SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in Company history in December 2017. The air-transport operation of the Company recorded a stand-alone revenue of US Dollar 100.1 million – the first instance in the 38-year history of the airline where monthly operating revenue reached this landmark figure.
Due to numerous News Paper articles and other interested parties who have referred to the J.C. Weliamuna Report time and time again, this response is to put things into perspective, which we hope will clarify the position of the actions taken by the Board of Directors of SriLankan Airlines Limited.
SriLankan Airlines regrets that unforeseen thick ground fog in Abu Dhabi UAE last night (Dec 22) led to the closure f the airport and diversion of UL207 to Al Ain Airport. Due to the inability of accommodating the passengers there and with Abu Dhabi suffering extended delays, the aircraft was repositioned to Muscat. Due to Crew duty time limitations it was forced to stay there overnight.
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, proving its consolidated presence in the Indian Sub-Continent yet again, was awarded the “World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean” title at the World Travel Awards World Ceremony, in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.
Sri Lanka’s National Carrier SriLankan Airlines received yet another accolade for its sophisticated human resources management programme when it was presented a Gold award for the third consecutive year at the SLITAD People Development Awards 2016/17, organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Training and Development.
It is that time of year again, when SriLankan Airlines’ Christmas Carols Service - Christmas on Wings - spreads its warmth and fills the air with Christmas cheer. Being held for the 34th consecutive year, ‘Christmas on Wings’ comprises talented voices from amongst the airline staff and their families, who come together for this charming performance regardless of religion or ethnicity.
‘SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, proving its consolidated presence in the Indian Sub-Continent has been awarded the “World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean” title at the World Travel Awards World Ceremony, in Phu Quoc, Vitenman. Thirteen other leading airlines were nominated for the award.
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.
All trade unions attached to SriLankan Airlines yesterday expressed their solidarity to the management of the Airline, in supporting the restructuring efforts initiated by the Government under the supervision of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) unit attached to the Ministry of Finance.
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 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 Airlines added yet another prestigious award to its impressive list of recent global airline industry accolades when it won the ‘Innovation in Commercial Airline Cabins’ award at the In-flight Asia Pacific Awards in Singapore on 1st November.
SriLankan Airlines became the toast of the region’s airline industry when it was chosen as the ‘Leading International Airline’ at the second annual South Asian Travel Awards 2017, convincingly beating out other airlines from several countries, while SriLankan’s Business Class was named the ‘Best in Class’ among all airline cabin classes in the region.
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier and oneworld member airline, held its monthly draw to select the lucky winner from those who provided feedback by taking part in the international passenger survey.
SriLankan Airlines took yet another decisive step forward in extending its route network with the launch of daily non-stop services to Melbourne on 29th October 2017, providing global travelers with a convenient option to visit Australia and travelers from Down Under the opportunity to travel the world via rapid connections in Colombo.
SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, in view of its operations to Melbourne commencing this month was the title sponsor of the Half Marathon event of the coveted Melbourne Marathon Festival, which marks its 40th anniversary this year.
SriLankan Airlines and the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan have taken an important step forward in combating all forms of child abuse in Sri Lanka with the launch of the ‘Child Friendly Police Station’ project, aimed at protecting child victims and bringing justice for their grievances.
In view of its direct operations between Melbourne and Colombo starting this month, National Carrier, SriLankan Airlines was the title sponsor of the Half Marathon event at the celebrated Melbourne Marathon Festival 2017 which was flagged off today (October 15,2017) . The iconic race that reflects the soul of the city, with its course featuring Melbourne’s architectural marvels, marks its 40th anniversary this year.
With the dawn of the Umrah season this year, SriLankan Airlines facilitated the first group of pilgrims that embarked on their journey to the Holy Land from the Bandaranaike International Airport, recently.
SriLankan Cares, the charity arm of the National Carrier, in collaboration with Galle Face Hotel and Ebert Silva Holidays, celebrated World Children’s Day 2017 on 1st October by hosting a special programme for children from three development homes - Kirillawela Senehasa Deri Sevana Children’s Development Centre, Senarath Gunawardena Children’s Development Centre and Gangodawila Children’s Development Centre.
SriLankan Airlines added another feather to its cap by being honoured with a prestigious Four Star Rating by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in the first ever airline industry rating programme based solely on feedback from passengers.
