April 29, 2009 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines said it had acquired a second Airbus A320 as part of its narrow-body aircraft re-fleeting program where the existing fleet is replaced with newer more fuel efficient aircraft. The newly acquired A320 is a two year old aircraft on lease from AWAS of Ireland on a three-year contract. It had replaced a leased aircraft.
“The arrival of newer aircraft will further enhance the overall punctuality of our fleet and bring about greater fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs,” acting head of engineering at SriLankan D A G Jayasuriya, said in a statement.
The aircraft had arrived on March 23. It is currently being repainted with the SriLankan Airlines livery and undergoing a maintenance check at SriLankan Engineering’s hangar complex at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport.
Sri Lankan operates a fleet of four A320s, four wide-body A330s and five wide-body A340s.
The A320s are used to fly to India, Pakistan, the Maldives, and some cities in the Middle East.
The SriLankan fleet now operates 13 aircraft four A320s, four twin-engined widebody A330s, and five four-engined long-haul A340s.