swissgabe
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SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Mon May 05, 2003 8:08 pm

It has been discussed before that UL is going back to KHI and that they will start services into COK as well. Enclosed please find the official Press Release for that and you might also be interested in the frequency increase mentioned.

Beside that, SriLankan Airlines should get another A340 later this year and it looks like UL would like that SriLankan intends first to increase it's services into Europe than starting China but that's nothing confirmed yet.

PRESS RELEASE:

SriLankan Airlines returns to Karachi, launches Kochi and increases frequencies to five other cities

SriLankan Airlines is expanding its services in Asia starting this Summer, by resuming flights to Pakistan's largest city Karachi, launching its new service to Kochi in India, and increasing frequencies to five other destinations - Dubai, Kuwait, Bangalore, New Delhi and Male.

With its third Airbus A320 joining the fleet and increasing fleet strength to 10 aircraft, the airline will begin operating an A320 to Karachi from June 1, 2003 as flight number UL 183 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing Colombo at 1955 hours and arriving Karachi at 2345 hours. The return flight UL 184 will leave Karachi at 0100 hours the next day and arrive in Colombo at 0430 hours.

SriLankan Airlines plans to promote Sri Lanka as a holiday destination for Pakistanis and also attract MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism from Pakistan.

The timing of the Karachi flight has been scheduled to maximize convenience for transit passengers in Colombo who would be taking SriLankan's flights to the Maldives, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong through Colombo.

Flights to Karachi had been temporarily suspended in mid 2001 when the national carrier re-organized its route network to cope with a depleted fleet of aircraft following the attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport.

The flights between Kochi and Colombo, which began on April 22, will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Dubai and Kuwait sectors will become daily frequencies from June 23, increasing from the present six flights per week.

The number of flights between New Delhi and Colombo were increased from five to six starting from April 21. The flight is routed via Bodh Gaya from April 21 to 30 and again from September 1 to October 25.

Flights to the southeastern Indian commercial city of Bangalore have also be increased to four per week operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, up from three per week.

The number of flights between Colombo and the Maldivian capital Male, will also be increased starting in June, with two flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and one flight on Mondays and Thursdays. These are in addition to the existing flights to Male from Paris, Tokyo, London and Zurich.

With Kochi and Karachi, SriLankan's network expands to 32 destinations in 21 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Indian sub continent and Far East.

Corporate Communications department
SriLankan Airlines Ltd

April 23rd, 2003
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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Mon May 05, 2003 11:06 pm

Thanks Swissgabe for posting this. How have you been of late?
With all these increases, maybe a additional 4th A320 might be needed? Also if possible, could you tell us, how badly affected are the Singapore and Hong Kong flights by SARS, how are the loads right at this time?

Looks like the plans to add Shanghai might be on hold now. Maybe it will come online next year, when all this SARS stuff is solved....
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increa

Wed May 07, 2003 12:51 pm

Well next in line for UL (based on my guesses and drip feed info from UL)
1. Beijing via Bangkok
2. Melbourne/Sydney??
3. Rome/Milan
4. Dhaka
5. Hydrabad

I think JNB is a firfy. Last time when UL did it, it was a disaster.

What do you experts think ? Zizou? Swissgabe? Gardermoen ?


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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Wed May 07, 2003 2:35 pm

Zizou, I try to find out regarding UL flights from CMB to HKG (via BKK) and SIN (via UL / WMKK), Malaysia">KUL).

Airlanka. You are right, JNB was a disaster and I was surprised to have seen in mentioned again. HYD is more a problem of getting traffic rights to, if UL would get them, I guess they would start as soon as possible. Australia has never been mentioned during the last few month, but it would be possible in the long term.

It really looks like SriLankan will replace one A330 with TWO A340, this means that there will be one additional aircraft and as I said, it looks like the additional A340 would be used to increase frequencies into existing destinations and not to open new routes.

Another thing, I don't think that SriLankan will replace all its A330 with A340, now it really looks like they still keep a few 330.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Wed May 07, 2003 10:37 pm

Thanks Swissgabe, that would be great. Do you know where they could be getting the two A340s from? Singapore Airlines comes to mind....

 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Thu May 08, 2003 3:52 am

Zizou, I don't know where UL could get the additional A340 from but SQ also comes to my mind. Will get back to you regarding the other stuff ...

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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increa

Fri May 09, 2003 4:05 pm

I heaed that UL is talking to Boeing about getting the ex SQ A340s. These are apperantly exchanged for 777s.

Any one who could confirm?

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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Fri May 09, 2003 4:07 pm

Airlanka
There have been talks about that between UL and Boeing (see earlier discussion on a.net) but as far as I know SriLankan Airlines doesn't want to take over these A340 or at least not all of them to replace all A330 as reported earlier.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Mon May 12, 2003 10:08 pm

Zizou
Routes to HKG and SIN aren't doing that good. Loads are around 50%-65% on most flights but it looks like most pax bound for BKK on the HKG route and most UL flights to SIN go via UL / WMKK), Malaysia">KUL. On the other SIN routes, the flights continue to JKT. Sorry for not being able to give you exact figures ...
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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Mon May 12, 2003 10:47 pm

Thanks so much Swissgabe, what you have given me, will do nicely. Will SriLankan reduce frequency between Singapore and Colombo? Already Singapore Airlines has gone from daily to 5 weekly.
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Tue May 13, 2003 12:09 am

Zizou, I don't think that UL will reduce between CMB and SIN vv. since the aircraft continues to JKT as well or is combined with UL / WMKK), Malaysia">KUL. But you never know.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Tue May 13, 2003 1:12 am

Swissgabe,

The UL flights to JKT have been suspended for a good couple of months or so now. UL are at present code sharing the JKT flights with EK who go via CMB. I think this is a temporary thing.

The flights to SIN are being operated direct now by UL using A330's.



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RE: SriLankan Airlines - KHI, COK And Freq. Increase

Tue May 13, 2003 3:32 pm

Srilankan_340, as per an earlier discussion over here I thought that this was only for the month of April. But you are right, flights are still listed as noop in the CRS and UL only has the Codeshare flights on EK. So there are one turn around flight into SIN on day 1. All others are doing CMB-UL / WMKK), Malaysia">KUL-SIN-CMB.

Just to mention, that even when UL flew to JKT that all flights to SIN have been direct, those going to JKT via SIN even nonstop.
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