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SriLankan to start non-stop Karachi

From 18 Jan, SriLankan will make its Karachi service nonstop bypassing Mumbai. The service will be reduced from 3 to 2 weekly . Flight details : UL183 1430CMB 1750KHI 320 UL184 1850KHI 2250CMB 320 Service operates on day 3 and 7 ( Wednesday and Sunday ) . [ Via Airline-route updates ] Analysis: Moving onto…
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AirAsia to Launch Sri Lanka Soon !

( Photo by Amazing AirAsia ) Asia’s most popular low-cost carrier, AirAsia, is interested in launching ops to Colombo. Although nothing is concrete yet, if everything goes well, it is almost certain that they’ll launch Colombo flights next year in accordance with their expansion into India. Expect some sensational price war next year !

Mihin Lanka website relaunched, service resumption confirmed

Mihin Lanka ( MJ ) has relaunched its website with a revamped look and the resumption of services in finally confirmed now. The airline has now settled the overflying problems with India and would be resuming ops sometime in the first week of January. The website states as they would be operating a daily flight…
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Why Should Sri Lanka abolish Weerawila and Develop Trinco and Jaffna airports instead

The Sri Lankan goverment ( GoSL ), laid the foundation stone for a new airport to be built at Weerawila, in the Southern Province, in 2006 which was slated to be completed by 2009 and of which constructions are yet to begin . One of the main reasons for the delay has been the protests…
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Mihin Lanka receives First Aircraft, Postpones Launch

Mihin Lanka has received its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, on a three month lease from Transavia of France. About the aircraft : The registration is F-GZHE ( as I had already predicted ), a Boeing 737-8K2, pictured above. Type : 737-800 ( sub version 8K2, refering to the original owner ) Configuration : 186…
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Why Should SriLankan Add A330-300s to its fleet

The airline business is currently in deteriorating conditions and it is understandable that an airline cannot commit to any large scale expansions. But SriLankan’s ( IATA: UL ) long-haul network and fleet appears to be in desperate need of an expansion since a long time and UL could use the current market conditions for its…
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SriLankan’s Re-fleeting Exercise

SriLankan Airlines ( UL ) has started refleeting its fleet with replacing older Airbus A320s with newer machines. The first of which, arrived at Colombo International ( CMB ) on 30th Nov, 2008 . The first aircraft to join the fleet, an Airbus A320-200, was acquired on a three year lease from AWAS of Ireland…
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Mihin Lanka to lease 737-800

It was recently reported that Mihin Lanka ( IATA : MJ ), under the management of Raja Edirisuriya, would resume operations to Dubai, MalĂ© and Trivandrum from December 15th with a Boeing 737-800 leased from French lessor. According to a recent article in The Island, a Sri Lankan newspaper, the 737 is just four months…
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SriLankan to resume Rome flights

SriLankan Airlines ( IATA : UL ) would recommence its flights to Rome from December this year, after a break of almost seven years. The new flights would route onwards to Paris, thus making the Paris flight one-stop, instead of the Rome – Milan flight previously operated. The flight, UL563/4 would operate on CMB-FCO-CDG-FCO-CMB routing…
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Photos of the Week

The Photo of the Week feature was almost a week delayed this week. So I thought of bringing you two photos this week. The following photo of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 was taken by Fencer-1. He thinks that the photo does not look so good due to the bad weather at the time, but, to…
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