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SriLankan Airlines climbs to 8th place globally for airline fuel efficiency

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

Colombo, August 09, 2017:

SriLankan Airlines has climbed to eighth position globally in IATA fuel efficiency ranking amongst 51 airlines in the same business model, following the implementation of a wide range of fuel efficiency and conservation measures over the last 22 months to reduce fuel burn.

The 2016 ranking of airlines by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has placed SriLankan eighth with an efficiency rating of 34.86Ltr/100RTK (liters per 100 revenue ton kilometers). The IATA benchmark for the year 2016 is 35.26Ltr/100RTK. This is a significant improvement over its performance in calendar year 2015 when it ranked 15th with a rating of 36.25Ltr/100RTK.

Fuel Saving Initiative by the Pilots

Due to the efforts and skills of its Pilots, Srilankan Airlines achieved a saving of over US$2.3 million, when comparing the planned Fuel burn-off, against the actual in 22 months from August 2015 to June 2017. Fuel is the largest cost component for any airline, and with increasing fuel prices the actions of our pilots help in reducing our operational costs.  

SriLankan’s fuel saving efforts are driven by a specialized Aviation Fuel Department in the Flight Operations Division, which constantly seeks new and innovative methods to reduce fuel usage whilst maintaining the highest safety standards and monitors the implementation of existing fuel conservation measures. These include many IATA recommended initiatives, Airbus and Industry best practice recommendations, at the planning stage and inflight. Flying on direct routes whenever possible, optimizing flight levels to fly at the most fuel-efficient altitudes, maximum usage of engine reverse thrust when landing, taxi-in with single engine after landing and optimizing the usage of auxiliary power unit, are some of the techniques used during flights. The Aviation Fuel Department provides a fuel report to every Captain on a monthly basis, which gives them a better understanding of their fuel uplifts and savings, for possible improvement.

All other stakeholders such as Inflight, Engineering, Cargo, Product Development, Flight Dispatch and Ground Services have contributed towards these achievements by improving their processes at the planning stage.

Fuel Tankering by Flight Dispatch

In addition to savings from fuel efficiency measures, Srilankan also achieved a saving of US$2.7 million during this same period using a process called “Tankering” by Flight Dispatch, another section attached to Flight Operations.

Fuel Tankering is a method by which airlines reduce their purchasing of fuel at airports where fuel prices are high and instead carry fuel from airports with lower fuel prices. Tankering is extensively used on flights to Maldives, where fuel prices are the highest in the network. This means the fuel load required for the return trip from the Maldives to Colombo will be carried out of Colombo.

Some South Indian destinations, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are some of the destinations where Tankering is practiced, as fuel prices at these destinations are low, hence additional fuel is brought in, to minimize fuel uplift for the next flight from Colombo, where fuel price is higher.

The extra fuel burn due to the increased weight as a result of extra fuel carried, engine wear are some of the factors that are carefully monitored and considered by Flight Dispatch when Tankering.

Apart from achieving significant savings for the airline, the increase in fuel efficiency also directly enhances environmental conservation, an area in which SriLankan has long been a pioneer in the global air transport industry.

SriLankan currently operates to an online network of 41 destinations, and codeshares with other airlines to a total of 105 cities in 47 countries. As a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, SriLankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its oneworld partner airlines.

 

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SriLankan Airlines achieves superior level of on-time performance 2017

Posted on 03 August 2017 by admin

Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has recorded a consistently superior on-time performance during the first six months of this year, in comparison with its peers.

The latest statistics by the global flight data tracker Flightstats.com ranks Sri Lanka's national carrier as the 5th most punctual among 40 of the world's leading airlines.

SriLankan's flights were on-time 86.49% ahead of the time, far ahead of the average 78.33% achieved by the 40 airlines Flightstats monitors. These include many of the finest carriers in the Middle East, Europe, Far East, Australia, North America, South America and South Asia.Captain Suren Ratwatte, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, said: "We are delighted with the performance of every member of our team at SriLankan, who have raised the bar of professionalism to an extraordinary level in order to achieve such a consistent and long-term success. I feel certain that our passengers, who benefit most from this effort, would be absolutely delighted, as they know that they can count on SriLankan to be on-time, all the time."

