SriLankan signs Airbus deal

During the Paris Air Show held today (Wednesday), SriLankan Airlines announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding in preparation for an order for six new Airbus A330-300s and four A350-900s.

In addition to four Airbus A350-900 widebodies it will order and which will be delivered from 2019 to 2023, the carrier will take three more A350-900s on lease (perhaps on an interim basis) and these aircraft will be delivered from 2017 to 2019.

SriLankan Airlines will take delivery of its six Airbus A330-300 widebodies from October 2014 to December 2015.

SriLankan Airlines, an all Airbus operator apart from one de Havilland Canada Twin Otter, has chosen the A330-300 and the new Airbus A350 XWB-family jet as part of its long-haul fleet renewal program.

“The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330s form the pillar of SriLankan’s long haul operations,” says Kapila Chandrasena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines. “Adding more new A330s to our fleet, combined with the unbeatable economics the A350 XWB will offer, allows us to achieve a strong economical performance.”

According to Airbus, its aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers.

This brings operational flexibility and results in significant cost savings, according to the manufacturer.

To date Airbus has received orders for well over 1,200 A330s and nearly 1,000 are now flying, with nearly 100 operators worldwide.

SriLankan Airlines currently operates eight A320s, seven A330-200s and six A340-300s.  The A340-300s will be replaced on a one-for-one basis by the six new A330-300s covered in the MOU the carrier signed on June 19. (airlinesanddestinations)

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