SriLankan acquires Airbus A320
SriLankan Airlines took delivery of yet another Airbus A320 aircraft,
as it continues to expand its global route network to serve the needs of
the country’s booming travel and tourism industries.
The Airline plans to acquire five more aircraft by the end of 2011,
three of which would be the first brand new ones in 11 years. The newest
arrival swells SriLankan’s fleet to 15 aircraft - four A320s, five
A330s, five A340s, and a De Havilland Twin Otter.
The Sri Lankan Government has identified the tourism industry as a
main catalyst of the country’s economic growth, and President Mahinda
Rajapaksa, in his budget speech made special mention of the contribution
of the country’s aviation industry and the role to be played by
A few months ago, SriLankan unveiled extensive plans for expansion
which include the launch of services to Guangzhou (Canton) in China in
January and other new destinations and the re-launch of its domestic
service SriLankan Air Taxi.