SriLankan Airlines has entered into a partnership with Booking.com, the world’s largest accommodation website, providing airline passengers the convenience of booking accommodations online along with their flight tickets on the SriLankan Airlines website www.srilankan.com, from 18th September 2017.
The highly skilled and experienced team at SriLankan Catering (SLC) bagged no less than 29 medals (7 Golds, 10 Silvers and 12 Bronzes) at Culinary Art Expo 2017, the premier international exhibition and competition organized by the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka that was held for the 17th time in Colombo recently.
SriLankan Airlines wishes to notify the general public that there is a fake airline survey currently circulating on the internet and social media including messenger apps, mentioning SriLankan Airlines offering free tickets. This is NOT a SriLankan Airlines promotion.
SriLankan Airlines is celebrating its 38th anniversary by giving away one thousand free return air tickets to 14 exciting destinations. The fabulous ‘Partner Flies Free’ promotion, in partnership with Visa, the global leader in payments technology offers exciting value to customers with added benefits for Standard Chartered Bank Visa cardholders.
Human Smuggling, the illegal transfer of people over national boundaries, is a huge problem worldwide. A considerable portion of this illicit traffic takes place through international airports, despite the many stringent measures in place to prevent these activities. Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is no exception, with criminal elements in the region making many attempts to pass passengers bearing incomplete or fraudulent documents through its portals.
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.
Alert cabin crew members aboard SriLankan Airlines’ flight UL 166 managed to avert a major incident that is believed to have been caused by the ignition of a lithium battery pack or mobile phones in a passenger’s hand luggage. The incident reported on July 30, 2017 when the flight was en route to Colombo from Kochi.
SriLankan Airlines recorded an exciting milestone last Sunday as it launched a new four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore. This took SriLankan’s online destination count to 41, the highest ever in Sri Lanka’s aviation history.
SriLankan Airlines is pleased to announce the launch of new services from July 16th to Coimbatore, the second largest city in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, the airline will be offering a four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore, connecting the state’s second largest city to the world through its global route network.
SriLankan Airlines enhanced its services for customers in China with the launch of a local direct-dial number for the airline’s customers throughout China recently, which will connect them directly with Mandarin-speaking customer service staff at its Global Contact Centre.
SriLankan Airlines is pleased announce the launch of new services from today to India’s fourth largest city Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Telangana. Accordingly, the airline will be offering a four-times-a-week service to Hyderabad, connecting the state’s capital to the world through its global route network.
SriLankan Airlines, the largest foreign airline operating to India, is proud to commence operations to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh from today. Accordingly, the airline will be offering a four-times-a-week service to Visakhapatnam connecting the state’s largest city and financial capital to the world through its global route network.
SriLankan Airlines and the SriLankan Aviation College placed Sri Lanka firmly in the centre of the international air travel industry’s focus, with the successful hosting of the industry’s premier annual training-oriented event, the IATA Global Training Partner Conference 2017 in Colombo for the first time.
We refer to the recent media reports stating that the Airline has made 1250 new appointments under the current Board of Directors. SriLankan wishes to state that all such recruitments have been made solely to replace those who have left employment.
Contrary to inaccurate reports in the press, the management of SriLankan Airlines would like to point out that since the Unity government was formed, the airline’s losses have been dramatically reduced. The table below clearly shows this: LKR 91.8 Billion in losses between 2011 & 2015 reduced to a fraction of this colossal number by 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.
SriLankan Airlines will expand its network to Yangon, capital of Myanmar, from 1st June 2017, with the commencement of a codeshare partnership with Myanmar Airways International (MAI), one of Myanmar’s best-known airlines.
SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing October 29th this year.
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.
SriLankan Airlines, which has been widely recognized for many years as a pioneer of environmental conservation in the global airline industry, has achieved the distinction of becoming one of only six airlines worldwide to obtain the prestigious Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) accreditation for its Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme, ‘Flygreen’.
SriLankan Airlines further enhanced its customer service capabilities with more specialized training for its airport service staff at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to serve passengers of all airlines even better.
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.
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier bagged two Awards; Silver Award and a Special Category award for best Employee Engagement at the Human Capital Awards (HCM) SHIFT 2020 held at Cinnamon Grand on March 31, 2017.
