The first of SriLankan's seven latest airliners the new A330-300 aircraft pursuant to an order placed with Airbus, was handed over to the airline at a function in Toulouse on Thursday October 30th attended by Kapila Chandrasena, CEO SriLankan Airlines and Tom Williams, Executive Vice President Programmes, Airbus.
SriLankan Airlines CEO Kapila Chandrasena considers fleet renewal as a key component in the national carrier's initiatives to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
The gradual phase-out over the next two years of its older wide body aircraft which are to be replaced by new the A330-300s and A350s is a step in that direction.
Mr.Chandrasena said, "SriLankan
aims to gradually improve revenues and yields as we go for re-fleeting.
Our product enhancements and membership in oneworld would contribute to these efforts.
Our fleet renewal and route expansions are constantly aligned with the commitment to support the country's rapidly growing tourism industry, whilst keeping in mind the financial requirements of the airline."
added: "We are further able to meet our future capacity requirements with the delivery of the new generation A350-900 wide body aircraft.