SriLankan Airlines expands fleet, plans new destinations

July 20, 2010 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines has taken delivery of its latest A330-200 wide-bodied aircraft as part of the national carrier’s expansion programme that will double the fleet and add new destinations, a senior official said.

Wickremasinghe said SriLankan Airlines plans to fly to Moscow as well as a fourth destination in China soon.

“At present we’re working towards going to Moscow which should be in the winter or from January or February next year. We also want to go to a fourth destination in China.”

It now flies to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in China. “This is only the beginning of our expansion programme,” SriLankan Airlines chairman Nishanta Wickremasinghe said.

“We have a programme to double the fleet in the next three years. There’ll be a series of aircraft like this coming into our fleet in the next 24-36 months.

“Our target is to go up to 24 aircraft by 2015 and go to new destinations from that point on.”

The leased twin-engine A330 delivered from France Tuesday is one of the most widely-used wide-body aircraft in service today, and is considered a fuel efficient plane, according its manufacturer Airbus.

SriLankan Airlines officials said the A330 aircraft configured for the n