SriLankan's consistent performance over the entire first half of 2017 resulted in it being ranked in the top ten of these airlines for four of the last six months, with on-time ratings of 81.52% in January, 85.88% in February, 83.67% in March, 85.21% in April, and 85.36% in May.

The high on-time performance is particularly impressive when taking into account the congestion and stresses that arose during the runway re-surfacing at Colombo's Katunayake airport, which is SriLankan's home base, during January to April 2017.

SriLankan's Ground Handling division, which has a policy of never compromising on the safety, security and global award-winning service levels to its passengers, is the sole provider of services in Colombo.

Its performance has led to consistently favorable comments from its airline customers as well as passengers. SriLankan GH handled approximately 9.5 million passengers on over 57,000 flights of all airlines at BIA during the financial year 2016/17.

SriLankan's efforts are on-time performance are choreographed by a Punctuality Improvement Committee that oversees the performance of its airport passenger service staff, cargo handlers, pilots, aircraft maintenance personnel, flight despatchers, security staff and many others.

It is extremely challenging for any airline to achieve such high levels of punctuality. Many of the elements that effect performance are beyond its control such as weather, air traffic control issues, customs and immigration control formalities, bird strikes, airport congestion, etc. The airline industry defines a flight as being 'on-time' if it arrives or departs within 15 minutes of its scheduled time. Airports and airlines are rated for flights arriving and departing throughout their hub airports and global networks on this basis.

SriLankan won a host of awards for service in recent times, including 'World's Leading Airline Operating to the Indian Ocean Region in 2016' at the World Travel Awards; and 'Best Full Service Airline in Central and South Asia' for the second consecutive year at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards 2016. Its route network presently covers 105 cities in 47 countries with a sophisticated all-Airbus fleet that has been modernized recently with the induction of brand new A320neo, A321neo and A330-300 aircraft. As a member of the oneworld global airline alliance, SriLankan connects its passengers to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries in the oneworld network.

 

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SriLankan Airlines further strengthens its presence in India

Posted on 13 June 2017 by admin

 

New services to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore

Colombo June 13, 2017: SriLankan Airlines will further strengthen its position as the largest foreign carrier into India with the launch of services to three more cities – Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore – in July 2017, increasing to 14 the number of cities in the vast Indian market. Accordingly services to Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore commence on 8th, 12th and 16th July respectively.

SriLankan currently operates 108 flights per week to Chennai, Trichy, Trivandrum, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gaya, Madurai, Varanasi, Kochi, Bangalore and Kolkata.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran said: “We are leveraging on our vast network in India to offer travelers to and from India increased opportunities to connect to our destinations throughout the Middle East, the Far East and the Indian Ocean region. The new routes would allow more Indian travelers to enjoy the experience of Sri Lanka’s many tourist attractions. The island’s tourism industry has witnessed a tremendous rate of growth in recent years, with over 2 million visitors in 2016, a growth of 14% over the previous year. India, the largest tourism market to Sri Lanka, accounted for 356,729 visitors to the island in 2016, and 110,891 in the first four months of 2017.We are also commencing daily non-stop services to Melbourne from October 29th this year, which will provide rapid connectivity between Australia and key Indian cities in our network.”

Indian travelers would also be able to enjoy seamless connections to the popular island resort nation of the Maldives, where SriLankan is also the largest airline. It is also the only airline operating to Gan Island in the southern part of the island chain, as well as to the capital Male.

The addition of Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore will increase SriLankan’s global route network to 104 cities in 48 countries. As a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, SriLankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its oneworld partner airlines.

Coimbatore will be SriLankan’s fourth major destination in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where it already serves Chennai, Madurai and Trichy. Hyderabad is the capital of southern India's state of Telangana and is a major centre for the country’s technology industry; while Visakhapatnam is a port city and industrial centre in the state of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal.

