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Sri Lanka Thread #1 - UL To CAN, Add 2 A320s  
User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6904 times:

Welcome to the first ever Sri Lanka thread.

The latest
SriLankan to launch Guangzhou flights 3 weekly eff 28JAN
UL882/3 CMB-BKK-CAN-BKK-CMB
To add one A320 by Dec, and another by Feb.
Full schedule, fleet and Winter plan - http://www.airlineindustryreview.com...10-guangzhou-launch-two-new-a320s/

AeroLanka to relaunch as Lankan Cargo. 727F already at CMB.

Mihin Lanka to add one A321 and launch Jakarta flights from Nov. To operate 3 weekly.

Let's continue the discussion..


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6882 times:

Thanks for the update, KFlyer.

Quoting KFlyer (Thread starter):
Mihin Lanka

What does Mihin mean?



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6842 times:

Pe@rson, tricky question.   Mihin is the short form for Mahinda, the President's name. But it also can be used with other meanings. The airline mentioned here is, MJ.


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1315 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6637 times:
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Quoting KFlyer (Reply 2):
Mihin is the short form for Mahinda,

What are the other meanings? Anything relevant to being an airline name?

Also, how has aircraft movements and tourist visits changed post war? Are these stats online somewhere? I understand that it is booming.



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6521 times:

@eksath We all know that it's in no way related to aviation  
First half tourist arrivals up by 49.9% IIRC. Same about CMB. The stats aren't public, but I found them in either AASL or UL annual report.
It sure is booming. UL is also apparently getting very good loads on its new PVG route.



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User currently offlineSRILANKAN From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6463 times:

When is UL starting Australia?

User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6449 times:

I am quite disappointed with UL's frequent flier program (FlySmiles).

At one point, i subscribed to the program and was willing to add another FFP to my loyalty list. However, half of my flights were never logged into their system. They seemed to be quick at responding to my 'missing mileage' query emails at first, but then i never heard back from them and my missing miles are still missing.

It seems like such a major stepback from Skywards! I hope that they will improve on this.


Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6370 times:

@SRILANKAN I doubt it. If I was the CEO, not until UL has either 787 or A350 . As you know, yields really do not justify the investment.
@ronerone I believe they lack a good system like Skyward's. Lack of automatic miles management is a serious downside. It seems they have no interest on developing it either.



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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6102 times:

Quoting KFLyer
@ronerone I believe they lack a good system like Skyward's. Lack of automatic miles management is a serious downside. It seems they have no interest on developing it either

Is it true that in order to log miles pax need to send in boarding passes and tickets each time to UL? I think I read this somewhere (although I could be wrong).


User currently offlineVIDP From India, joined Feb 2010, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6066 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 4):
First half tourist arrivals up by 49.9% IIRC. Same about CMB

Hi sorry for derailing the topic a bit but is 9W doing really well on its MAA-CMB sector. They seem to have now launched direct flights from BOM,DEL to CMB guess UL will now have company on these routes.


User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6065 times:

Quoting VIDP
Hi sorry for derailing the topic a bit but is 9W doing really well on its MAA-CMB sector. They seem to have now launched direct flights from BOM,DEL to CMB guess UL will now have company on these routes.

It's about time BOM-CMB had some competition. I don't think any Indian airlines has flown this sector before.
I'd like to see UL back in the smaller secondary ports like Hyderabad, Cochin, Goa, Calicut etc. Sounds ideal for Mihin to pick up.


User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1315 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5909 times:
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There seems to be a civilian R-22 (red color) in operation flying charters for politicians? Any knowledge who that belongs to?


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User currently offlinelalib From Pakistan, joined Feb 2010, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5792 times:

Hello,

@ ronerone and gardermoen,

Similar experience. When trying to become a member of flysmiles, the online system didn't allow me to do so. Emails and call Center was of no help. I then filled in the application Whilst in transit in CMB and got all my mileage from HKG to KHI and back. I just sent a copy of the boarding pass for the first leg and at check in I gave them my membership number.

Apart from that, i quite liked UL's service and aircraft.


