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SriLankan Airlines announces initial results 2016/17

Posted on 04 May 2017 by TSL

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 TSL

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 TSL

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.

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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 TSL

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 TSL

 

(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 TSL

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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SriLankan Airlines, Galle Face Hotel and Ebert Silva Holidays join together – Making dreams come true on World Children’s Day

Posted on 10 October 2016 by TSL

childrens-day1Colombo, October 10 2016: Forty children whose parents sacrificed their lives for the nation or became disabled while they were members of the armed forces, were given a very special World Children’s Day indeed, as three pioneering organisations in Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry joined hands once again in a unique corporate social responsibility effort.

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier, Galle Face Hotel, one of the country’s most famous heritage hotels, and Ebert Silva Holidays, a pioneer in travel and tourism, created an undoubtedly unforgettable day for the children and their family members on 1st October, for the second consecutive year.

The day-long event included a ride from Colombo to Katunayake on board Ebert Silva Holidays’ double decker busses, a tour of Bandaranaike International airport with lunch and movies on board an aircraft, and a ride back to Colombo for a sumptuous tea party at Galle Face Hotel.

The day started with the kids gathering at Galle Face Hotel. They then hopped on to two of Ebert Silva Holidays famed red open-deck double deckers, decorated with colourful balloons and ribbons. With the children waving cheerfully to the gathered crowds, the double deckers rumbled out of Galle Face Hotel. It was a thrilling ride with children clapping and singing to music and treats served on board. Threading their way through Colombo’s streets that Saturday morning, they headed to Bandaranaike International Airport where they were greeted by beaming SriLankan staff.

The children received an interesting tour of the airport, experiencing the procedures of checking in as passengers. Then with great excitement the kids boarded a state of the art Airbus A330 and had the treat of viewing a movie of their choice with lunch being served on board by smiling SriLankan staff. The excited kids also had the rare opportunity of getting a view of the cockpit, and airline staff briefed them on various aspects of air travel.

After an unforgettable experience they boarded the double deckers again to return to Colombo. Back at the Galle Face Hotel they were greeted with a welcome drink and cold towels, and a fantastic tea party had been prepared for them to the famed standards of the hotel. There was a sumptuous range of food items in true Galle Face Hotel style, topped off with a magic show and an amazing breakdance performance, both by talented SriLankan Airlines staff members, musical entertainment by a three-piece band, and gifts for all. The spread of food included everything kids love – marshmallows, ice cream, chocolates, pasta, pizza, etc.

A very special moment took place when medals were presented to the children in honour of their parents’ supreme sacrifice. Many of the children’s mothers became very emotional at this demonstration of love and care on behalf of the nation, as it was an acknowledgement of the sacrifice of their husbands.

 

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SriLankan Airlines bans use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note7 for safety reasons

Posted on 15 September 2016 by TSL

UL-LOGO52fe5512e6e22.pngColombo, September 15. 2016: SriLankan Airlines has completely banned the use or charging of Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note7 smartphone on board all its flights with immediate effect until further notice, following Samsung suspending its sales in the wake of several incidents of phone batteries catching fire.

The ban applies to turning on or charging any Samsung Galaxy Note7 on board,or shipping it in checked-in luggage and cargo. Passengers are also being advised of the ban through on-board announcements and notices at airport check-in counters.

Several other airlines and aviation authorities have also announced similar bans. The international Air Transport Association (IATA) of which SriLankan Airlines is a member and United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have also issued directives banning the use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights.

The FAA in a statement said: “In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.”

Samsung has postponed the launch of the Galaxy Note7 in India and a statement on its website said: “In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue. To date there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have delayed sales of Galaxy Note7 in India.”

 

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SriLankan Airlines enters into wet-lease agreement with PIA

Posted on 11 August 2016 by TSL

SriLankan Airlines enters into wet-lease agreement with PIA

COO PIA Bernd Hildenbrand,  re-branded UL flight background.

COO PIA Bernd Hildenbrand,  re-branded UL flight background.

Colombo, August 11 2016: SriLankan Airlines has entered into a “wet lease” agreement with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), owned by the government of Pakistan, whereby an Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be leased by SriLankan to PIA on Aircraft Crew Maintenance & Insurance (ACMI) basis.

This means that the aircraft will remain under SriLankan registry and be flown by SriLankan/s pilots on behalf of PIA, on the “Premier Service” routes between Pakistan and the UK for a period of three months.

The inaugural flight of this operation will take place on 14th August 2016, from Islamabad to London, following a brief ceremony headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. The government of Pakistan and PIA have invited a delegation from Sri Lanka, including Hon. Kabir Hashim the subject Minister for the airline to attend this event.

Currently, SriLankan is in negotiations with PIA with regard to leasing a total of three aircraft on “dry-lease”, without crew, in the coming months. This is part of the company’s “red to black” campaign to bring the airline back to profitability by exploring all commercially viable avenues.

 

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SriLankan Airlines continues to re-structure and review its network

Posted on 27 June 2016 by TSL

 

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Colombo June 27, 2016: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, will be suspending its operations to Paris and Frankfurt, from winter 2016.  Accordingly, the last flights between Frankfurt and Colombo (UL 553/554) will be operated on October 30, while UL 563/564 of November 6, 2016 will conclude the operations between Paris and Colombo.

The Government of Sri Lanka has made it clear that it will no longer fund continuing losses. Airline sources said that the route network is being continuously evaluated in the context of changing market dynamics in order to maximize on sustainable routes which bring in more contribution towards the bottom line.

While the drop in fuel prices has contributed to the airline’s improved performance, this benefit has been significantly eroded with the airline’s revenues declining for the F/Y ending 2015/16 compared to the previous year. Addition of capacity to the Colombo market particularly by Middle Eastern carriers, accompanied by a drop in airfares in European markets has seen the contribution of the European network drop in comparison to the other routes. This has been further exacerbated by the depreciation of the Euro against the Dollar. Airline sources further stated that there were no short term signs of recovery in yields.

SriLankan operates daily flights to both Doha and Abu Dhabi and has a strong code share relationship with Etihad and Qatar through which it will continue  to provide onward connectivity to the European destinations it has been serving via Paris and Frankfurt.

London will remain the Airline’s gateway to Europe, where the Airline has deployed its state-of-the-art A330-300 fleet for daily non-stop operations, providing a greater comfort and an enhanced flying experience to its passengers.

The Indian Sub-continent, the Middle East and the Far East will remain SriLankan’s focal markets, where the Airline will continue to explore its potential for expansion.

 

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