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Mattala International Airport : Dream or reality ?

The Sri Lankan government is now planning to build the country’s second international airport in Mattala area of Hambantota, near to the hometown of the now President. Although it is really good to have a second airport, the ultimate question is – will this be really built ? The government had previously allocated an area…
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Mihin Lanka plans to start Kuwait flights

Mihin Lanka ( IATA : MJ ) is planning to start flights to Kuwait City ( KWI) . The tentative schedule is provided below. MJ403 CMB-DXB-KWI 1310-1630-1730-1815 246 EQ Unknown MJ404 KWI-DXB-CMB 1915-2145-2245-0445+1 246 EQ Unknown The airline probably must have taken delivery of another aircraft for this flight to be operated. Note that the…
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EXCLUSIVE : SriLankan Winter Update

SriLankan Airlines A330 on approach to Zurich, one of the axed destinations in recent past Photo copyright PixAir SriLankan has made the following changes to its Winter timetable. UL505/6 on day 1, 4 cancelled Morning LON flt. on 2,6,7 will operate via AUH as follows 511/2 CMB-AUH-LHR-AUH-CMB 0010-0315AUH0415-0900 LHR 1040-2045 AUH 2145- 0340+1 2,6,7 EQV…
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Oman Air to start Colombo flights

Oman Air, CMB, MCT

SriLankan 4R-ABE now with Mihin Lanka

SriLankan Airlines aircraft, 4R-ABE, is now with Mihin Lanka. Since the wet-leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft’s lease period ended ( with no good use of this brand new aircraft taken, thanks to delays in obtaining approval by management ), the government had asked SriLankan ( UL ) to allocate an aircraft to Mihin ( MJ ).…
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SriLankan Airlines Summer Update

With effect from April 2009, SriLankan has cancelled following destinations. Goa, Hyderabad, Calicut, Kochi, Coimbatore The destinations will be moved to Mihin Lanka with route rights and aircraft and crew will be provided courtesy of SriLankan. SriLankan has already allocated an A320-200 aircraft for this and insiders suggest that the transaction will probably take place…
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Kingfisher is voted Best Airline Central Asia

Kingfisher Airlines of India was voted as the Central Asia’s ( incl. South Asia ) best airline, an honour that SriLankan Airlines has been holding for many consecutive years, at the annual World Airline Awards by Skytrax on 4th April at Hamburg, Germany. Cathay Pacific was voted the Best World Airline while AirAsia made it…
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Turkish Airlines 737-800 Crashes on Approach to Amsterdam

BREAKING : Turkish Airlines TK1951 737-800 with a pax load of 135 has crashed while on approach to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport ( AMS ). Reports say and as seen on the above capture from Sky News, the plane has crashed to three parts. All flight movements at AMS have been suspended at the moment

V Australia takes delivery of first 777

V Australia has finally taken delivery of their first 777, a 777-300ER . The aircraft was delayed in a few months due to the mechanics strike at Boeing. ( Photo copyright NwAviation ) SEATTLE, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE:BA) and the Virgin Group’s new V Australia long-haul airline today celebrated the first 777-300ER to…
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777F Certified by FAA

EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The newest member of the Boeing (NYSE:BA) 777 family, the 777 Freighter, today received its formal stamp of approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA validated the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Feb. 3 type certification of the 777 Freighter.The certification formally recognizes that the 777 Freighter…
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