SriLankan to re-fleet with Airbus wide-body aircraft: report

Apr 28, 2013 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines has decided to acquire Airbus Industrie aircraft to replace its ageing wide-body fleet, a media report said. SriLankan lost 20.5 billion rupees last year but it had been getting annual capital injections of about 100 million US dollars though government bonds.

SriLankan already has a fleet of younger A320 short haul aircraft and an ageing A340 and A330 aircraft wide-body which need to be replaced. The short haul fleet has been progressively renewed.

Sri Lanka’s The Sunday Times newspaper said the cabinet of ministers had approved 2.5 billion US dollar deal to acquire six Airbus A 330-300 aircraft at 234.38 million US dollars each and four A350-900 aircraft at 283.308 million US dollars.

They will have Rolls Royce Trent and Rolls Royce XWB engines.

Earlier reports said US-based Boeing was also in the running with its B-777 aircraft, but industry analysts say it makes sense to go for the same make.