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SrLankan Airlines expects fuel savings from AirbusA320NEO aircraft

ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines took delivery of the first of six Airbus A320 variants which will be deployed on short haul routes, which will cut fuel usage and raise service standards on short haul routes, officials said.

SriLankan Airlines Chief executive Suren Ratwatte said six A320 variants will arrive in the next 15 to 18 months.

The airline had ordered two A320NEOs, which can carry about 150 passengers and four A321 aircraft.

Technical manager Dinnaga Padmaperuma said the A320NEO (New Engine Option) will cut fuel use by an estimated 13 to 15 percent.

SriLankan has 25 aircraft in its fleet with the new delivery but two airbuses will be returned to lessors shortly.


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