SriLankan Airlines CEO Suren Ratwatte said his airline
is planning to review an existing widebody order with Airbus to incorporate
more suitable narrowbody jets instead.
“However we must re-look at the aircraft order since the order is for
wide-bodied aircraft that could carry more passengers," he said.
"What SriLankan currently needs is narrow-bodied aircraft,
that could be easily filled with passengers.”
The state-backed carrier inked a firm order agreement with Airbus for
4 A350-900s and 6 A330-300s in 2013.
The deal, however, is now subject to a government inquiry
after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed there had been irregularities
in its flotation.
As part of its Red-to-Black restructuring programme, SriLankan is expected to
shift focus away from longhaul operations in Europe and Australia and focus
instead on the growing Chinese and Indian markets.
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Based on the article “SriLankan planning to revise Airbus
order” published in ch-aviation