SriLankan Airlines grows fleet to meet increasing demand

SRILANKAN Airlines yesterday took delivery of its first brand-new aircraft in a decade, an Airbus A320-200. The airline plans to add at least six aircraft to its fleet this year, as part of its expansion programme to cater to a growing number of passengers and routes.

This was the first of three A320 aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2011, with the second and third due to arrive in the last quarter of the year. An Airbus A340 widebody aircraft is scheduled for delivery in late May.

The airline expanded its global network to 51 destinations in 32 countries, launching services to Guangzhou and reactivating daily flights to Kochi (TTG Asia e-Daily, March 21). It will also commence flights to Moscow in September.

SriLankan Airlines’ last brand-new aircraft arrived as far back as in 2000, while aircraft arrivals over the years have been on lease.

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