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SriLankan Airlines Limited (also known as Air Lanka) - National Aviation Company of Sri Lanka. Performed flights to Europe and Asia from its base Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The headquarters of the aviation company is located in the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka.
Air Lanka was established in July 1979, the Government of Sri Lanka after the elimination in 1978, the Air Ceylon. Initially, a new air carrier has begun work on two Boeing 707, taken on lease from Singapore Airlines, but in the same year, Air Lanka acquired data planes in the property. Then the ship was purchased more Boeing 737, applied on short routes. In 1980-ies aviation company has increased the number of planes and directions. In the middle of 1980-ies Air Lanka uses two aircraft Boeing 747-200 in a number of European destinations. The company was served to 1990 26 directions. Golden airplane aviation company became Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, who worked in the airline company at 1980 2000 years. The carrier in December 1992 year bought the first Airbus A320.
In 1998, the Air Lanka, is state-owned, was privatized part of Emirates Group (Dubai), when Emirates and the Sri Lankan Government signed a strategic partnership agreement to 10 years. This agreement included exclusive rights for ground handling and aircraft catering at the airport of Colombo Bandaranaike. Emirates bought 40% Air Lanka shares with total value of $ 70 million. (Which later increased to 43,6%), proceeded to take measures that are aimed at increasing aviation company's image, the modernization of the fleet. The Sri Lankan government has retained a controlling stake in the carrier, but the Emirates Group has provided full rights to perform investment and management decisions. Air Lanka in 1998 was renamed SriLankan Airlines.
SriLankan bought 6 Airbus A330-200, in addition to its fleet of aircraft Airbus A340-300 and A320-200. Plane A330-200 joined the aviation companies in the period from October to July 1999 2000 years. Fourth A340-300 arrived in Colombo, painted in the new livery of corporate aviation company. SriLankan rebranded its aircraft passenger cabins and rebuild A340 salons liners data in two classes - economy and business.
SriLankan Airlines reusable suffered losses from natural disasters and terrorist attacks - an earthquake in the Indian Ocean 2004 years, the outbreak of SARS in the Asia-Pacific region, the attack Bandaranaike Airport, during which destroyed 4 liner aviation companies and damaged two more of its aircraft that quantitatively terms was half the fleet of the carrier, the civil war in Sri Lanka.
SriLankan Management has decided to develop the Colombo airport, a private Asian hub, as a result of this trip was formed segment of regional air transportation and open flights to the Middle East and India.
The company at the same time continued to increase the route network in the other direction, began to make regular flights to Jeddah, which became the third airport and the carrier in Saudi Arabia after Dammam and Riyadh, as well as the fifty-first in a row a destination in its own route network. The number of scheduled flights to the Middle East increased at the same time to nine.
CEO Peter Hill December 19 2007, was dismissed by the Government of Sri Lanka. The reason for the dismissal of top managers - a significant financial loss as a result of the aviation company hedging transactions.
Emirates Group in 2008 year notified the Government of Sri Lanka of any intention to extend the contract for management of the aviation company, expiring two months later - in March 31 2008 years.
Utility form stewards aviation company has been unchanged since the founding of Air Lanka until February 2010 years, then entered a new form. The first destination when expanding - Shanghai (China), where the flight began to be carried out in July 1 2010 years. Aviation Company in January 28 2011 year began producing flights to Guangzhou (China). The company intends to begin flights to Johannesburg, Seoul, Sydney 2013 year, as well as in Manila, Copenhagen, Ho Chi Minh City.
Emirates Group in 2010 was sold to the Government of Sri Lanka, its share (43,63%) in the aviation company.
The government will buy six new A-2013 330 before the end of the year for the national carrier. According to the words of the Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Zhayaratne SriLankan undergoing modernization stage, as the company will gradually get rid of its aging fleet.
SriLankan Airlines is planning to increase its own fleet of up to 30 aircraft over the next four years and is currently in talks with Boeing and Airbus concerns about the transaction, which may include delivery of nine long-haul aircraft. It is also possible to rent four additional Airbus A320 aircraft. Kapila Chandrasena said that the carrier plans to add a model of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330-300 for its fleet to replace them Airbus A340-300, with deliveries beginning in 2013-2014 years.
SriLankan Airlines takes a few cargo flights to India and the Middle East, in applying the Expo Air Douglas DC-8-63F in Lankan Cargo Boeing 727-200F.
Basic data airlines Sri Lankan Airlines:
- Airlines Country: Sri Lanka.
- International flights from Colombo, the national aviation company in Sri Lanka.
- Year of occurrence AK: 1979.
- IATA airline code: UL.
- ICAO airline code: ALK.
Of Sri Lanka (SriLankan Airlines). Official site:www.srilankan.aero.
- Main airports airlines:Colombo Bandaranaike.
- The mailing address of the airline: Sri Lanka, Katunayake, Int. Airport, Bandaranaike, Airline Centre.
- City Airline Phone: + 94197335555.
- Airlines Fax: + 94197335122.
- E-mail Airlines:email@example.com.
- The airline has the following types of aircraft:AirbusA320, AirbusA330-200, AirbusA340-300.
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