SriLankan acquires fifth Airbus A320

DUBAI - SriLankan Airlines has acquired its fifth Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 17. The rapid expansion of fleet is to provide capacity for the increasing number of destinations serviced by the airline.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 18 Aug 2004, 9:56 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:45 AM

The airline presently flies to 42 destinations in 23 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The airline plans to add another five aircraft by year-end. The airline currently operates five four-engined long range A340s, four twin-engined medium range A330s, five A320s, one Cessna Caravan amphibious aircraft, and two Antonov AN12 freighter aircraft.

The airlines recently increased its frequencies to London (12 per week), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and Bahrain in accordance with its corporate strategy of attaining daily frequency to as many of its existing destinations as possible.

The airline is also rationalising flight timings around the world to provide common timings for each destination, for increased efficiency.

SriLankan Airlines expects to acquire one or two more long range aircraft later this year, in preparation for its entry into the China market in November, with the launch of thrice-weekly flights between Colombo and Beijing via Bangkok.

SriLankan Airlines has received a string of world aviation accolades recently, including World's Friendliest Cabin Staff, Best Overall Inflight Entertainment (for a fleet size of 20 or less), and first runner-up for the World's Best Cabin Staff.

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