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SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Fri Aug 20, 2004 3:24 pm

enclosed please find another great SriLankan Airlines press release ...

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SriLankan Airlines to fly 77 times per week to 10 Indian cities

SriLankan Airlines, already the biggest operator into India, announced that it is adding a further 11 flights from October 31 st 2004, increasing flights to 77 into this emerging market which was the world’s second fastest expanding economy last year.



Nine of its ten Indian destinations will then have daily or more frequent flights, including Madras which has 15 flights per week, and Trivandrum which has 11.

“Our target is to provide a web of services around India, which will allow rapid connections to both Indians and foreign visitors to many parts of the country,” said G.T. Jeyaseelan, Head of Commercial at SriLankan Airlines. “We embarked on a strategy last year to provide daily frequencies to as many of our existing destinations as possible, and we have achieved that in respect of India. We at SriLankan Airlines realized very early that India would become a destination of choice for an increasing number of business travellers and tourists as it opens up to the outside world. India is also the largest tourism market into Sri Lanka with traffic increasing 29.5 per cent to 90,603 in 2003.

The airline mainly uses Airbus A320 aircraft for its Indian sectors, and recently acquired its fifth A320, with plans to obtain another twin engine aircraft soon. Calicut became the airline’s 10 th destination in India in July, and SriLankan has already announced plans to fly to Ahmadabad and several other cities in the near future.

The largest increase in the number of flights is to Trivandrum, from seven up to 11, including twice daily on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. This is followed by Hyderabad and Calicut, which each increase from four up to seven, and Kochi from six up to seven. New Delhi, Bombay, Trichy, and Bangalore already have daily flights.

Flights to the popular Buddhist pilgrimage destination Bodh Gaya, which presently operate via New Delhi, will become direct Colombo-Bodh Gaya-Colombo, in order to offer more convenient connections to pilgrims from the Far East and Southeast Asia. These flights will be on Wednesday and Sunday.

SriLankan is also increasing flights to destinations in other regions, and making changes that will offer travellers greater convenience and connectivity.

The number of flights to both Bahrain and Abu Dhabi will increase from two up to three from 1 st October. Bahrain will be serviced on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Travelling to the Maldivian capital, Male, from London and Zurich will become even more convenient on SriLankan from 31 st October, as the airline will operate a Colombo-Male-Zurich-Male-Colombo flight on Monday, and a Colombo-Male-London-Male-Colombo flight on Monday and Friday.. SriLankan has a total of five flights per week to Zurich, direct Colombo-Zurich-Colombo on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and Colombo-Zurich-Male-Colombo on Saturday.

SriLankan already has 12 flights per week to London, twice daily on every day of the week except for Wednesday and Friday when it is daily. One flight each on Monday and Saturday operate Colombo-London-Male-Colombo, while the eight other flights operate direct Colombo-London-Colombo.

SriLankan is scheduled to launch services to China in November, operating thrice weekly from Colombo to Beijing via Bangkok.

SriLankan Airlines, which has been expanding rapidly over the last two years, now flies to 42 destinations in 23 countries across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.. In addition, the airline also flies to 10 domestic destinations with its SriLankan Air Taxi service, using an amphibious Cessna Caravan floatplane.

SriLankan Airlines has won a string of awards in recent times, which include Skytrax’s "Best Airline in Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent" for the fourth consecutive year; Skytrax's "World's Friendliest Cabin Crew" award in 2002; the TTG (Asia) "Best Airline in South Asia" award; First Runner-Up in the Skytrax Best Cabin Staff" award for 2003; Avion's "Best Inflight Entertainment" award in 2003 for a fleet size of 20 or less; and Reise & Preise magazine's "Best Airline" in the 2003 survey of Economy class passengers. SriLankan received an operational excellence award from Airbus Industrie for being the most efficient operator of Airbus A330 in the small fleet category among all the world’s airlines operating A330s in 2002 and 2003.

Media Relations
Corporate Communications Department
SriLankan Airlines Limited

August 20 th, 2004
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Fri Aug 20, 2004 5:29 pm

I can see the Beijing schedules are in:

UL 424 dep CMB 0230 Wed/Fri/Sun, arr BKK 0655, dep BKK 0755, arr PEK 1320
UL 425 dep PEK 1440 Wed/Fri/Sun, arr BKK 1850, dep BKK 1955, arr CMB 2215

All flights operated with A340 equipment. This gives UL a daily service to BKK.

I wonder if Rome will actually make it back to the network. They have been speculating for over a year on Italy.

 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Fri Aug 20, 2004 6:34 pm

Well, the PEK flights have been loaded last week. Not very good timings for connections from/to Europe but from other places there are connections which are ok.

