SriLankan Airlines trains first batch of technicians under European certification

Aug 19, 2010 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines has graduated its first batch of Aircraft Maintenance students under the EASA 147 European certification as it seeks to build its engineering business, a statement said. The 26 students, including seven foreign students from the Maldives, Oman and India, underwent two years of training at SriLankan’s Technical Training School at the Bandaranaike International Airport north of Colombo.

SriLankan said it is one of the few airlines in Asia to possess the EASA 147 training certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Its Technical Training School is also recognised by the aviation authorities of several nations in South Asia and the Middle East, which regularly have students trained at SriLankan.

“As Sri Lanka gains a reputation as a hub for knowledge, especially in the airline industry, the prestige of our airline’s training facilities, and of those who are trained by SriLankan, will grow, chief executive Manoj Gunawardena said.

SriLankan has trained more than 200 young men and women in aircraft maintenance since the continuous training programme commenced in 2003.

Another 107 are now undergoing training, including 19 foreign stu