FlySmiLes launches digital membership card

SriLankan Airlines has launched a digital card for the convenience of FlySmiLes members, the airline’s loyalty programme.

Members must download and log into the SriLankan Airlines app to access their digital membership card. While FlySmiLes Silver members will no longer be given the plastic card, Classic, Gold and Platinum members have the option of receiving it in addition to the digital version. This is because unlike the Silver tier, the other membership categories benefit from oneworld partner airline privileges.

SriLankan Airlines’ chief commercial officer, Siva Ramachandran says,  “The FlySmiLes digital card initiative will make the skies greener whilst promoting sustainable and responsible air travel. We are committed to reinvent and enhance the experience of flying SriLankan Airlines – and the launch of the digital FlySmiLes frequent flyer card is yet another initiative towards offering greater convenience and mobility to our passengers.”

When travelling, passengers can simply display their digital membership cards on Apple or Android supported smartphones and tablets.

SriLankan Airlines launched in 1979 and flies to 94 destinations across 44 countries. flysmiles.com 

SriLankan Airlines has launched a digital card for the convenience of FlySmiLes members, the airline’s loyalty programme.

Members must download and log into the SriLankan Airlines app to access their digital membership card. While FlySmiLes Silver members will no longer be given the plastic card, Classic, Gold and Platinum members have the option of receiving it in addition to the digital version. This is because unlike the Silver tier, the other membership categories benefit from oneworld partner airline privileges.

SriLankan Airlines’ chief commercial officer, Siva Ramachandran says,  “The  digital card initiative will make the skies greener whilst promoting sustainable and responsible air travel. We are committed to reinvent and enhance the experience of flying SriLankan Airlines – and the launch of the digital frequent flyer card is yet another initiative towards offering greater convenience and mobility to our passengers.”

When travelling, passengers can simply display their digital membership cards on Apple or Android supported smartphones and tablets.

SriLankan Airlines launched in 1979 and flies to 94 destinations across 44 countries. flysmiles.com 

Sri Lanka to pay US$170m to cancel lease of four A350s

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The Sri Lankan government is set to pay independent aircraft leasing company AerCap Holdings NV US$170 million to cancel a lease for four Airbus A350s, according to a report by Reuters. The lease was originally signed by the previous administration.

Speaking to parliament yesterday, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that state-run Sri Lankan Airlines does not require A350 aircraft, owing to its longest journey being approximately 10 hours. The government also has an order for four other A350 aircraft with Airbus, scheduled to be delivered around 2020, however the future of these orders is unclear.

Sri Lankan Airlines has been struggling financially and while its group net losses of US$113 million for the financial year through March 31 are down from its previous year’s loss of US$215 million, the airline currently has a debt of approximately US$3.25 billion. The carrier last posted a profit in 2009, according to the report.

The current administration has been taking steps to reduce losses by the national carrier, along with attempting to secure a partner to revive the airline.

The government also announced that it will be discontinuing its budget carrier Mihin Lanka, effective October 30, which has also been struggling. As of January 31, the airline had posted an accumulated loss of more than US$116 since its inception in 2007.

Sri Lankan Airlines will be taking over the budget carrier’s 11 routes as part of the restructure, and will operate them as a full-service rather than budget offering.

The cancellation of the A350 aircraft lease follows the airline’s plans to lease four of its own A330 aircraft to Pakistan International Airlines Group, announced earlier this year. The move came after decisions to cancel its long-haul flights to Frankfurt, Paris and Rome, which will terminate over the coming months.

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Sri Lankan Airlines leases A330s to Pakistan International Airlines

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Sri Lankan Airlines is looking to lease four of its Airbus A330 aircraft to Pakistan International Airlines Group.

According to Reuters, Kabir Hashim, Sri Lanka’s minister of public enterprise development said: “A team from the airline is in Pakistan for negotiations. We will lease one A330, latest next month, on wet lease [where we’ll provide crew and maintenance support as well]”

Hashim confirmed that Sri Lankan Airlines will also lease three more A330s “in the next few months” but did not specify the type of lease.

The A330s have predominantly been used on long-haul flights such as those to Frankfurt, Paris and Rome, which the airline is terminating. Flights to Rome have already ended, while those to Frankfurt and Paris will end on October 29 and November 6 respectively.

The move comes just months after the Oneworld carrier chose to cancel its order for four Airbus A350 aircraft. While it still has another four A350s on the books, the airline is in talks with a number of parties to divest the remaining aircraft.

Sri Lankan has made heavy losses, totaling US$3.25 billion, over the past few years and is now looking for an international partner for help.

For more information, visit srilankan.com and piac.com.pk

Clement Huang

SriLankan flies London-Malé direct

UK passengers onboard SriLankan Airlines flying to the Maldives will find that their journey has become more streamlined with the commencement of direct flights between London and Malé, the capital city of the island nation. This is the first service of its kind.

Flights are served by the airline’s long-haul Airbus A340-300 and will take 11 hours. Previously, travellers had to stop over at Colombo before leaving for London and vice versa.

SriLankan introduced the London-Malé service on October 26 and increased the frequency from two to four times a week, departing on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Kaushal Seneviratne, SriLankan’s regional manager UK, Europe and Americas, said: “The Maldives is one of the destinations of choice among holidaymakers in the UK and other European nations, and is a fast-growing market. SriLankan Airlines and Sri Lanka have traditionally had close ties with the Maldives, and we are happy to strengthen this relationship through our new Malé-London service.”

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He Ruiming