June 20, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines had signed a deal with Airbus to buy four A350-900 and six A330-300 aircraft, powered by Rolls Royce engines in the first phase of replacing its aging long haul fleet. “The winning combination of A330s and A350 XWB will allow SriLankan Airlines to offer the highest levels of comfort to their passengers while also benefitting from superior efficiency levels at any time,” the John Leahy, Airbus chief operating office customers said in a statement.
The aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce engines.
“Adding more new A330’s to our fleet, combined with the unbeatable economics the A350 XWB will offer, allows us to achieve a strong economical performance,” Kapila Chandrasena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines said.
SriLankan is expected to acquire three more A350s from leasing companies, as production slots were not available with the manufacturer as part of a 13 aircraft re-fleeting exercise Chandrasena told LBO in April.
Bruce Blythe, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President – Customers, said the Trent XEB is the most efficient engine in the market.