User currently offlineFRACO7X From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5625 times:

Just received following e mail

SriLankan Airlines to acquire seven more aircraft by the end of 2011

SriLankan Airlines will acquire its first brand new aircraft in more than a decade, among the seven aircraft it plans to take delivery of by the end of 2011. They include five Airbus A320’s, including three brand new aircraft, and two Twin Otter floatplanes.

SriLankan’s CEO Manoj Gunawardena said: “We will be celebrating an important new chapter in the history of SriLankan Airlines with the arrival of this large number of aircraft within a short period. They will allow SriLankan to significantly enhance the passenger experience on board our flights, give us the ability to fly to more cities in the Subcontinent, Middle East and Southeast Asia, and to also increase capacity to existing destinations in these regions.”

The last time Sri Lanka’s National Carrier took delivery of a brand new aircraft was in June of 2000, when it received the last of six A330-200’s. The three brand new aircraft are scheduled to be acquired in from May-November 2011, and will sport the latest comforts and entertainment systems including Audio-Video On Demand (AVOD) in both Business and Economy Classes.

These three aircraft would be preceded by two other A320’s which are likely to arrive in December 2010 and early 2011. All five aircraft would be on operating leases at very attractive terms of monthly payments. In addition, two Twin Otters are to be acquired for the re-launch of its domestic service SriLankan Air Taxi this winter. The airline is also exploring the possibility of obtaining at least one more long-haul wide-body aircraft to launch services to more new destinations in Europe and the Far East.

“Our fleet expansion plans are constantly updated to support Sri Lanka’s rapidly growing tourism industry, while keeping in mind the financial requirements of the airline,” said SriLankan’s CEO.

Sri Lanka’s National Carrier began a re-fleeting programme shortly after its management changed hands in April 2008, acquiring three A320’s in 2008 and 2009 to replace old aircraft. A wide-body A330-200 was also added to the fleet two months ago.

These seven aircraft will join SriLankan’s fleet of 13 – three A320’s, five A330’s, and five A340’s – with a global network covering 49 cities in 31 countries. The twin-engined A320’s operate to destinations in the Subcontinent, Maldives, Southeast Asia, and parts of the Middle East, while the A330’s and A340’s operate to the Middle East, Europe, and the Far East.

Corporate Communications

SriLankan Airlines

www.srilankan.aero

13th October 2011


User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1884 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5605 times:

Quoting FRACO7X (Reply 13):
They include five Airbus A320’s, including three brand new aircraft,

The first brand new A320 is MSN 4694


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

@Viasa Thanks for the info. But MSN4694 is currently listed as EI-EIF ?
@eksath The R-22 is owned by Sajin Vass, Presidential Advisor, P.M and brother of UL CEO

Mihin Lanka is adding a new A321, MSN3106 ( IIRC ) G-TTIF. Launching flights to AMD, CGK, DAC and MLE from Nov.

SriLankan to
- Introduce flat bed seats on widebody fleet. Seat is Aviointeriors Biz.

Refurbishing will be done by UL MRO btwn May-Sep '11 on four 332 and two 343.
- Introduce Next Gen RAVE IFE ( AVOD ) by IMS
- Mulls a route to Canada via LGW ( Although I believe they better try a ZRH-Canada route given less competition and more Sri Lankans in both cities )

More info at -
http://www.airlineindustryreview.com...-mulling-flights-to-north-america/

Do those info require a new thread ?

For UL -
4th 320 by 14 NOV, 5th by 15DEC, 6th in JAN



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User currently offlineeta unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2084 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5586 times:

Australia not going to happen, but last month they terminated their Australian general sales agent (World Aviation) and appointed a different company (Walshe).

User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5567 times:

The Chairman had wanted to resume Australia ops - but I believe they gave it up. Not to mention that it is very unlikely UL will make money out of an Australia run.
But with full government backing now, never say never. They're even listing MEL and SYD in IBE now - whereas none of the other codeshare destinations are listed.



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User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1884 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5489 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 15):
@Viasa Thanks for the info. But MSN4694 is currently listed as EI-EIF ?

