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Pilot new chief executive of SriLankan Airlines

ECONOMYNEXT – Suren Ratwatte, an airline pilot, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier has announced.

Ratwatte, who took over from the outgoing temporary chief executive Rakhita Jayawardena, has over 30 years of experience in the field.

His first appointment was with SriLankan’s predecessor, Air Lanka in 1984 and he then joined Emirates in 1989, where he held several positions, a statement said. 

“With over 18,000 flying hours in a number of different types of aircraft, including the Boeing B-777 and Airbus A380, he has been deeply immersed in airline operations for many years.”

Ratwatte is a holder of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the author of several published works.
He is also a well-known Human Factors researcher and practitioner, having published a number of articles and essays in the field. 

His expertise includes a variety of senior instructional and management roles in airlines, most recently as the Human Factors Manager of Emirates Airlines. (Colombo/Oct15/2015)

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