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SriLankan Airlines Board resignation accepted

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin



The SriLankan Airlines Restructuring Ministerial Committee has yesterday accepted the resignation of Board of Directors and is to appoint a 5-member panel to restructure the national carrier.  This decision was made when Ministerial Committee chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met yesterday to review the progress of the revival of SriLankan Airlines.

The SriLankan Board comprised of Ajit Dias (Chairman), Rajan Brito, Rakita Jayawardena, Ruwanpura De Silva, Mahinda Haradasa, Niranjan de Silva Deva Aditya and Harendra Balapatabendi.

A sequel to this decision came in the form of an offer to resign by Chairman Ajith Dias and his six directors of the board of SriLankan Airlines. See below news item.

 

SriLankan Airlines Chairman and six Directors offer to resign in support of government's restructuring plan
Mon, Dec 25, 2017, 10:42 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 25 Colombo: Ajith Dias, the chairman of SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka's national carrier and six directors of the board have offered to resign in support of the government's restructuring plan.

The chairman told the local media that he and six other directors have tendered their resignation letters in support of the government's restructuring initiative of Airline.

The Government has appointed a Ministerial Subcommittee under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and a top level official committee headed by Treasury Secretary Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga to recommend the strategy to revive the loss-making national carrier which is currently facing major challenges.

When the ministerial committee appointed to look into the restructuring of the Airline held discussions last Wednesday the international consultant to look into the matter submitted its restructuring plan to the committee.

It has been suggested at the meeting that a new board of directors should be appointed to restructure the airline.

Mr. Dias said accordingly, he and six other directors of the seven-member director board have resigned and the only Harendra Balapatabendi is remaining in the board.

He stated that the Board of Directors offered their resignation letters immediately the day following discussions with the committee headed by the Prime Minister.

Mr. Dias said they have tendered their resignation letters to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who heads the ministerial committee on restructuring SriLankan Airlines.

The two committees were also tasked with the selection of a suitable strategic partner and investor to operate the national carrier.

SriLankan has been able to earn a net profit of Rs.4.4 billion during the management of the airline by Emirates Airlines at the time. However, in 2008 the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa removed Emirates Airline CEO Peter Hill and redeemed 40% of its stake. The management agreement between Emirates and SriLankan Airlines ended in 2008.

After the termination of Emirates management, the national carrier incurred losses and the loss for the airline from 2008 to 2014 was Rs 107 billion.

 

 

 

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SriLankan Airlines is ‘Best Full Service Airline in Central & South Asia’ for third consecutive year

Posted on 26 December 2017 by admin

SriLankan Airlines Country Manager Singapore Mohan Meegolle(right) receiving the award at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards 2017 last week

Colombo, November 13, 2017: SriLankan Airlines collected yet another impressive accolade when it won the title of ‘Best Full Service Airline in Central & South Asia’ for the third consecutive year at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards 2017 in Singapore, an event that recognizes the most customer-centric airlines and airports in Asia and Oceania.

SriLankan’s CEO Captain Suren Ratwatte said: “I am delighted to say that this award is the direct result of the extraordinary level of commitment by every member of our airline’s team, both in the air and on the ground. This demonstrates a high level of long-term consistency in our standards, in terms of the products and the service that we provide. Most importantly, our commitment to quality brings great benefits to our customers, whom we take pride in delighting at all times during their journey with us.”

Siva Ramachandra, Chief Commercial Officer of SriLankan Airlines, said: “Winning an important regional award once is creditable for any airline. But winning the same award three times in consecutive years points to a simply marvelous passenger experience that has been provided continuously, throughout our route network. ”

Over the last several weeks, SriLankan has been honoured with a series of global and regional accolades. These include a prestigious Four Star Rating from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in the first ever global airline industry rating programme based solely on passenger feedback; ‘Leading International Airline’ and ‘Best in Class’ at the South Asian Travel Awards 2017; and ‘Innovation in Commercial Airline Cabins’ at the In-flight Asia Pacific Awards.

Other recent awards include ‘World's Leading Airline Operating to the Indian Ocean Region’ at the World Travel Awards; ‘Best International Airline – Asia’ for two consecutive years at the Tamil Nadu Tourism Awards; ‘Most Innovative Marketing Airline in China’ by Life Weekly magazine; and ‘Best Airline in South Asia’ at the Top Travel Awards, also in China.

The Central & South Asia region of the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards is comprised of 15 countries stretching from Bhutan in the east to Belarus in the west, with seven nations in Central Asia and eight in South Asia including India.

The gala awards ceremony of Future Travel Experience Asia 2017 was held at the Marina Bay Sands during ‘Future Travel Asia Expo 2017’ on 7-8 November, a major industry event that brings together thousands of representatives of hundreds of airlines, airports and airline industry vendor organisations. Awards are presented to the best in the categories of Full Service Airlines, Low Cost Airlines, and Airports in five regions – Central & South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, North & East Asia, and Oceania.

The Future Travel Experience Asia Awards (www.futuretravelexperience.com/fteasia/) are highly respected in the airline industry. Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts who judge the comprehensive passenger experience including aspects such as products and service in all cabin classes, long-haul and short-haul flights, in-flight entertainment systems, consistency and quality of cabin crew service, levels of comfort, quality and presentation of food and beverage, and overall passenger experience.

