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SriLankan Airlines
Founded July 1979
Hubs Bandaranaike International Airport
Member lounge Colombo
Fleet size 14
Destinations 51
Company slogan You're Our World
Headquarters Level 22, East Tower,
World Trade Centre,
Echelon Square,
Colombo 1,
Sri Lanka
Key people Peter Hill (CEO)
Website: http://www.srilankan.aero

SriLankan Airlines Limited (previously known as Air Lanka) is the national airline of Sri Lanka. It operates an Airbus fleet of 14 aircraft to destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. SriLankan's hub is located at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. The airlines trademark phrase is 'You're Our World', and the company's logo features a stylized peacock. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 732 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1084 × 888 pixel, file size: 60 KB, MIME type: image/png) This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is Sri Lankas only international airport. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... For other uses, see Flag carrier (disambiguation). ... Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is Sri Lankas only international airport. ...

SriLankan is not part of an airline alliance. It had a partnership that expired on 2008-03-31[1] with Emirates Airline (which has a stake of 43.6% in SriLankan), a codeshare service with other airlines[citation needed] and is part of the Skywards frequent flyer program. 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Emirates Airline (shortened form: Emirates) (Arabic: طيران الإماراتTayarān al-Imārāt) is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group. ... Code sharing is a business term used in the airline industry for a procedure whereby one airline operates a service using its own flight number, e. ... Skywards Logo Skywards is the frequent flyer program for Emirates and SriLankan Airlines. ...



Air Lanka was set up by the Sri Lankan Government in July 1979 following the closure of Air Ceylon in 1978. It initially operated two Boeing 707s which were leased from Singapore Airlines. During the 1980s, the airline increased the number of destinations it serviced and made additions to its fleet. In 1990 Air Lanka served 26 destinations. In December 1992 the airline purchased its first Airbus A320. Air Ceylon was Sri Lankas (Ceylons) national carrier. ... The Boeing 707 is an American four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPA takes off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Singapore Changi Airport. ...

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

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 would include exclusive rights for all ground handling and airline catering at Bandaranaike International Airport for a ten year period. Emirates bought a 40% stake worth US$70 million (which it later increased to 43.6%) in Air Lanka, and sought to refurbish the airline's image and fleet. The Government retained the majority of the stake in the airline but gave full control to Emirates for investments and management decisions which saw the introduction of Peter Hill as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In 1998, the Air Lanka brand was retired and SriLankan airlines was born. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 526 pixelsFull resolution (1022 × 672 pixel, file size: 136 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 526 pixelsFull resolution (1022 × 672 pixel, file size: 136 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Boeing 747, sometimes nicknamed the Jumbo Jet,[4][5] is a long-haul, widebody commercial airliner manufactured by Boeing in the United States. ... The Emirates Group is a holding company headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ...

SriLankan acquired six Airbus A330-200s to complement its fleet of A340-300 and A320-200 aircraft. The A330-200s joined the airline between October 1999 and July 2000. The company’s fourth A340-300 arrived at Colombo painted in the airline’s new corporate livery. SriLankan also upgraded its existing A340 fleet into a two-class configuration (business and economy) whilst overhauling the interior to reflect the new corporate image.

SriLankan has suffered from environmental problems and acts of terrorism. These have included the SARS outbreak, the 2004 Asian Tsunami, a civil war within Sri Lanka and a terrorist attack which destroyed four aircraft and damaged two, writing off half of its fleet. SriLankan then took the decision to recreate Colombo as a new hub for flights to Asia. An example of this is the expansion into regional markets such as India. It is now the largest foreign carrier into India with 90 flights a week to 10 destinations.-1... Combatants Military of Sri Lanka Indian Peace Keeping Force Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Commanders Junius Richard Jayawardene (1983-89) Ranasinghe Premadasa (1989-93) Dingiri Banda Wijetunge (1993-94) Chandrika Kumaratunga (1994-2005) Mahinda Rajapaksa (2005-present) Velupillai Prabhakaran (1983-present) Strength 111,000[1] 11,000[1] The Sri...

New Lounge at SriLankan's Hub

Whilst continuing expansion in the region, SriLankan also conducts flights to Jeddah, its third destination in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh and Dammam. Jeddah was the airline's 51st destination in 28 countries and increased to nine the number of destinations in the Middle East. Image File history File linksMetadata CMB_UL_Serendib_Lounge_airfield_view. ... Image File history File linksMetadata CMB_UL_Serendib_Lounge_airfield_view. ...

As part of its strategy it has also developed nonstop flights from Male (the Maldives) to London, Paris and Tokyo.

The cabin crew's uniform has remained unchanged since its inauguration with Air Lanka. The stewardesses' uniform is a Kandyan-style saree in green with a peacock feather print. The stewards' uniform is a red/maroon jacket, white shirt and black trousers.

