25 December 2015

SriLankan order of 4 A350-900s could be modified.

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.

 All pictures. Source: Maew Spotter

Based on the article “SriLankan planning to revise Airbus order” published in ch-aviation 

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