SriLankan orders new long-haul fleet

SriLankan Airlines has ordered six new A330-300s
SriLankan Airlines has ordered six new A330-300s

SriLankan Airlines has agreed to purchase 10 new long-range aircraft from Airbus.

The national carrier signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) at the Paris Air Show for six A330-300 and four A350-900 aircraft, as it renews its fleet of long-haul aircraft.

“The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330s form the pillar of SriLankan’s long-haul operations,” said Kapila Chandrasena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines. “Adding more new A330s to our fleet, combined with the unbeatable economics the A350 XWB will offer, allows us to achieve a strong economical performance.”

Sri Lankan currently operates seven A330-200s and six A340-300s on its long-haul international routes, and the latest order continues the carrier’s policy of maintaining an all-Airbus fleet (excluding two Twin Otter light aircraft).

“We are grateful of this renewed confidence SriLankan Airlines is placing with us,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer for customers “The winning combination of A330s and A350 XWBs will allow SriLankan Airlines to offer the highest levels of comfort to their passengers while also benefiting from superior efficiency levels at any time.”

The deal is worth approximately US$2.45 billion at list prices, and following the delivery of the new A330-300 aircraft, SriLankan will gradually phase out its older A340s.

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