ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines is getting four replacement engines on July 15 to fix four Airbus aircraft that are now grounded, Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
“With great difficulty we have talked to the engine repairing companies, given the engines, and got four engines that can be used,” Minister de Silva said.
“For that it took six to seven months.”
“Those who repair engines also give priority to airlines that have 100 to 200 aircraft, not to small airlines like ours in a small country. We have to understand that.”
SriLankan Airlines which has lost 1.2 billion US dollars needs a strong partner and the government is now planning to re-structure the airline, Minister de Silva said.
Sri Lankan has 15 aircraft flying at the moment Minister Siripala said.
At least four A320NEO (New Engine Option) family aircraft were grounded over engine problems. Many other airlines had also seen problems with the engines.
SriLankan has a fleet of 22 aircraft. Around 3 are undergoing regular maintenance.
The airline is also facing an exodus of pilots after tax hikes and a currency collapse. (Colombo/June23/2023)