The flight schedules are as follows:

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Days of operation

Colombo

Hyderabad

0700 hrs (local time)

855 hrs
(local time)

 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Hyderabad

Colombo

0950 hrs
(local time)

1145 hrs
(local time)

 

 

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Days of operation

Colombo

Visakhapatnam

0710 hrs (local time)

0910 hrs
(local time)

 

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Visakhapatnam

Colombo

1010 hrs
(local time)

1215 hrs
(local time)

 

 

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Days of operation

Colombo

Coimbatore

1330 hrs (local time)

1435 hrs
(local time)

 

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Coimbatore

Colombo

1535 hrs
(local time)

1645 hrs
(local time)

 

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Download SriLankan Airlines’ Free Viber sticker pack

Posted on 01 June 2017 by admin

Colombo, June 01 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, continuing to reach out to its followers and fans in Sri Lanka and India, has introduced a range of colorful Viber stickers to increase brand awareness and constantly engage with their fans through Viber with latest news and travel offers. These beautiful stickers can be downloaded for free till July 30, 2017.

 The 36 stickers have captured the most commonly used greetings and expressions exchanged on Viber, and given them a travel and an airline flavor, thereby making them even more exclusive and unique for the senders as well as receivers.

 Commenting on the initiative, SriLankan Airlines General Manager Marketing – Saminda Perera said, “Sri Lanka and India have been two of our focus markets where we continue to strengthen our presence through various initiatives and activations. This is the first time that an airline has launched Viber stickers in these markets and we anticipate a favorable response from our followers. We are the only international airline in India to do so”

 India is considered the biggest Viber market for sticker exchange in South Asia, and with this move, SriLankan Airlines aims to capture the hearts of Indian consumers while providing them the opportunity to share their sentiments through these specially designed stickers. Over 26 Billion stickers were shared on Viber last year with over 5.6 Billion being shared in the South East Asia region. The Airline is aiming to use Viber Public Chat as a prime medium to communicate exclusive offers to both Indian and Sri Lankan customers.

 Currently, SriLankan operates over 100 flights to eleven Indian destinations; which include Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Cochin, New Delhi and Mumbai. From July this year, the Airline will be introducing four additional frequencies to its New Delhi and Mumbai services. Next month, SriLankan will also be adding three more vibrant Indian destination to its global route network, which are, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore.

 SriLankan currently provides connectivity to 101 destinations in 48 countries (including codeshare operations) via its Colombo hub.

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SriLankan Airlines announces initial results 2016/17

Posted on 04 May 2017 by admin

Colombo May 4, 2017: SriLankan Airlines marked year of transformation in its recently ended financial year, carrying the highest number of passengers ever in the airline’s history. Based on draft un-audited accounts, the total operational revenue increased to LKR136.68 billion from LKR129.48 billion in the prior year. However, difficult market conditions resulted the airline to record an un-audited Net group loss (before finance and one-off charges) of LKR6.49 billion (USD15.12 million) for the year. This is an increase from the LKR2.90 billion (USD3.15 million) loss recorded in the prior year – but a significant improvement from the deficit that had been budgeted for the year. The year was profoundly challenging for airlines worldwide, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimating an 8% global decline in air fares in USD terms. Despite these challenging conditions, SriLankan managed to control the decline in its average fares to only 3% in USD terms year-over-year – a satisfactory performance in relation to many leading airlines in the world who have seen significantly higher fare declines.

The depreciation of the Sri Lanka Rupee against the US Dollar had a significant negative impact on the airline, as a majority of costs in the global airline business are USD denominated. The impact of this was further exacerbated by the relatively high price of jet fuel in Colombo, where the largest share of the airline’s fuel uplift takes place. In the face of these challenges, the airline accelerated its cost reduction efforts, enabling a reduction of its Unit Cost (CASK) in USD terms.

During the last quarter of the financial year, the airline’s financial performance was further significantly and adversely affected due to the very necessary runway re-surfacing project at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport – which required the airline to cancel over 600 flights during the period.

A significant improvement in performance was recorded at the airline’s Strategic Business Units – with key performing units such as SriLankan Catering and the ground handling entity recording profit improvements.

