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Portuguese aircraft leased by former Govt. ‘not airworthy’

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The previous government that bought an aircraft on a monthly lease of USD 585,000 from an airline in Portugal is not airworthy as brought to the notice of Civil Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga by trade union leaders yesterday.

The minister inspected the aircraft and instructed the airline authorities to repair it. However, SriLankan Airlines CEO Vipula Gunaratne said repairing had already started.

It transpired at this meeting that the accumulated loss of the airline between 2005 and 2015 stood at Rs.76 billion. However, it had suffered a loss of Rs.119 billion from 2015 to 2019.


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  • Pi-Lot Tuesday, 31 December 2019 10:36 AM

    Ask Cabraal re aircraft from GREECE.

    Lion Tuesday, 31 December 2019 10:44 AM

    Hey look at the new aircraft expect who could evaluate contacts and find faults. Don’t know from where he got these expertise

    ravin Tuesday, 31 December 2019 10:48 AM

    Oh ! good luck for Sri lankan. Now the unions become engineers. Not the aircraft engineers.

    Save UL Tuesday, 31 December 2019 12:24 PM

    Hon Minister, absolutely correct the current CEO, CTO and their henchmen with lies to the board got the aircraft down to Colombo. Please talk to the CAA about the CTO’s actions regarding this and other items.

    Shihan Tuesday, 31 December 2019 12:33 PM

    Ask Suren ratwatte former CEO

    Muthu kesavan Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:49 PM

    Another Blame game to miss lead public . Done by every government came in to power.


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