swissgabe
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SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 3:39 pm

As mentioned earlier, SriLankan Airlines will definitively get two additional Airbus A340, the two A340 should arrive mid of October and service will commence at 01 November 2003. It looks like both 340 are ex SQ.

UL will increase flights into LHR, FRA, CDG and ZRH. UL might also increase flights to DXB, DEL and MLE.

Beside that, SriLankan Airlines Cargo will operate a dedicated freighter service to BOM.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 5:10 pm

Good to hear that it's going to be as early as mid October for the A340's arrival.

Are these ex SQ planes in storage at present, or still in service?

IMHO, they need to expand their A320 fleet also to cope with the additional frequencies planned for DEL, BOM etc as demand increases.


On another point, the Indian Govt has given an aid of Rs 300 million (£4.2m) to develop the Palaly (Jaffna) airport facilities, so we might see UL flying the domestic sectors too in the near future




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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 5:19 pm

They will become 4R-ALE and 4R-ALF I guess?

Glad to see they are doing good... I read a lot of good things and positive feedback about UL.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 5:28 pm


Sabena690,

I think you meant 4R-ADE & 4R-ADF  Smile,

Yes my guess is also the same, as 4R-ADD was destroyed in the attack on the airport in 2001 and unlikely they will use that again!







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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 5:36 pm

Woops, I thought their A343 regs had the 'Lima' in the middle, I forgot to look it up...

I confused with the A332 I guess...

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 7:38 pm

Sabena 690

here we go with the some former and current UL regs.

some former UL planes:
4R-ALE Airbus A330-243 0000/0400 336 Destroyed during Rebel Attack at CMB Apt
4R-ALF Airbus A330-243 0000/0600 341 Destroyed during Rebel Attack at CMB Apt
4R-ADD Airbus A340-311 0094/0799 036 ex F-OHPZ / lsf DEBI - Destroyed during Rebel Attack at CMB Apt
4R-ABA Airbus A320-231 0092/1292 - lsf BOUL - Destroyed during Rebel Attack at CMB Apt

4R-UL. was mainly used by Airlanka


Current SriLankan Airlines fleet:
4R-ABB Airbus A320-231 0093/0493 406 -
4R-ABC Airbus A320-231 0092/0702 304 -
4R-ABD Airbus A320-231 - - -
4R-ALA Airbus A330-243 0099/1099 303 -
4R-ALB Airbus A330-243 0099/1199 306 -
4R-ALC Airbus A330-243 0099/1299 311 -
4R-ALD Airbus A330-243 0099/0100 313 -
4R-ADA Airbus A340-311 0094/0994 032 -
4R-ADB Airbus A340-311 0094/1094 033 -
4R-ADC Airbus A340-311 0095/0395 034 -

Srilankan_340
I think those are the once in storage but not sure about this ...
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 9:54 pm

I wonder if the much talked about Rome/Milan service will be re-introduced at the same time?
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:19 pm

One of the reasons for the new A 343s is that its BAHRAIN flights are being upgraded to twice weekly 312 seater A 343s from 260 seater A 332s.

Secondly, LHR is definitely getting extra flights in time for the peak DEC-JAN holiday season and FRA too. I heard that the extra LHR flights will be via MALE as its a very popular tourist spot for the Europeans and UL is its national carrier (of the Maldives too). It flies MLE-NRT too!

They want to increase flights to all Indian destinations but cant as they have crossed their limit unless a new round of talks take place.

Middle East destinations such as DXB-AUH-KWI are in the works too for additional flights.



 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:25 pm

Swissgabe, will they resume services to Jakarta? Your mentioned sometime ago, that this was no likely, but I was thinking, with these additional A340s, maybe a few A330s would be freed up. It is interesting to note, on the Singapore Airport timetables (August/July edition), UL's Jakarta flights are still listed....
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:25 pm

Thanks for that list, Gabriël!

Regards
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:10 am

Hi,
as of last week's Flight Int'l. the additional SriLankan A340s will not be ex-SQ planes!
But where else are secondhand A340 available, perhaps ex AirLib's A340s?

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:20 am

"will they resume services to Jakarta? Your mentioned sometime ago, that this was no likely, but I was thinking, with these additional A340s, maybe a few A330s would be freed up. It is interesting to note, on the Singapore Airport timetables (August/July edition), UL's Jakarta flights are still listed...."