Organized by the Association of Human Resources Professionals (HRP) in partnership with the National Human Resource Development Council (NHRDC) and the Society of Human Resource Management, India (SHRM) as the technical partner, the annual HCM Awards strive to provide a platform for private sector entities in Sri Lanka to evaluate the effectiveness of their human resource management (HRM) practices against internationally accepted guidelines.
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 Airlines celebrated Earth Hour on Saturday, 25th March 2017, by providing customers of Semondu Restaurant in Colombo an opportunity to actively participate in this international event aimed at raising awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.
With the outbreak of the swine flu epidemic in the Maldives Islands and its Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) travel advice to the general public to restrict movements, SriLankan Airlines wishes to announce that the airline has activated Communicable Disease Procedures on its flights that are operating in and out of Male. Accordingly the crew will be wearing face masks and will provide a face mask to any passenger who requests one to wear during a flight. These proactive measures have been taken in the best interest of all our passengers and crew. SriLankan Airlines regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers during this period.
SriLankan Airlines, in its continuous effort in expanding business throughout its network, recently made a special arrangement of a leisure cum educational tour to Sri Lanka for students of the University of Lahore.
Dr. (Mrs.) Anoma Jayasinghe, Group Medical Officer of SriLankan Airlines, has become the first Sri Lankan professional in Aviation Medicine to be selected as a Member of the International Academy of Aviation & Space Medicine (IAASM), in recognition of her contribution to this field in Sri Lanka for over a decade.
SriLankan Airlines has commenced the induction of the first of its latest Airbus aircraft. The A320neo arriving today, February 27th will be the first of the A320neo and A321neo family aircraft in its fleet
SriLankan Airlines invites all art enthusiasts and the general public to view ‘Speculo 2017’, National Painting and Visual Art Exhibition that will be held at J.D.A. Perera Gallery on February 24, 25 and 26, 2017 from 8. 30 am to 8 pm.
SriLankan Airlines added yet another accolade when China’s Top Travel magazine named it the Best Airline in South Asia at the 10th Annual Top Travel Awards, recognizing SriLankan’s continuous efforts at expanding travel between China and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan International Airlines flight PK757 on 7th February 2017, an A330-300 aircraft wet-leased from SriLankan Airlines with a SriLankan Airlines operating crew, was en route from Lahore, Pakistan to London Heathrow, when received a request from authorities in London to divert to Stansted Airport due to unspecified information with regard to one passenger.
SriLankan Airlines as part of its efforts to maintain the highest standards as the trademark national carrier has renewed its registration under the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) for the years 2016-2017 in conformity with standards introduced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded SriLankan Airlines the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) renewal Registration, following the successful completion of a comprehensive audit of ground-handling operations at Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB).
Amaya Wijesinghe, the winner of the SriLankan Airlines’ social media contest ‘Go Gan with UL’, received her fabulous prize of two return air tickets to SriLankan’s latest destination, Gan in Maldives and a three night holiday package at Canareef Resort Maldives.
SriLankan Cargo (www.srilankancargo.com), the freight handling arm of SriLankan Airlines, set a new record for the amount of cargo handled at the Cargo Centre of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport with a massive total of 239,636 tonnes in 2016, a remarkable growth of 12.88% over the 212,277 of the previous year.
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier, inviting the country’s talented youth to artistically elaborate their perspective on the Airline, unveils its ultimate creativity inspiring endeavor, “Speculo 2017.” This painting and visual art competition brings together artists across the country, ranging from school children, university students, amateur and professional artists.
The smooth functioning of SriLankan Airlines’ codeshare partnerships in the Western and Central European region contributed in a significant manner to the growth of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in 2016, which expanded by 14% and crossed the 2 million milestone.
SriLankan Airlines is being consistently ranked among the most punctual international airlines, according to an analysis of data over the last five months by the global flight data monitoring organisation Flightstats (www.flightstats.com).
Aerospace Turbine Services & Solutions LLC (TS&S Aerospace), a leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for aircraft engines in the Middle East, has been selected by SriLankan Airlines to service the Trent 700 engine. TS&S Aerospace is the first independent aviation provider to overhaul a Trent 700 engine, offering SriLankan Airlines a bespoke shop visit structure minimizing expense and ensuring compliance with lessor requirements.