The airline successfully completed the integration of Mihin Lanka’s operations into the SriLankan network during the year, marking a seamless transfer conducted in a relatively short time frame. At the end of the year, SriLankan was serving 36 international destinations from its hub in Colombo, with an operating fleet of 24 aircraft.

It has already announced plans to add three new destinations in India from Summer 2017, thereby becoming the largest foreign airline into India by the number of cities served. Meanwhile the primary shareholder, the Government of Sri Lanka, is undertaking an initiative to select a suitable strategic partner for the airline.

 

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SriLankan Cargo honors its agents

Posted on 07 April 2017 by admin

PIC 01: Gold Award Winner – Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd.,
Starting from left Mr Clifford Rodrigo – Cargo Sales Manager – SL Airlines, Mr Siva Ramachandran –Chief Commercial Officer – SL Airlines, Mr Hanif Yusoof – Chairman Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd, Mr Chamara Ranasinghe – Head of Cargo – SL Airlines.

Starting from left- Mr Clifford Rodrigo – Cargo Sales Manager – SL Airlines ,Mr Chamara Ranasinghe – Head of Cargo – SL Airlines , Mr Siva Ramachandran – Chief Commercial Officer – SL Airlines , Dr Upali Ranasinghe – Chairman C.R. Exports (Pvt)Ltd

Starting from left – Mr Clifford Rodrigo – Cargo Sales Manager – SL Airlines, Mr Siva Ramachandran –Chief Commercial Officer – SL Airlines, Mr Dimithri Perera – Country Manager – DHL Keells (Pvt) Ltd, Mr Chamara Ranasinghe – Head of Cargo – SL Airlines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colombo, April 07 2017: SriLankan Cargo, the freight arm of SriLankan Airlines, celebrated the success of Sri Lanka’s cargo fraternity with a gala Agents Awards Night which also felicitated them for their outstanding support for the National Carrier for the period 2015/16. The event was well attended by Sri Lanka’s air cargo industry, with more than 150 prominent members of the industry participating including interline partners.

The winner of the Gold Award – Expo Lanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd – received their award from Siva Ramachandran, Chief Commercial Officer of the SriLankan Airlines. CR Exports (Pvt) Ltd was awarded the Silver, presented by Chamara Ranasinghe, Head of Cargo at SriLankan Airlines. DHL Keells won the Bronze award, which they received from Clifford Rodrigo, Cargo Sales Manager Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Airlines.

Ten more cargo agents received Awards of Appreciation, namely Speedmark Transportation Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Nidro Supply (Pvt) Ltd, Power Freight (Pvt) Ltd, DHL Global Forwarding Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Freight Links International (Pte) Ltd, Abans Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, Aitken Spence Cargo (Pvt) Ltd, Weerasiri Trading Co (Pvt) Ltd, DSV + UTI Pership (Pvt) Ltd, and Alpha Express Colombo (Pvt) Ltd. These were presented by Ajith Fernando, Senior Manager Cargo Revenue Optimisation,Niran Seneviratne Manager Worldwide Cargo Sales & Marketing and Clifford Rodrigo, Cargo Sales Manager Sri Lanka.

SriLankan Cargo (www.srilankancargo.com) plays a crucial role in supporting all areas of Sri Lanka’s economy, including both the export and import sectors, and has a large market share of 24% of air cargo into and out of Sri Lanka. The airline handles all types of general cargo, courier shipments, perishable goods, live animals, dangerous goods, valuables, vehicles, and goods that require special care.

Sri Lanka, the hub station achieved a carriage of 24,100 metric tonnes during 2015/16, and 12,536 metric tonnes of imports. SriLankan Cargo also carries the largest share of transhipment freight through Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport and handled 39,842 metric tonnes of transhipment cargo in 2016.

In addition to carrying freight across SriLankan Airlines’ network of 100 destinations in 47 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe on its sophisticated all-Airbus fleet of A320, A320neo, A321, A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft, SriLankan Cargo also operates an efficient dedicated freighter service to various cities in South Asia.

SriLankan Cargo is also an important revenue generator for the National Carrier, and contributed a significant 11% of the National Carrier’s revenue during the year 2015/16.