Sri Lankan 'Monara'

SriLankan Airlines corporate logo features the peacock bird ('Monara' in Sinhala) from the mythical Dandumonara Yanthra (flying machine similar to a peacock) built by the mythical king Ravana. A depiction of Ravana, Hindu rakshasa King of Lanka In Hinduism, Ravana (Devanagari: रावण, Telugu: రావణాసురుడు IAST ; sometimes transliterated as Raavana or Ravan or Revana) is the principal antagonist of Rama in the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. ...

SriLankan Airbus 340-300
SriLankan Airbus 340-300

There was much animosity to the name change and new logo, in Sri Lanka and from Sri Lankan expatriates. 'Air Lanka' had proved to be a loved name amongst a large community who did not want it to change. Due to folk lore and superstition, some Sri Lankan's believe that the new Sri Lankan logo, which shows the peacock flying away from the aircraft, would bring misfortune to the airline, as opposed to the old logo, which showed the peacock facing the direction of the aircraft in flight. The Airbus A340 is a long-range four-engined widebody commercial passenger airplane manufactured by EADS (Airbus S.A.S.). It is similar in design to the two-engined A330. ...

SriLankan's CEO, Peter Hill, talked about the new logo in an interview with Travel Weekly¹:

"In order to change the image, it was felt the airline needed a new name that truly reflected the country. So SriLankan Airlines comes with a modern fleet, a new look and an updated Monara (peacock) on the tails of the aircraft. The new logo reflects more graceful and flowing images of today as opposed to the rather angular and square designs of the 70s."


See full article: SriLankan Airlines Destinations The following is a list of destinations served by Sri Lankan Airlines. ...



As of June 2007 SriLankan Airlines has an all Airbus fleet. Emirates Airline has stated that it plans to double SriLankan's fleet in the next five years if the government contract is extended.:[2] Airbus S.A.S. (pronounced in English, in French, and in German) is an aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace concern. ...

SriLankan Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
Routes Notes
Airbus A320-200 5 144 (12/132) Short haul
India and Pakistan, routes
Airbus A330-200 4 287 (12/275) Medium-long haul
South Asia, Mid-East, and Europe; India routes Chennai, Bangalore, and Calicut only
Airbus A340-300 2 313 (18/295) Short-ultra long haul
South Asia, Mid-East, and Europe; India routes, Chennai, Bangalore, and Trivundrum only.
Airbus A340-300 3 314 (18/296) Medium-ultra long haul
South Asia, Mid-East and Europe; and a few Indian routes

The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ... The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity, wide-body, medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ...


The SriLankan Cargo Fleet consists of the following aircraft as of November 2006:[3]

  • 2 Antonov An-12

The SriLankan cargo fleet consists of two all cargo Antonov An-12s. In addition SriLankan carries cargo in the belly hold of its passenger fleet. The Antonov An-12 (NATO reporting name: Cub) is a four-engined turboprop transport aircraft. ...

SriLankan's average fleet age is 7 years as of November 2006.[citation needed]


On board, SriLankan provides an individual video player that includes 18 movies and 22 radio channels (economy class) and over 30 movie titles in different languages (business class). Both classes are given the option of a "Satcom" satellite phone. Satcom also gives the option of calling anyone in another seat free of charge. SriLankan also gives their passengers the opportunity to reserve their meals for travelers who have particular dietary requirements due to medical or religious reasons. Business Class passengers have the option of pre-ordering any of the special meals available.


SriLankan Catering, although a 100% owned subsidiary of SriLankan Airlines, is a standalone operation responsible for its own economic infrastructure, management and profitability. Under the guidance of its chief executive officer, the company’s prime responsibility is the preparation of in-flight meals for SriLankan Airlines. It also caters for a number of foreign airlines, among which are Gulf Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines and Emirates. SriLankan Catering can produce 15,000 meals each day. Gulf Air (Arabic: ) is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. ... Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (國泰航空有限公司 Pinyin (in Mandarin Chinese):Guótài Hángkōng Yŏuxiàn Gōngsī, abbreviated 國泰) is an Asian commercial airline based in Hong Kong. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPA takes off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Singapore Changi Airport. ... Emirates are Islamic territories ruled by Emirs (q. ...


New movies from Hollywood, old classics and some films from India are available on SriLankan Airlines. There are also comedies, dramas, arts, sports and children's TV. The drama and arts section contain stories of current interest, including features on celebrities. There are channels for sport that include highlights of tournaments and that discuss sporting moments. The "Quest" channel provides exploration of the world and documentaries about space and the sea.

CTV is SriLankan's channel for children. It contains programmes such as comedies and cartoons. SriLankan also has 22 radio channels to provide music from around the world. SriLankan's radio channels cover the Euro charts, Golden Era, Classical and Jazz and popular music selections from Sri Lanka, Arabia, India and Japan. 16 new games have been added, including puzzles, playing cards and classic board games. The Arabian Peninsula The Arabian Peninsula is a mainly desert peninsula in Southwest Asia at the junction of Africa and Asia and an important part of the greater Middle East. ...