Correct, it was assigned to be EI-EIF with Alitalia, but the have switched the delivery position.


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5406 times:

@viasa Is it true that the frame is set to be fitted with CFM ( UL 320s are all IAE ) ? Perhaps this was AZ's choice and is due to change ?
Do you have any info who the lessor is ?
I understand that 4694 is only set to be built around May 2011 ( and UL plans to take three brand new 320s May - Nov 11 as the widebody fleet goes down for refurbishment ). Does anybody have any info from where are the two ( used ) A320s for 1DEC and 1FEB ( as per previous plan, but CEO stated 14NOV and 15DEC ) coming ?



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User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1884 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5340 times:

I have the same information like you. But AZ's A320 were A320-216s (UL will get A320-214s). If I have information about the used A320s I will share it.

User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5319 times:

@viasa Are you sure it will be -214, which means CFM is confirmed ?
The two Twin Otters are due to come soon as well. My guess is they shall be 4R-ARC & ARD.
UL had approached Canada FTA to discuss an Air Services Agreement between the two countries to pursue the new flights or a codeshare.

In other news I just noticed Eksath has posted some great photos of the recently opened Sri Lanka Air Force Museum. Definitely a must visit place for av geeks.


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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4342 posts, RR: 35
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5276 times:

A thread on Sri Lanka isn't complete without some information about domestic flights. An earlier thread to which I contributed was banned to the airliners.net- Siberia called 'travel, polls and prefs' so it didn't get the attention and answers we needed.
Is Expo Aviation still flying F-27s to Jaffna? A few years ago a BAe-748 and even an Il-18 were active on that route too.
When I was in Sri Lanka in dec 2008 these flights and even Ratmalana airport itself was totally off limits for me as innocent foreigner. Can someone update us if flights are operating and open for anyone? With what equipment? What about the MA-60s ordered for this route? Is any airline (thinking about) opening other domestic routes? Which?



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5216 times:

Expo is still in operation IIRC. But all the private operators are now being threatened with the Air Force offshoot Helitours ( the carrier has existed since 1970s ) offering flights at lower fares. Helitours utilises Air Force aircraft such as Y-12 reconfigured for civilian use flying from RML to Palali/JAF and Ampara/GOI.

Serendib Express no longer operates, although their international unit does operate.

Deccan Lanka has now began a scheduled land-where-you-want flight to South Coast. They are also adding an G-8 Airvan by Winter.

UL is to start Air Taxi with two Twin Otters by Winter.

Anybody can now freely ( not the fare   ) fly on domestic flights without any security issues.



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5064 times:

Singapore firms to invest in SriLankan Airlines units
Top management from two top Singapore airline-related companies in which Singapore’s biggest investment arm, Temasek Holdings has major stakes, were in Colombo this week for discussions with SriLankan Airlines and government officials on investments in the local carrier and its subsidiary, officials said.
The delegation of 3-4 officials from Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aerospace), one of the largest third-party, independent aviation repair and overhaul (MRO) companies in the world, and 3-4 officials from Singapore Airlines Terminal Services Ltd (SATS), Singapore’s leading provider of Gateway Services and Food Solutions, arrived on Wednesday for talks on a range of issues.
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/101017/BusinessTimes/bt01.html



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25 KFlyer : Reportedly A320 MSN2569 and MSN2584, currently with Jazeera and owned by DVB, are due for UL in Dec. and Jan. Both aircraft are powered by CFM as is M
26 VIDP : Due to addition of the new A320,s do we see any increase in frequency to Indian cities ?
27 KFlyer : VIDP, quite probably yes. They are planning to replace widebodies on short hauls with the narrowbodies, so there will obviously be a frequency increas
28 KFlyer : Reportedly 4R-MRC ( A321 MSN3106, ex EZY G-TTIF ) has now been repainted and is awaiting delivery at SNN. Has anybody got photos ?
29 KFlyer : UL Air Taxi flights can now be booked through srilankan.aero. Currently on sale are Bentota, BJT and Koggala, KCT. At the moment flights are showing a
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