They are ALREADY flying to JKT 2 or 3 times a week.
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:32 am

Ex'AirLib A340 are now with Air Tahiti Nui and new starting "Air Bourbon", based at Reunion Island (RUN) in the Indian Ocean, but there must be one or two a/c left , still parked at Paris-ORY.

I flew Sri Lankan Last March on CDG-MLE, and MLE-CMB-CDG A332 and A340. I enjoyed it very much. Economy class is great, with comfortable seats, large pitch, PTV, nice and efficient crew, and excellent food.
The seats are not the best in Business, rather narrow compared to other airlines, but the service on board and Entertainement programm are perfect.

I hope these new a/c will permitt them to offer a nonstop service also on the way back MLE-CDG, as for the moment, it's only available in the CDG-MLE way... that's quite strange ! First time I was seeing a flight with "no return"...



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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:01 am

Behramjee
SriLankan Airlines DOESN't put extra flights to any other European destination as scheduled flights. If aircrafts are available, they can be chartered.

Flights on CMB-DXB-KWI are now daily.

SriLankan Airbus A332 doesn't have 260 seats, it has Y 251 and J 30 giving a total of 281.

Regarding the LHR flights, as far as I know they are ONLY LHR-MLE non-stop and the MLE-CMB/CMB-LHR will remain.


Zizou
It looks like JKT will be offlined with eff. of the new Winter Schedule and as far as I know, there are no plans to restart it in the short term.

JMO-777
The latest status I have is, that the two A340 are ex-SQ.

FLYSSC
There are plans to introduce a new J Class. There are not many airlines offering a 2/2/2 seating in J class.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:03 am

hope these new a/c will permit them to offer a nonstop service also on the way back MLE-CDG, as for the moment, it's only available in the CDG-MLE way... that's quite strange ! First time I was seeing a flight with "no return"...

FLYSSC,

The reason originally for flying non-stop to MLE was after the attack on CMB airport in 2001, holidaymakers to MLE were afraid to transit via CMB, hence they started flying non-stop to MLE from LHR, CDG & NRT.

Now that the situation is calm, they are only doing so on the way out and returning passengers will have to transit through CMB on their way back to Europe.


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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:46 am

Srilankan_340/FLYSSC
In fact is the reason, that fuel prices are around 1/3 higher in MLE than CMB. But of course the government which still owns the main stake in SriLankan Airlines would like to push tourism in Sri Lanka it self.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:14 am

Gabriel, how are chances, that ALL European destinations will be served with A340, INCLUDING Zurich  Wink/being sarcastic?

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:33 am

SWISSGABE, most of the Airlines operating A330/A340 have a 2/2/2 seating in J class...if not ALL the airlines.

Thanks for all these precision. I'll will definately fly UL for my next trip to MLE next november, with or without the stop in CMB....!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:50 am

FLYSSC
EK has lots of gold on its airplane but their 330 have a 2/3/2 config. If not mistaken, TG and MH have as well. Not sure about KE and others. LX has 2/2/2.

Gerardo
Don't know about this one. It hasn't been mentioned in the details of getting two additional 343.

Sure, UL is the best choice to MLE from CDG, ZRH, FRA and LHR.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:04 am

Mmmm, kind of novel to find this level of interest in UL on a.net...maybe some members are familiar with the isle of serendipity  Big grin

It's great to have seen UL improve so greatly since the days when they had a bad reputation amongst expatriate locals in CMB...those were the days of the old Airlanka, arbitrary cancellation of flights and/or huge delays and Tristars that went tech frequently.....oh, and air conditioning failures at Bandaranike Int'l...  Insane = no surprise!  Big grin

Does anyone remember the "Business Class lounge" for non-UL passengers?....  Laugh out loud

I don't know what the Emirates people did, but they've done a great job so far! Similar to the Kenya Airways revolution in service....

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:06 am

Here are some quotes from an article I found today:

DOHA: The Doha station of SriLankan Airlines recorded an eight per cent increase over its targetted growth for the year 2002-2003, a senior official said yesterday. The Sri Lankan flag carrier is also considering the addition of one more flight between Doha and Colombo, he added.

He said the demand for more seats in this sector already exists. "However, we need extra aircraft for these operations. If we launch the fourth flight, it will come only next summer," he said.

The airline will be acquiring two new Airbus A-340-200 wide-bodied, long-haul aircraft later this year.

"The induction of these aircraft will enable us to increase our London flights to 11 per week, Frankfurt to three per week, four flights to Paris and extra capacity between Colombo and Zurich," Rajapakse added.