SriLankan Airlines operates a route network of 102 cities from its hub in Colombo, with a fleet of modern aircraft with the latest comforts such as flatbeds in Business Class and sophisticated in-flight entertainment, to complement its world class service that is famed for caring and warmth. As a member of the prestigious oneworld global airline alliance, SriLankan also connects its passengers to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries around the globe through its oneworld partner airlines.

 

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SriLankan Airlines becomes part of Beefy’s final charity walk

Posted on 15 December 2017 by admin

Colombo December 15, 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka was the proud sponsor of the Australian leg of Sir Ian Botham’s famed charity walk “Beefy’ Trek Down Under,” which took place recently.

The Airline facilitated Sir Botham and his team’s journey from London to its newest connectivity addition, Melbourne via its Colombo hub.

Having retired from international cricket thirty years ago, 62-year old cricket legend did not want to rest his trainers without a walk across Australia and his last two walks have been in Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Sir Ian Botham with a group of participants of ‘Beefy’ Trek Down Under.’

“Beefy’ Trek Down Under” was the final in the series of 18 charity walks which consisted of four mini walks held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide with hundreds of supporters trailing with him through picturesque terrain in support of causes closest to Sir Botham’s heart.

SriLankan Airlines first extended its co-operation to Sir Botham in 2013 during Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk which garnered much public interest given the opportunity it offered to walk alongside many national and international cricket legends to support a worthy cause. His walk in Sri Lanka spanned 160 miles in eight days starting from Kilinochchi in the North to Galle in the South of Sri Lanka to raise funds for the underprivileged children in Sri Lanka.

Sir Ian Botham with a group of participants of ‘Beefy’ Trek Down Under.’

Sir Botham was first inspired to walk for charity following an emotional encounter with a group of children suffering from Leukemia during one of his visits to the hospital. The proceeds of Beefy’s Walks, which reached 30 million pounds with the conclusion of the final walk, are utilized for leukemia research, the fight against Type 1 Diabetes and the auto-immune disease.

SriLankan Cares, the Community development arm of SriLankan Airlines has been steering many projects to enhance healthcare and educational opportunities for children and youth of the country. It has also partnered notable charities and community welfare movements to support the under-privileged and the needy.

 

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The 70th anniversary of commercial aviation in our country

Posted on 09 December 2017 by admin

 

Colombo, December 08, 2017: Exactly 70 years ago, on December 10th 1947, a Douglas DC-3 aircraft named Sita Devi took off from Ratmalana airport for Palalay Jaffna and Madras. With this historic flight, Air Ceylon, the national carrier of our country was born.

From the classic DC-3, the beloved Dakota, to SriLankan Airline’s current state-of-the-art fleet of Airbus 320s and 330s, the warmth and hospitality that is the characteristic of our nation has been proudly carried all over the world.

Through many iterations and trials, there has always been an airline based in Colombo serving the nation. Today we celebrate the achievement of many years of service to the nation, an exemplary safety record and a brand that is very well known.

We are now at the threshold of a new era, with a fleet and route network which is the largest in the last 70 years, destinations in four continents and poised to transform ourselves once again to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Our heartfelt thanks to all our customers and staff members who have supported us with unflinching dedication for all these years.

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Expansion of codeshare agreement: SriLankan Airlines and Qantas provide more options to connect with new Melbourne service

Posted on 22 November 2017 by admin

Expansion of codeshare agreement – SriLankan Airlines and Qantas provide more options to connect with new Melbourne service!

Colombo, November 22, 2017: SriLankan Airlines, which last month launched daily non-stop services to Melbourne, is providing its valued passengers with a wide range of options to connect and fly to major cities in Australia and New Zealand, by expanding its codeshare agreement with its long-time partner and fellow oneworld alliance member Qantas.

SriLankan will codeshare on Qantas’ services from Melbourne to Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney in Australia, and New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. In turn, Qantas will code-share on SriLankan’s flights between Colombo and Bangkok as well as its flights between Colombo and Hong Kong. The new codeshare flights will be available for booking from 20th November 2017 with travel from 18th December 2017.

Top tier frequent flyers of both SriLankan and Qantas will be entitled to a range of oneworld benefits such as the opportunity to earn and redeem miles, lounge access, additional baggage allowances and priority check-in and boarding. Member airlines of the oneworld alliance link over 1,000 destinations in 160 countries.

Captain Suren Ratwatte, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, said: “The expansion of our partnership with Qantas, along with the launch of our non-stop Colombo-Melbourne flights, provides our passengers with seamless connectivity from Australia’s largest cities to Colombo and of course vice versa. We are also delighted to be able to offer to our customers services to New Zealand for the first time in SriLankan’s history, creating more travel options for Sri Lankans and New Zealanders alike.”

SriLankan and Qantas have enjoyed a mutually beneficial code-share agreement since 2014, with SriLankan code-sharing on Qantas flights from Singapore to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and vice versa; and Qantas code-sharing on SriLankan’s flights between Colombo and Singapore.

Sri Lanka’s National Carrier operates a route network of 102 cities from its hub in Colombo, with a fleet of modern aircraft with the latest comforts such as flatbeds in Business Class and sophisticated in-flight entertainment, to complement its world class service that is famed for caring and warmth.

 

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