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    Quote Originally Posted by Azamh View Post
    Hi Folks
    Greetings
    Wish you a Happy New Year

    I see Air china 737 Citilink A320 at BIA

    Any idea why they are here
    For the past two days I've observed many Air China 737-700's being ferried to MLE to and from PVG and PEK no idea why though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    For the past two days I've observed many Air China 737-700's being ferried to MLE to and from PVG and PEK no idea why though
    Citilink's brand new A320s are being ferried to Jakarta from Airbus Factory (Toulouse) via Colombo. PK-GQR & PK-GQT.

    Do you know the aircraft registration for those two Air China B737s being ferried to MLE ?

    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Citilink's brand new A320s are being ferried to Jakarta from Airbus Factory (Toulouse) via Colombo. PK-GQR & PK-GQT.

    Do you know the aircraft registration for those two Air China B737s being ferried to MLE ?

    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year !!
    Happy New Year Mate!

    As I recall, One aircraft was Registered as B-3999 and according to Planespotters.com it is a VIP BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) that originated from Tianjin-PEK-MLE-CMB and is probably the Aircraft Azam has spotted as according to FR24 it hasn't left CMB yet.

    2016-12-31
    Male (MLE) Colombo (CMB) - 15:41 - Landed 17:18

    2016-12-31
    Beijing (PEK) Male (MLE) - 07:46 - Landed 13:57

    2016-12-30
    Tianjin (TSN) Beijing (PEK) - 07:20 - Landed 07:41

    Not sure about the rego of second 737-700 that I spotted on the 29th

  4. #1904
    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    Happy New Year Mate!

    As I recall, One aircraft was Registered as B-3999 and according to Planespotters.com it is a VIP BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) that originated from Tianjin-PEK-MLE-CMB and is probably the Aircraft Azam has spotted as according to FR24 it hasn't left CMB yet.

    2016-12-31
    Male (MLE) Colombo (CMB) - 15:41 - Landed 17:18

    2016-12-31
    Beijing (PEK) Male (MLE) - 07:46 - Landed 13:57

    2016-12-30
    Tianjin (TSN) Beijing (PEK) - 07:20 - Landed 07:41

    Not sure about the rego of second 737-700 that I spotted on the 29th
    Yes you are rite my flight was at 22:05 still those 737 were parked

  5. #1905
    Quote Originally Posted by Azamh View Post
    Yes you are rite my flight was at 22:05 still those 737 were parked
    Happy New Year Azamh !!

    Did you see any machineries at Colombo Airport for runway resurfacing work? The work supposed to start in next 4/5 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Happy New Year Azamh !!

    Did you see any machineries at Colombo Airport for runway resurfacing work? The work supposed to start in next 4/5 days.
    no machines but I see airport is over crowded lots of tourists yesterday KLM flight was full business and economy house full...
    I see tourism has improved

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    A Saudia Boeing 747-400 flying in from JED on short finals to CMB most probably to Pick Up Indonesian Umrah Pilgrims that arrived from Medan (KNO) on a Siriwijaya Boeing 737-800 a short while ago

    Great to see this beauty back in CMB!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    A Saudia Boeing 747-400 flying in from JED on short finals to CMB most probably to Pick Up Indonesian Umrah Pilgrims that arrived from Medan (KNO) on a Siriwijaya Boeing 737-800 a short while ago

    Great to see this beauty back in CMB!
    Well spotted ! Its indeed nice to see B747pax back in Colombo. Is it wetleased B747 from Air Atlanta? Good to see CX is already serving twice a week B74F Freighters on HKG-MAA-CMB-HKG.

    I heard that SV is going to retire all of its B777-200 from the fleet by the end of 2017. Wondering which aircraft would they use on Colombo route to replace retiring B777-200?

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Well spotted ! Its indeed nice to see B747pax back in Colombo. Is it wetleased B747 from Air Atlanta? Good to see CX is already serving twice a week B74F Freighters on HKG-MAA-CMB-HKG.

    I heard that SV is going to retire all its pax version of B777-200 from the fleet by the end of 2017. Wondering which aircraft would they use on Colombo route to replace retiring B777-200?
    My guess would be A333 regional

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Well spotted ! Its indeed nice to see B747pax back in Colombo. Is it wetleased B747 from Air Atlanta? Good to see CX is already serving twice a week B74F Freighters on HKG-MAA-CMB-HKG.

    I heard that SV is going to retire all its pax version of B777-200 from the fleet by the end of 2017. Wondering which aircraft would they use on Colombo route to replace retiring B777-200?
    Yes this is a wet leased 747 from Air Atlanta Icelandic. It's pretty likely that they'd operate the A333 to CMB since they already utilize this to HYD and I've spotted it in COK too. Another option for SV would be to operate their 777-300ER to CMB

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    Sri Lankan brothers meet each other outside Sri Lanka (In Chennai)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Sri Lankan brothers meet each other outside Sri Lanka (In Chennai)

    All credit goes to the original photographer
    The picture must have been taken at MAA in the morning. UL122 is getting ready for take off for Colombo bound flight when UL129 touching down from Colombo. SriLankan is currently serving 5 flights a day on the daily basis from Colombo to Chennai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaqib View Post
    Yes this is a wet leased 747 from Air Atlanta Icelandic. It's pretty likely that they'd operate the A333 to CMB since they already utilize this to HYD and I've spotted it in COK too. Another option for SV would be to operate their 777-300ER to CMB
    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post
    My guess would be A333 regional
    Thanks. Does SV own these B777-200 or are they leased aircraft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Thanks. Does SV own these B777-200 or are they leased aircraft?
    In all SV owns 27 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft including 4 freighters all of them being their own metal. However they are quite old with the avrage age being around 15 years with the oldest aircraft HZ-AKA being almost 20 years old!

    Looks like all of them would be phased out and replaced in the near future.

    SV has pending orders of 4 Boeing 787-8's as well as 4 A330-300's and 2 A320-200's

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    I think SV would fly the B777-300ER. The 777-200ER which they currently operate have 350+ on economy.

  16. #1916
    I wonder what they are doing? Is it a test flight?
    - Boeing 737-79L Boeing Business Jet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandaru View Post
    I wonder what they are doing? Is it a test flight?
    - Boeing 737-79L Boeing Business Jet
    Wow when did you spot this on Fr24? It looks like the aircraft returned to CMB after its departure for some reason. May be I'm wrong.

    Aaqib and Azamh said there were two Air China B737BBJs visited Colombo last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Wow when did you spot this on Fr24? It looks like the aircraft returned to CMB after its departure for some reason. May be I'm wrong.

    Aaqib and Azamh said there were two Air China B737BBJs visited Colombo last week.
    May be technical issue or test flight?
    One air china was without logo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mach3 View Post
    I think SV would fly the B777-300ER. The 777-200ER which they currently operate have 350+ on economy.
    How many seats does A333 regional have ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Wow when did you spot this on Fr24? It looks like the aircraft returned to CMB after its departure for some reason. May be I'm wrong.

    Aaqib and Azamh said there were two Air China B737BBJs visited Colombo last week.
    Was tracking this aircraft yesterday it took of from CMB at around 1:45pm heading to MLE no idea why it retuned back though.

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