. #7422
    Quote Originally Posted by Haleef View Post
    What's this? We are getting the A350 again?
    It mean they are looking someone to take these lease payments/A350 otherwise (by October) they need to take the hit.

  3. #7423
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160724/bus...la-201874.html

    “Open Sesame” for Mattala

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    "One thing you cannot grudge against the Government! Things are happening: Committees (too many?) are appointed; taxes are imposed, disposed or suspended; mega development projects like the Megapolis are on the cards, etc. Among these are some significant developments in the travel and tourism sector. While Sri Lanka this year marks 50 years of organised tourism in the country (the flagship event being a UN organized ‘peace and tourism’ conference in Passekudah, two weeks ago), the costly Mattala airport it appears is finally going to get the business it desperately needs while the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is not only getting a facelift (under an earlier regime schedule) but is being closed for three months next year.

    Exclusively reported in the Sunday Times last week, the closure of the BIA during daytime from January 6 to April 6, 2017 to undertake urgent (and required by international regulations) renovations to the 30 year-old runway and the management of the flights would be one of the most challenging and critical exercises to be handled by the airport management. While the airport handles an average 170 flights a day, around 60 flights operate during the period 8.30 am and 4.30 pm (the times the airport is scheduled to be closed during January-April 2017), all or most of these day flights which would be rescheduled at night.

    However all these day flights will be rescheduled at night is still under discussion by the authorities. Also under discussion is whether Mattala airport needs to be co-opted in an emergency and/or whether some flights may take off from there with a shuttle bus and/or whether a shuttle flight between Ratmalana and Mattala is necessary. The biggest problem that airport authorities would face is whether they have the capacity to manage the congestion at the airport. Already the airport is bursting at the seams, annually handling more than its capacity, while a new terminal is coming up for which construction is to start in November.

    Sometimes the airport is congested with long queues outside ticket counters with check-in taking as much as 30 minutes, despite efforts by airport authorities to speed up the process. With extra flights during a 16-hour window (when all flights operate), airport authorities and airline staff would be taxed to the hilt. Furthermore ,sections of the airport are likely to be sealed as the renovations get underway in November. Delays in flights will exacerbate the situation, particularly in the case of SriLankan Airlines which is facing a crisis of sorts at the moment. However by January 2017 a new partner would hopefully have been found and the airline brought under new management.

    All these require efficiency to rise to a never-before level at the airport. It calls for smooth coordination between airline staff and airport staff, particularly ground staff, precise coordination between the control tower, incoming and outgoing flights and other connected agencies, among other matters. Efficiency levels at the airport would be tested to the maximum and success would not only benefit the country but also place Sri Lanka as a well-managed international airport in crisis situations. In the meantime, Mattala is also likely to be up and running (by next January) as an active and bustling airport.

    The Government has called for international expressions of interest in investing and managing the airport with some significant concessions which even BIA doesn’t have. These concessions are however applicable only for Mattala and not the BIA. For instance, Mattala investors would be entitled to all ‘9 freedoms in the air’. This is much more than the ‘open skies’ policy. Under international aviation covenants, ‘9 freedoms of the air’ gives an airline the freedom to fly over Sri Lankan airspace, pick up passengers from an airline’s home base (example Dubai in the case of Emirates) to Sri Lanka and back, carry passengers to any destination outside Sri Lanka and for pick up passengers from another country (other than the home base) and land in Sri Lanka.

    In the case of the BIA, foreign airlines are restricted to carrying passengers from Colombo to another destination other than the home base. For example Emirates can carry passengers from Colombo to Dubai only and passengers have to take a connecting flight to another destination. It cannot operate a direct flight from Colombo to another destination (other than Dubai), a concession permitted only for the national carrier – SriLankan Airlines. Such a freedom (called the ‘Fifth Freedom Right’) is in most cases reserved for the national carrier of a country. However, in a desperate bid to get the costly Mattala airport, for which the Government is in debt to a Chinese bank (over $200 million loan), working to at least half capacity, the authorities have offered the “9 freedoms of the air” concession to make it more attractive to investors.