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SriLankan Airlines and its customers celebrate BIA’s return to full operations

Posted on 06 April 2017 by admin

Colombo, April 06 2017: SriLankan Airlines celebrated the return to all day operations at its hub Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Thursday April 6, by feting all passengers who arrived on the first flight of the day with traditional Sri Lankan milk rice and sweetmeats.

SriLankan’s CEO, Capt. Suren Ratwatte, the crew of the aircraft and other senior officials of the airline joined in the celebration with the passengers, who arrived from the southern Indian city of Trivandrum on a state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo, the latest aircraft in SriLankan’s modern fleet.

BIA had been partially closed for eight hours per day over the last three months while its runway underwent resurfacing. With the completion of this project, the airport returns to 24 hour operations with immediate effect.

Passengers served with Kiribath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chief executive officer SriLankan Airlines Capt. Suren Ratwatte together with senior officials of the  airlines awaiting  for the arrival of the flight UL1162 from Trivandrum yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SriLankan Airlines to resume normal operations following full reopening of BIA

Posted on 05 April 2017 by admin

Colombo, April 05. 2017: SriLankan Airlines will resume normal operations throughout its global route network from 7th April 2017, following the resumption of full services at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), which had been partially closed for three months while its runway underwent resurfacing.

SriLankan wishes to express its gratitude to all its stakeholders for their patience and assistance during this period, especially its valued customers, all of the airline’s staff who worked tirelessly to limit the inconvenience to passengers, and its partner organisations at BIA.

With effect from Friday, 7th April 2017, passengers may arrive at the airport three hours before scheduled departure time of their flights.

 

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SriLankan Airlines voted the Leading International Airline at Maldives Travel Awards 2016

Posted on 04 December 2016 by admin

 

(From L-R) Mr. Roshan Madurawala, Country Manager – Ace Aviation Services Maldives, GSA of SriLankan Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, Area Manager Maldives Mr. Sujeewa Rodrigo with the award

(From L-R) Mr. Roshan Madurawala, Country Manager – Ace Aviation Services Maldives, GSA of SriLankan Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, Area Manager Maldives Mr. Sujeewa Rodrigo with the award

Colombo November 24, 2016:  Sri Lanka’s National Carrier and oneworld member, SriLankan Airlines bagged the Leading International Airline title yet again at the prestigious Maldives Travel Awards, recently.

Viewed as SriLankan’s extended home market, the Airline currently connects the Maldivian capital to its extensive route network 21 times a week. On December 1, 2016, the Airline will expand its operations to Gan Island of Addu Atoll, becoming the first and the only international Airline to serve the spectacular destination.

SriLankan Airlines, Area Manager Maldives Mr. Sujeewa Rodrigo upon receiving the award, said “We are truly delighted to receive this award yet again. This would not have come at a better time than now, as we add the second Maldivian destination to our connectivity map. As an airline it is our duty to provide our passengers with convenient connections across the globe and an award of this nature is evidence that we have surpassed expectations and made a significant contribution to tourism in the Maldives.” 

The Award ceremony, held at Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives is organized annually by the Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO), with the aim of enhancing service standards of the Maldivian tourism industry.  Every year, the patrons and passengers vote for their most preferred travel and hospitality services providers for the acclaimed titles.

 

 

 

 

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SriLankan Airlines bans ‘Samsung Note 7’ on all aircraft

Posted on 18 October 2016 by admin

UL TodayColombo, October 18, 2016: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has imposed a total ban on the carriage and usage of ‘Samsung Note 7’ on board the SriLankan and Mihin Lanka aircraft with immediate effect.

The ban comes into effect subsequent to the series of incident reported on explosions of the device when connected to power.

With the Airline's prime priority being the safety and well-being of passengers, the Airline took immediate action to advise the passengers against the carriage and usage of the device on board and prepared cabin crew members to assist passengers.

With the imposing of a complete ban the Airline has taken measures to educate the passengers through posters displayed at check-in counters and pre-boarding announcements.
The Airline has also a procedure in place in case a device is found on-board.

 

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