Srilankan Airlines

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SriLankan Airlines
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SriLankan Airlines|
ALK| Callsign
Founded| 1947 (as Air Ceylon)|
Commenced operations| July 1979|
Hubs| * Bandaranaike International Airport * Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport| Focus cities| * Suvarnabhumi Airport(Bangkok) * Kelani River-Peliyagoda Waterdrome (colombo)| Frequent-flyer program| FlySmiLes|

Airport lounge| Serendib Lounge|
Alliance| Oneworld (joining in November 2013)|
Subsidiaries| Mihin Lanka|
Fleet size| 23 (+ 6 Orders)[1][2][3][4][5]|
Destinations| 61 (+13 planned)[4][6]|
Company slogan| You're Our World|
Headquarters| Airline Centre,
Bandaranaike International Airport,,
Katunayake, Sri Lanka[7]|
Key people| Nishantha Wickramasinghe (Chairman)[8]
Kapila Chandrasena (CEO)[8]|

Srilankan Airlines Airbus A320 parked atTiruchirappalli Airport (VOTR) SriLankan Airlines Limited (Sinhala:ශ්‍රී ලන්කන් ගුවන් සේවය, Tamil: சிறீலங்கன் எயர்லைன்ஸ்) (previously known as Air Lanka) is the flag carrier of Sri Lanka. It operates to destinations in Asia and Europe from its base and hub at Bandaranaike International Airport in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The airline's head office is in the Airline Centre, on the grounds of Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka.[9] However in recent times since the Government of Sri Lanka has taken over the authourity of the service, there is a drastic loss of quality in terms of cabin crew service and airport service to passengers. Many passengers have been reported in survey sites complaining about the lack of quality service that it had, specially during the time when Emirates was in charge of the service. Contents  [hide]  * 1 History * 2 Destinations * 3 Hubs and focus cities * 3.1 Hubs * 3.2 Focus cities * 3.3 Codeshare agreements * 4 Fleet * 4.1 Fleet Development Plans * 4.2 Current fleet * 4.3 Orders * 4.4 Retired * 5 Cargo * 6 Sri Lankan AirTaxi * 7 Livery * 8 Cabin * 8.1 Business Class * 8.2 Economy Class * 8.3 Entertainment * 9 SriLankan catering * 10 Frequent flyer programme * 11 Awards and achievements * 12 Incidents and accidents * 12.1 1980s * 12.2 2000s * 13 Subsidiaries * 14 References * 15 External links| -------------------------------------------------

Air Lanka was set up by the Government of Sri Lanka in July 1979 following the closure of Air Ceylon in 1978. Initially, the new air carrier operated 2 Boeing 707 jets on lease from Singapore Airlines, but Air Lanka ended up keeping the Boeing 707s, which were purchased in 1979, while a Boeing 737 was acquired for shorter routes.[10] During the 1980s, the airline increased the number of destinations served and made additions to its fleet. During the mid-1980s the airline operated two Boeing 747-200 aircraft to a number of European destinations. By 1990, Air Lanka was serving 26 destinations. The airline's golden aircraft was the Lockheed L1011 Tristar, which served the airline from 1980 to 2000. In December 1992, the airline purchased its first Airbus A320.

Air Lanka Boeing 747–200 at Basle Airport (1984)

Airlanka's first Airbus A320 4R-ABA. This aircraft was written-off in 2001

Airlanka's Lockheed Tristar

A Boeing 707-312B at Gatwick Airport(1981)
Air Lanka, which was state-owned, was part-privatized to the Dubai-based Emirates Group in 1998, when Emirates and the Sri Lankan Government signed an agreement for a ten-year strategic partnership. This agreement included exclusive rights for all aircraft ground handling...
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