May 20, 2011 (LBO) – A brand new Airbus A320-200 aircraft delivered to SriLankan Airlines this week as part of its fleet expansion is more fuel efficient and would improve airline performance, the national carrier said. Chief executive Manoj Gunawardena said two more aircraft are expected to be delivered later in the year.
“These aircraft will greatly reduce the average age of our fleet and will bring about vastly improved performance, fuel efficiency, and safeguard the environment by significantly reducing engine emissions, he said.
The latest aircraft touched down at the Bandaranaike International Airport on May 19, delivered straight from the manufacturers Airbus Industrie in Toulouse, France.
It was the first of three brand new A320 aircraft to be acquired in 2011, the second and third of which are scheduled to arrive in the last quarter of the year.
The airline’s last brand new aircraft arrived as far back as 2000.
The airline has said it is looking to reduce fuel costs, a major cost element for airlines, with oil prices staying high.
SriLankan Airlines chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said the fleet was being modernised at a rapid pace in support of the long term goals to make