Eleven new flyers for SriLankan
The young flyers with SriLankan
Airlines management team. From left: Flight Operations Head
Capt. Navin de Silva, Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe and
Chief Executive Officer Manoj Gunawardena.
Eleven young Sri Lankans have qualified to join the ranks of
SriLankan Airlines' pilots, upon completion of a rigorous training
programme by the national carrier. SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha
Wickremasinghe said, "These young pilots are joining at a time when our
national carrier is transforming itself to meet the expectations of our
country and serve as a catalyst for our nation's economic growth now
that we have permanent peace."
The 11 young pilots, who include four former flyers of the Sri Lanka
Air Force, received their wings and epaulettes in a ceremony recently in
Katunayake which was attended by Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air
Marshal Harsha Abeywickrema, the Civil Aviation Director General
Nimalsiri, SriLankan Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe and CEO Manoj
Civil Aviation Director General Nimalsiri said, "SriLankan Airlines
is the finest aviation training organization in Sri Lanka, which grooms
these youngsters to understand the responsibility that they must bear.
SriLankan is also the largest contributor by far to aviation in Sri
Lanka and carries over 50 percent of travellers in to and out of the
country, with an excellent safety record over the years."
The airline's Cadet Pilot Training Programme has a strong reputation
internationally for its high standard. Selection for the programme is
extremely competitive, and every Cadet Pilot is regularly tested during
the year and a half of training. Cadet Pilots undergo a programme which
includes flying training, simulator training overseas, hands-on aircraft
engineering work at the airline's base in Katunayake, and classroom
The airline now has a global route network of 51 destinations in 32
countries, with the recent addition of Kochi in India and Guangzhou in
China. It is planning to launch services to Moscow later this year.