ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines had violated government procurement guidelines in entering a deal to purchase and lease 14 Airbus aircraft, without making a cost-benefit analysis, the Auditor General has said.
The Company had not adhered to Government Procurement Guidelines in obtaining consultative services for the entire process, selecting companies for purchasing six (06) A 330-300 aircrafts and four (04) A350-900 aircraft, leasing another four (04) A350-900 aircraft…” the AG said in his report on the audited accounts of Sri Lankan.
“The decision for purchasing aircrafts had been taken by the Board of Directors of the Company without obtaining approval of the Cabinet of Ministers and without making a proper cost benefit analysis.”
SriLankan had also paid a sum of 17.058 billion rupees as compensation for revoking leases of four A350-900 aircraft.
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So far 2,528 million rupees (19.21 million dollars) had been paid to Airbus as a pre-delivery fee, the Auditor General said. (SB-Colombo/Nov14/2019)