Aercap leases unusable aircraft to SriLankan Airlines
Friday January 18, 2019 14:40
ECONOMYNEXT – Aercap leased an unusable A330 aircraft to state-run SriLankan Airlines as part of a deal reached in 2017 with the then management, which the carrier said it was then forced to sub-lease to another airline.
The A330-200 aircraft was leased as part of a settlement involving the cancellation of A350-900 aircraft, which the airline also decided it could not use.
The A330-200 made in 2009, was unusable as there was not enough space between business class seats, the airline said.
The aircraft had been sub-leased to a European airline which had defaulted on payments. SriLankan Airlines engineering division also had to make the aircraft ready to fly, the statement said.
SriLankan was trying to find another airline to sub-lease the aircraft. In the meantime one of its engines had been removed and fitted to another in the fleet, whose engine required maintenance, the airline said.
The current management says it was not involved in ordering the A350 aircraft which were cancelled or leasing unsuitable A330 in its place.
The payment of penalties of around 100 million US dollars to Aercap had raised controversy at the time. (Colombo/Jan18/2018)