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SriLankan Airlines clarifies drinking water supply tender

The SriLankan Airlines while clarifying the claims with regard to the purchase of drinking water for passengers on Thursday said the airline, being a state-owned entity, followed the Government Procurement Guidelines and placed a tender notice in local newspapers on May 6 and 7 calling for bids from local companies and overseas to supply pre-cupped water, a media release issued by the SriLankan Airlines said.

“No offer to provide pre-cupped water manufactured in Sri Lanka was received for these advertisements. Bids were received from UAE-based companies and one from a Sri Lanka-based company that offered to provide water from Malaysia.”

The airline, in a statement said, the company then contacted several other water suppliers in Sri Lanka, but none expressed interest, mainly due to the reason that they did not have the required item of pre-cupped water among their products.

Full statement:

The SriLankan Airlines wishes to clarify an erroneous news item with regard to the purchase of drinking water for its passengers. The correct facts are as follows. Due to the extensive time taken by cabin crew members to physically pour and serve water to all passengers on flights operating on short sectors, most airlines serve either bottled water or pre-cupped water. The size of a cup is dictated by the specifications of the meal tray used onboard, and the half-sized meal tray used on SriLankan’s narrow-body fleet, which serve mainly the Middle East and some parts of the Far East, requires a cup of particular dimension to be available.

SriLankan Airlines placed a tender notice in Sri Lankan newspapers on May 6 and 7, 2018, calling for bids from companies in Sri Lanka and overseas to supply the specified item. No offer to provide pre-cupped water manufactured in Sri Lanka was received for these advertisements. Bids were received from UAE-based companies and one from a Sri Lanka-based company that offered to provide water from Malaysia.

Desirous of providing patronage to Sri Lankan suppliers, the airline then contacted several other water suppliers in Sri Lanka, but none expressed interest, mainly due to the reason that they did not have the required item of pre-cupped water among their products. Therefore, one of the UAE-based suppliers was shortlisted as having submitted the most competitive bid and the selection was approved by the relevant procurement authority. The cost per pre-cupped water was AED 0.16146, or LKR 6.96 at the applicable exchange rate at the time. Thus, the allegation of purchasing pre-cupped water at the rate of USD 7.80 is incorrect.

SriLankan Airlines being a socially responsible organisation has been implementing many green initiatives to minimize damage to the environment and the reduction of the usage of plastics on board is one such initiative. A decision was taken by the management to discontinue pre-cupped water once the stocks in hand were exhausted.


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