    This means that any airline operating through Mattala can carry passengers direct to any destination in the world and in the same context bring passengers from any country (outside a home base) into Mattala. This is a significant development and needs to be managed carefully to ensure SriLankan Airlines, which is already losing customers when it pulls out of Frankfurt and Paris in November in addition to battling competition withcheaper flights from West Asian carriers, doesn’t get the short end of the stick. This is particularly so if some day flights at BIA are rescheduled to operate from Mattala.

    This is also in the context where the government has, rightly and based on public opinion (also confirmed by a poll by the Business Times and its polling partner Research and Consultancy Bureau), decided to retain ownership of the airline and only allow a new manager. At the end of the day, the closure of the BIA needs to be managed carefully to ensure the least amount of congestion and inconvenience while the ‘open doors’ policy at Mattala also needs to be managed judiciously, so as not endanger SriLankan Airlines which is already “in the ‘doghouse”"

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    I wonder who write these type of garbage in a broadsheet newspaper. No wonder SL press is a garbage. The writer says EK can carry pax only between DXB and CMB. EK has 5th plus freedom flights and operates to MLE, SIN and previosly to CGK
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedoms_of_the_air.

    Reporter says West Asian airline are operating cheaper flights. Well Reporter does not know ME3 are professionals and they are not responsible for mismanagement & overstaffed UL. Reporter also says to protect UL. For what ???government should protect the paying customer not overstaffed good for nothing company. Reporter points to public opinion of SL and says Government should retain the ownership and gives someone else to manage the airline. What a load of nonsense. again Government should get out of the aviation business government only duty is as a regulator and prtotect the paying customer and thats it. Finally 9th freedom mean any foreign airline operating domestic service. sorry dude no foreign carrier is interested in that business in SL
    Last edited by Speedbird; 24-07-2016 at 01:02 PM.

  4. #7424
    Quote Originally Posted by suganya07 View Post
    Hey folks what are the benefits and cons of today's government and past government in terms of aviation and tourism?
    in a nutshell Past Government of MR is a bunch of thieves and todays government of RW is bunch of idiots.

  5. #7425
    For an example of how to manage leasing costs:-

    My company has 4 A343 and 1 A345. One is owned and the others are leased at very low rates or on an hourly basis. I'll bet the leasing costs/month for the entire fleet are less than what UL pays for leasing one of the new A333!

    With the lower fuel price there is no problem finding work for this fleet. All the aircraft are currently flying.

    That's the difference between having people who know what they are doing and a bunch of appointed, unqualified and incompetent clowns who are only looking out for themselves.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  6. #7426
    Guys,

    If at all, MJ is shut down, will UL take over all its a/c? Is that easy to transfer leased planes before the lease ends? Will there be some kind of penalty for not completing the lease by MJ ?

  7. #7427
    Quote Originally Posted by MalaysiaMustafa View Post
    Guys,

    If at all, MJ is shut down, will UL take over all its a/c? Is that easy to transfer leased planes before the lease ends? Will there be some kind of penalty for not completing the lease by MJ ?
    Shouldn't be any issue. As long as the leases are paid the leasing company doesn't care who pays them.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  8. #7428
    Another day - more allegations and infighting.....

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/ind...ft-lease-deal/

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/ind...an-ajith-dias/

    Commentary:-

    The entire aircraft leasing story needs to be investigated. There are signed contracts that have names on them - someone signed these deals on behalf of the Airline.

    My best guess is that if the lease is directly between the leasing company and the Airline then there is no fraud. Too high lease payments is simple incompetence. Based on my experience at UL I suspect that the entire fleet at UL is leased at too high rates.

    This represents a significant portion of the monthly losses.

    Any fraud took place on the sale and leaseback - where the purchase price paid and the sale price are different. And of course there is the question of who received the commissions from the various "deals" (well over $100 Million Dollars). This is why only new aircraft are ordered.

    I don't expect anything other than talk - any investigation will be stopped or de-railed.
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  9. #7429
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    http://www.ft.lk/article/556620/UL-taxiing-for-reform

    SriLankan officials are presently in Islamabad ironing out the details of the handover, including possible logo changes and crew security, they said, with the first aircraft to be handed over in August on a wet lease. Last month SriLankan announced they would be pulling out of the Frankfurt and Paris routes by October while Rome was dropped in February.