The mention of the A340-200 is interesting but it could always be a typo. The article also mentions that they want to increase flights to doha to 4x weekly but those could only happen next summer because of aircraft availability, does this mean that they are getting even more aircraft?
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:33 am

Does anyone remember the "Business Class lounge" for non-UL passengers?....

Now you're talking.  Wink/being sarcastic

It's all a far cry from the facilities of today, there are three lounges now Peacock, Anthurium and Lotus , all got good facilities but sadly no views of the airfield (actually none of them have any windows at all!)  Sad.

BTW, I wouldn't go so far as to say it was all due to Emirates influence (although that has to take some credit for it) , but ever since the Govt. stopped meddling with the proper running of UL, it has been going from strength to strength.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:13 am

Qatar, that news is amazing. SriLankan wants to do 4 weekly DOH-CMB and if I am not mistaken, Qatar flies between DOH-CMB 10 weekly. Which leads me to the question, why is such a big demand in flights between these two cities. Is it to do with the Labor traffic?

 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:35 pm

DoorsToManual
You think UL is only what they are because of EK? Do a search and find some other topics where this has been discussed earlier. Not everything seems to be GOLD.

QatarAirways / Zizou
Interesting article. Guess traffic between DOH and CMB must be mainly labor traffic and QR might get some European traffic as well.
Anyway, I think the traffic between Sri Lanka and the Middle East is getting more important and there is a hugh demand.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:54 pm

Well see a lot of traffic between Sri Lanka and the Middle East is mainly labour 65% I would guess whilst the rest is connecting traffic to USA-CAN-AFRICA AND EUROPE.

Kuwait Airways does well from IND-PAK-BANG AND SRL because of the convienience it offers its pax for USA and Europe flights + plus easy 1-3 hr connections at KWI airport.

Also QR is going 10 weekly to MALE, MALDIVES making it the 2nd largest carrier behind Sri Lankan!

Royal Jordanian however doesnt have a lot of the Indian subcontinent labour traffic to Amman and it mainly survives on excellent connections from the Indian subcontinent to LHR, JFK-ORD-DTW, CDG and FRA.
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:10 pm

SriLankan Airlines is indeed a vastly-improved airline, both in fleet composition and in its image.

I have flown on this beautiful airline on four sectors and found the service consistently superb. The crew members speak beautiful English (actually, many Sri Lankans in the tourism industry are far more eloquent than anyone can ever imagine) and are very efficient.

Sri Lanka is also increasingly popular with Middle-Eastern nationals and the many expatriates living there as a great holiday destination . . . a reputation it richly deserves.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:50 pm

Swissgabe, you may well be correct and I am not contesting who played what role in the remarkable reversal of fortunes at UL.

All I am saying, as a curious observer of events that occurred when I was living in SL, is that before we had an airline with a poor reputation.

Then the press was full of stories on how EK management got involved....then the AFTER = Srilankan airlines.

If I have a somewhat warped idea of how UL became such a strong player regionally (well, in some ways), and maybe that is the case, then it is mainly down to the fact that the media in SL (well, the "Daily News" and "The Island" plus all the expatriates of course...) were full of praise for Emirates, and no one else was mentioned.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Wed Aug 20, 2003 4:30 am

DoorsToManual
I didn't say that EK doesn't have a part of ULs success, I only say that EK wasn't the only factor and EK profited a lot out of UL as well. Beside the full praise for Emirates, there have been some interesting articles about EK as well, how they profited and the way they did deals with UL as well. (mentioned before, you might to a search in this forum).

And just btw, I wouldn't say that Airlanka had a poor reputation in general. No doubt they where famous for delays due to what ever reason (that's why UL). But Airlanka never had any big safety issues and their air service was always excellent.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Wed Aug 20, 2003 4:56 am

Kuwait Airways does well from IND-PAK-BANG AND SRL because of the convienience it offers its pax for USA and Europe flights + plus easy 1-3 hr connections at KWI airport.

Behramjee

KU picks up US traffic mainly from India and Pakistan. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka contribute almost nil to KU's US share as 95% of the KU traffic from these two countries is labour to Gulf and Middle East.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Sat Aug 23, 2003 1:59 pm

to Qatar airways

I am surprised about the A340-200. The aircraft is no more built ... i guess .

rgds

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RE: SriLankan Airlines With Two Additional Airbus A340

Sat Aug 23, 2003 4:42 pm

am surprised about the A340-200. The aircraft is no more built ... i guess

the A340-200 will be produced on demand by Airbus. However I am a bit skeptical about the choice of the A340-200.

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