July 23, 2008

Sri Lanka’s National Airline to Upgrade Its Fleet

Sri Lanka's national airline to upgrade its fleet

COLOMBO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines is to upgrade its fleet by acquiring more aircraft, an airline statement said here Tuesday.

"The airline is moving ahead with its plans for the future which include acquiring four more Airbus A320 aircraft to replace four ageing aircraft in the fleet by the end of 2008," said the statement.

The airline currently has a fleet of 14 aircraft, all are Airbus A320s, 330s and 340s.

The Sri Lankan government took back the management of the airline in April from Emirates airlines who held a ten-year management contract.

In a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebel attack in July 2001, the airline had lost half of its fleet.

The rebels have been fighting for a separate state for the minority Tamil community in the island's Northern and Eastern Provinces since 1983.

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