“SriLankan Airlines has been progressively supporting the government’s vision of making Sri Lanka an aviation hub and an aviation knowledge centre in Asia,”Nishantha Wickremesinghe, Chairman of SriLankan Airlines was quoted the in release.
“To achieve these targets, the national carrier has been steadily expanding its reach and enhancing its training facilities to cater to the growing demands of the industry.”
The airline says it will replace its wide-body fleet, starting this year.
SriLankan says six brand new Airbus A330-300 aircraft and 7 next generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft will be added as airlines’ fleet renewal plan.
The first A330 aircraft will be added to its existing fleet, in October this year.
“These aircraft will replace our existing wide-body fleet and allow us to offer a wider range of destinations, seamless connectivity and a superior service to our passengers, while also achieving improvements in efficiency and yields.” Kapila Chandrasena, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines said.SriLankan carried over 4.2 million passengers in 2013, out of which over 2 million was in-bound traffic the airline said.
The airline plans to establish an aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in the near future to provide MRO services for the regional carriers the airline said.