 FlySmiLes - a frequent flyer programme that rewards and delights 

Introducing FlySmiLes, the frequent flyer programme from SriLankan Airlines, designed to make every journey a happy one. With FlySmiLes you receive:

• Exclusive privileges on SriLankan Airlines flights • Free Miles when you fly with SriLankan Airlines • Benefits that make every journey unforgettable

Earn more Miles with FlySmiLes

Every time you fly with SriLankan Airlines, you accumulate FlySmiLes at the rate of 1 mile per flown.

Miles can be redeemed for any of the following: • Ticket purchases / partial payments • Purchases on our Inflight Duty Free, Serendib Treasures • Purchases on holiday packages from SriLankan Holidays

Silver and Gold FlySmiLes bonuses

When you move up to FlySmiLes Silver membership, you receive a 25% bonus for every mile you fly with SriLankan. As a Gold member, your bonus increases to 50%.

Benefit all the way with FlySmiLes

 Normal Silver Gold Reward Tickets / Upgrades /Other rewards Miles + Cash Pre-assigned seating Priority Check-In - Excess baggage privileges - 12 kg 16 kg Priority baggage delivery - Lounge access - Member Member + 1 Guest Guaranteed seat reservation - - Waitlist priority over non-members Family bonus Retro miles Fast track check-out - - Blackout period to redeem miles - - - Class of travel bonus miles Tier bonus miles - 

FlySmiLes Baggage Bonus

FlySmiLes Members who reach the Silver Tier Level can opt to join the Baggage Plus or Baggage Premier programme. If you travel frequently for trade, this is just the thing for you. In addition to most of the benefits highlighted in ‘benefits all the way with FlySmiLes”, the Baggage Plus members will get an additional 25kgs and Baggage Premier members will get additional 35kgs. FlySmiLes Baggage Premier members will also have access to the airport lounge and guaranteed seating on economy class.

Incidents & Accidents

03 May 1986

  • Location: Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
  • Flight #: UL512
  • Route: London Gatwick - Zurich - Dubai - Colombo - Maldives
  • Aircraft Type: Lockheed L-1011 Tristar
  • Registration: 4R-ULD
  • Aircraft Name: City of Colombo
  • Aboard: 128 (passengers:Unknown crew:Unknown)
  • Fatalities: 14 (passengers:14 crew:0)
  • Summary: 14 passengers were killed when a bomb planted by the terroristLTTE, exploded while the aircraft was on the tarmac. The device had been timed to explode inflight, however, the aircraft had been delayed in boarding and it therefore exploded on the ground. Officials believe the bomb may have been concealed in crates of meat and vegetables being freighted to the Republic of Maldives. Other reports believe that the bomb was hidden in the aircraft's 'Fly Away Kit'.

24 July 2001 LTTE is an acronym or initialism for: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Known for their guerilla warfare forcibly killing every other independent groups aiming for seperate state. ...

  • Location: Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
  • Aircraft Type: Airbus A340-300/A330-200/A320-200
  • Registration:
Destroyed Planes - A320: 4R-ABA, Airbus A330: 4R-ALE and 4R-ALF, A340: 4R-ADD
Damaged Planes - A340: 4R-ADC, A320: 4R-ABB
  • Aboard: 0 (passengers:0 crew:0)
  • Fatalities: 21 (passengers:0 crew:0)
  • Summary: LTTETerrorists launched a suicide attack at Bandaranaike International Airport killing 21 soldiers on the ground. Four aircraft were written off which included an Airbus A340-300 destroyed by an explosive charge and an Airbus A330-200 destroyed by a rocket fired from the control tower. In addition, an A320-200 and an A340-300 were damaged in the assault. There were no deaths.

The Bandaranaike Airport attack was an assault by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Bandaranaike International Airport, on July 24, 2001. ... LTTE is an acronym or initialism for: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Known for their guerilla warfare forcibly killing every other independent groups aiming for seperate state. ...


In March 2003 the Skytrax Research Agency’s worldwide passenger survey voted SriLankan, for the third consecutive year, Best Airline of the Year for Central Asia. In that same year TTG(Asia) voted SriLankan Best Airline in South Asia. In 2001 the UK’s Wanderlust magazine placed SriLankan eighth in its Top Major Airlines travel award category.


  • Sri Lankan Cargo
  • Sri Lankan Catering
  • Sri Lankan Engineering
  • Sri Lankan Holidays
  • Sri Lankan Ground Handling


  1. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named OAG
  2. ^ SriLankan Airlines Fleet Information
  3. ^ SriLankan Cargo Fleet Information

External links

  • Official website
  • SriLankan Cargo
  • SriLankan Holidays
  • Fleet
  • Skywards Frequent Flyer Programme
  • SriLankan Ground Handling
  • SriLankan Food and Beverage
  • SriLankan Entertainment
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