Sri Lankan Airlines inks deal to maintain IndiGo aircraft

Apr 24, 2014 (LBO) – State-run SriLankan Airlines said it had struck a long-term maintain repair and overhaul (MRO) deal with IndiGo, a fast growing low cost carrier in India which has a fleet of 78 Airbuses. India has growing private budget airline sector after the state ended a monopoly that prevented citizens from providing air services to themselves for decades, aviation analysts say.

IndiGo has built a reputation for on time performance (OTP). IndiGo and SpiceJet have OTP rates around 80 to 90 percent and compete to outdo each other, compared to 60 – 70 percent for state run Air India.

SriLankan Airlines Engineering had provided MRO service to IndiGo since 2009 on an annual contract.

By January 2014 SriLankan had completed 100 ‘C’ checks on IndiGo aircraft. A ‘C’ check is a comprehensive inspection and maintenance that performed about once in two years, depending on the aircraft and type.

“This agreement stands as confirmation of the level of trust SriLankan Engineering has always maintained among its partners and the efficiency of world class service offerings¦,” SriLankan chief executive Kapila Chandrasena said in a statement.

“In addition, with Sri Lanka fast moving ahead i