SriLankan Airlines has taken delivery of its first new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The new long-haul aircraft touched down at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport recently, following a delivery flight from the Airbus factory in Toulouse.
“We have a reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability and punctuality; all of which are qualities reflected in selecting the A330,” said Kapila Chandrasena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines. “The addition of the A330-300 to our family will enable us to drive our offering to new heights.”
The new A330-300 comes equipped with 297 seats in two cabins – 28 in business class and 269 in economy. It is scheduled to enter service on 7 November 2014, operating between Colombo and Tokyo.
SriLankan has been operating Airbus aircraft since 1993 when took delivery of its first A320s and A340s.It now operates an all-Airbus fleet of 23 aircraft.
The A330-300 is the first of six such aircraft SriLankan has on order, with deliveries expected to run until October 2015. Then in 2016 the airline will start taking delivery of eight new A350-900 aircraft.
These new twin-aisle aircraft will gradually replace SriLankan’s older jets, including its A340s.