SriLankan Airlines opts for A330’s and A350 XWB’s

A350-900_RR_ALK_SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, has signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) for six A330-300s and four A350-900s.  The airline, an all Airbus operator, has chosen the A330 and the latest generation A350 XWB aircraft as part of its long-haul fleet renewal.
Kapila Chandrasena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines commented: “The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330s form the pillar of SriLankan’s long haul operations.  Adding more new A330’s to our fleet, combined with the unbeatable economics the A350 XWB will offer, allows us to achieve a strong economical performance.”
John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, responded by saying: “We are grateful for this renewed confidence SriLankan Airlines is placing with us,
“The winning combination of A330’s and A350 XWB’s will allow SriLankan Airlines to offer the highest levels of comfort to their passengers while also benefitting from superior efficiency levels at any time.”
Airbus aircraft share cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.