Sri Lankan Airlines on new direction to trim fuel

Sept 10, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines says it is cutting fuel use by making clean landing approaches at its home base in Colombo and through a series of efficiency measures devised in house and with international advice.

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Though fuel prices are now falling, SriLankan says even at current prices about 50 percent of its costs come from fuel.

An expert team from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) had studied the airline and made recommendations, which were being implemented by a specially appointed committee.

“We are not satisfied with simply following IATA’S recommendations,” Anushad Liyanagoda, who occupies the newly created post of manager aviation fuel said in a statement.

“We have already added a large number of our own initiatives, and are tailoring the IATA suggestions to suit the requirements of our airline.”

The airline says it has already come up with new methods to reduce fuel consumption, and is quantifying the amount of savings from every one of them.

After talks with civil aviation authorities and air traffic controllers, the landing approaches to