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    The deal is being worked out at government level on both sides, and I am not sure what was offered to the Gov of Pakistan in return. Hopefully it's not SLAF having to take JF-17s.

  10. #7430
    Pakistan national carrier confirms talks with SriLankan on leasing four A330s

    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_1...69340732CH.php

  11. #7431
    Quote Originally Posted by MalaysiaMustafa View Post
    Guys,

    If at all, MJ is shut down, will UL take over all its a/c? Is that easy to transfer leased planes before the lease ends? Will there be some kind of penalty for not completing the lease by MJ ?
    Unofficially, I am sure MJ is fattening somebody's pocket, so there is no urgency to wind it down

    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    Pakistan national carrier confirms talks with SriLankan on leasing four A330s

    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_1...69340732CH.php
    Well, more UL routes are being cannibalised then ?

  12. #7432
    Quote Originally Posted by ecureilx View Post
    Unofficially, I am sure MJ is fattening somebody's pocket, so there is no urgency to wind it down
    What's new here...

    Well, more UL routes are being cannibalised then ?
    UL is becoming a travel agent (code sharing) and aircraft leasing company

  13. #7433
    Biman Bangladesh has got approval to fly to Colombo. They are expected to start flights shortly.

    http://www.economynext.com/Biman_Ban...-3-5692-6.html

  14. #7434
    Quote Originally Posted by ODVG View Post
    Biman Bangladesh has got approval to fly to Colombo. They are expected to start flights shortly.

    http://www.economynext.com/Biman_Ban...-3-5692-6.html
    I thought BG already got approval to fly CMB and they were waiting for additional aircraft to launch CMB? If they did start CMB they will use their new B737. In the same news it say Nepal's Himalaya Airlines to start regular flights to CMB by end of this year.

  15. #7435
    Singapore – Colombo eff 06JAN17 SQ466/465 service moves from daytime to nighttime, overall remains unchanged at 10 weekly

    SQ466 SIN1935 – 2055CMB 333 356
    SQ468 SIN2235 – 2355CMB 333 D

    I believe most airlines will re-schedule flights to night time, EK, QR, ET, etc. Which means BIA is gonna be pretty congested in the late evenings/early mornings. It's already over crowded during those times.
    Last edited by anthonylk; 27-07-2016 at 10:19 AM.

  16. #7436

    KLM Colombo resumption

    It looks like KLM has slightly adjusted the schedule for the CMB seasonal service from the one originally reported by airlineroute.net.

    Now it shows as follows ;

    effective from 31OCT16 to 24 Mar17 Amsterdam – Colombo 2 weekly
    KL873 AMS 0955 – 0010+1CMB 789 15
    KL874 CMB 0210 – 0835 AMS 789 26

    This is much better for the North American connections.

    Any possibility that this service becomes year around ?

  17. #7437
    Quote Originally Posted by CalgaryLankan View Post

    This is much better for the North American connections.


    Pretty good for one way connections from Moscow(SVO) to CMB too

  18. #7438
    An Emirates flight EK 342 from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur diverted to Colombo today (28th) evening. Rreason Unknown.

    Aircraft Landed on Colombo International Airport at 6.30 PM local time (13:00 UTC).
    The aircraft landed on runway 22 and used the whole runway during the landing, then the aircraft vacated the runway from last taxiway Echo.

    Aircraft Registration - A6-EES
    Aircraft Type - Airbus A380-861
    Construction Number (MSN) - 140
    Special Livery - "Arsenal F.C."




  19. #7439
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    An Emirates flight EK 342 from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur diverted to Colombo today (28th) evening. Rreason Unknown.
    It left CMB at 7:34 PM and on the way to KUL now. Could be most probably medical!

  20. #7440
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    Aircraft Landed on Colombo International Airport at 6.30 PM local time (13:00 UTC).
    The aircraft landed on runway 22 and used the whole runway during the landing, then the aircraft vacated the runway from last taxiway Echo.
    Damn....it's my favourite EPL club

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