Sri Lanka’s National Carrier and oneworld member airline, held a draw to select the lucky winner from the passengers who have taken part in the passenger survey conducted by the Airline to collect their feedback. These comments and feedback inspire the constant service and product enhancements of the Airline. Accordingly, Ms. Mayuri Sri Rohanan, a Team Lead- Commercial of Interpid Group emerged the lucky winner of the draw for the month of July 2016.
SriLankan Airlines was crowned the “World's Leading Airline Operating to the Indian Ocean Region in 2016” at the prestigious 23rd annual World Travel Awards, from among more than a dozen of the finest airlines around the world which were nominated for the award.
SriLankan Airlines will consolidate its traditional positioning as the largest airline operation in the Maldives, by commencing services to Gan Island on 1st December 2016, in the Indian Ocean island nation. Thus SriLankan Airlines will become the only airline to operate international flights to Gan International Airport, with four flights per week.
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.
Ananda College Colombo won the inaugural Colombo Aviation Quiz 2016 from among 20 leading schools and international schools in the Colombo District that contested the country’s first ever quiz on the global aviation industry, organized by SriLankan Aviation College (SLAC).
Honouring its commitment to absorb many as possible of Mihin Lanka employees, SriLankan Airlines recently inducted two batches of Mihin Lanka cabin crew comprising more than 50 employees. The visibly overjoyed young men and women were presented their letters of appointment in Katunayake recently.
SriLankan Airlines gave one of its loyal customers, Peter Phillips of Shropshire, United Kingdom, a delightful surprise by rewarding him for his loyalty to SriLankan Airlines. Accordingly, SriLankan’s frequent flyer programme, FlySmiLes, presented him with a Gold card recently at a surprise ceremony to help him keep visiting his favourite destination of Sri Lanka during his retirement.
SriLankan Airlines is proud to once again facilitate the air travel of the Take Heart Mercy Mission, a team of medical specialists from the United Kingdom who travel to Sri Lanka every year to perform life-saving heart surgery on young children with life-threatening heart defects.
The West Indies ‘A’ Team once again traveled to Sri Lanka aboard SriLankan Airlines’ flight UL 504 from London to Colombo on Friday, 30th September, enjoying the famed caring and warm service in the business class cabin.
“Be Sri Lankan, Fly SriLankan!” campaign - SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier, has launched full-fledged Sinhala and Tamil language options on its website www.srilankan.com to better facilitate the air travel of people throughout Sri Lanka, as part of a new marketing campaign on the theme of ‘Be Sri Lankan, Fly SriLankan’.
Making dreams come true on World Children’s Day - 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 is pleased to announce the launching of 11 new destinations focusing on the Asia-Middle East region, one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world. The launching of the new destinations reflects the airline’s further commitment in strengthening its presence in the region and beyond.
SriLankan Airlines enhanced its position of prominence in South Asia’s corporate sector by winning two prestigious accolades for Human Resources Practices and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Sri Lanka Best Employer Brand Awards and the South Asian Partnership Summit & Business Awards 2016 (SAPS) of the World HRD Congress respectively.
Colombo, August 26. 2016: SriLankan Airlines wishes to advise its valued customers of changes to its schedule over a three-month period commencing from 06th January 2017 to 06th April 2017, due to the closure of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport from 0830 hours to 1630 hours each day for maintenance work on the runway.
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.
SriLankan Airlines introduces thrice weekly non-stop flights from Guangzhou to Colombo from January 2016, on three of its four frequencies, becoming the first airline operating direct flights between Guangzhou and Colombo in the South China market
SriLankan Airlines gained worldwide recognition for its pioneering efforts in environmental conservation when the prestigious Business Traveller magazine ranked it second among airlines in the Asia and Asia-Pacific region for having the lowest carbon footprint.
SriLankan Airlines, the first Asian airline to operate the four-engine Airbus A340 aircraft, will bid goodbye to the last of its A340s after more than two decades in service, with a final commercial flight today, (January 7, 2016)
The SriLankan Aviation College celebrated its first anniversary recently at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, completing a year of impressive achievements and success in airline and travel education.
This year promises to be an interesting one for world aviation. Fuel prices are near historic lows and global demand remains strong. SriLankan Airlines, similar to international carriers world over, has had to respond to this highly competitive market environment by re-evaluating its current operations and re-deploying capacity to more sustainable routes and destinations.