I thing Australia could even come before Italy. But UL is looking for an additional 332, if they don't find one which isn't too expensive, then they can't fly more routes. I think there have been talks for an A332 from a Scandinavian charter.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:53 pm

Flights back into Australia would be most welcome. But compeitition on routes to OZ is fierce and I am worried as to how Sri Lankan will go up against the big boys like Emirates and Qantas. I wonder if Emirates would approve of their entry into the OZ market?
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Fri Aug 20, 2004 10:15 pm

If SriLankan Airlines would start into Australia, it wouldn't only be for the markets from Europe to Australia and the other way around. It also would target connections from India to Australia vv., from the Middle East to Australia vv. and for sure from Sri Lanka/Maldives to Australia and vv.

Btw, out of Switzerland, SriLankan Airlines offered the fastest connections from ZRH to SYD a few years ago. Connecting time of something like 55min. in CMB.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Sun Aug 22, 2004 10:09 pm

Yes this was the strategy in the past. But now the landscape has changed, Qantas flies direct Sydney - Mumbai Sept onwards) and through Jet Airways they offer codeshares to most major Indian cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore etc. And just checking with the travel websites, through Qantas you can fly to Mumbai with 4 nights accomodation for less than $1000 AUD, and when you add the likes of SQ, MH, TG and CX all offering convenient connections (especially SQ and MH) to India, I think SriLankan should stay away for the time being.
 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Mon Aug 23, 2004 8:29 am

I found this interesting tidbit in the airwise news section...

SriLankan Adds To Fleet
August 20, 2004

SriLankan Airlines, majority owned by the Sri Lankan government, said on Friday it planned to acquire five additional aircraft by the end of the year, including three Airbus jets.

In a statement released in Paris, the airline said it would buy one Airbus A340 widebody jet and two Airbus A320 planes, as well as two Turbo Otter air taxis.

Officials at the airline and at Airbus could not say whether the new planes would be bought directly from the Toulouse, France-based plane maker.

SriLankan, which is 51 percent owned by the government and 43.4 percent by Dubai airline Emirates, currently operates 17 aircraft, including 14 Airbus planes.

I daresay the other 3 aircraft would be for its ever popular island taxis.

 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:27 pm

The last two new additions (A320s) where did they come from?..my guess is they came out of some other fleet and not directly from Airbus...Is that correct?

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RE: Shrillness Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Mon Aug 23, 2004 6:33 pm

Eksath,

You are correct in assuming that they did not come from Airbus direct. There are no outstanding orders for UL on the A320's (at least not until Oct 2004 anyway according to the order list.)

I was told that 4R-ABE was an ex MyTravel , on lease.

I will try and get more info on the latest addition.


On a separate note,

Srilankan are indeed actively evaluating starting up Australian services, initially to Sydney and Melbourne in 2005.

According to Peter Hill, CEO, there has been a 78% increase on Australian tourists visits to Srilanka and the Maldives., and the majority of them connected to UL via Singapore it seems. Added to that, the strong Srilankan communities in the two cities, have been expressing a preference for direct flights.

With the recent EK option of via CMB looking highly unlikely ( looks to have gone cold now - looks like they probably will use BKK )


On the IT front, Srilankan are looking to expand their e-booking service by next year to all destinations served by them. ( Currently its only possible for passengers from (SIN/HKG/CMB).


Good to see UL expanding, but with the peace process still not steady yet ( thanks to the politicians and rebels ego fights ), bullish plans are the last thing they need at the moment IMO.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:18 pm

Looks like the govt of India has adapted Srilankan as its national career.

Way to go, dear politicans in India- we can understand your desire to give even more goodies to Jet/Sahara et all in the guise of SAARC open skies, but does it have to be at the expense of trampling Air India and India Airlines???

 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:12 am

Srilankan_340
SriLankan Airlines also plans, to have e-ticketing at 2007. The only problem they have at the moment is, that UL is not in the BSP in Sri Lanka.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:28 am

"Way to go, dear politicans in India- we can understand your desire to give even more goodies to Jet/Sahara et all in the guise of SAARC open skies, but does it have to be at the expense of trampling Air India and India Airlines???"

They seem to be trampling ALL indian carriers. If Jet/Sahara can only fly to Colombo, I don't see that as a goodie, especially since Sri Lankan would want to fill their own 77 flights from India before they strike up any alliances with the Indian carriers.

In any case, it looks like the GOI in its infinite sagacity, has decided that flights via Colombo to London are the way to go.
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:57 pm

Airline like UL and EK are the main beneficiaries of Air India's incompetence.

UL is a perfect example of how private equity can help a state-owned airline. UL has truly shown us the way.

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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:43 pm

Any news of a return of Sri Lankan to Jakarta? Or is that very much of the horizon right now? I believe flights were suspended because of lack of equipment right after the rebel attack on the Colombo airport that left 3 UL widebodies destroyed.

 
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RE: SriLankan Airlines To Fly 77flts/week To India

Tue Aug 24, 2004 6:14 pm

HB-IWC,
no, I don't think UL will go into JKT very soon since they pulled out quiet and now only sell on EK having UL code-share numbers. The reason why they pulled out of JKT has nothing to do what happened on July 24th. Flights into JKT where only suspended something like a year ago.
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