Sorry State of Affairs
The latest now due to the CEOs inexperience and mismanagement is that the Ailrine has been forced to pay 12,000 USD per day as penalty charges to Interglobe Aviation for the delay of Re-Delivery of its Airbus A320 registered under 4R-ABK which is still lying at the Colombo 747 Hangar. Interglobe Aviation is the next Lessee. This was due to serious maintenance mistakes by SriLankan Engineering and also violating the EASA 145 regulations. As per the sources, SriLankan Airlines is already liable for 62 days which 12,000 USD x 62 and no defined date fixed yet, for the re-delivery.
In another tragic case of mismanagement EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) has decided to suspend it’s approval for SriLankan Airlines due to serious audit finding at SriLankan Airlines. As per our source there were several very serious Level 1 findings which show the Airline has violated the rules set by EASA.
This decision according to a senior Captain will severally affect the Airline, which is already a loss making white elephant.All maintenance activities will now be compelled to be outsourced to nearby countries. Already 4R-ALA A330-200 Airbus is in Indonesia at the Garuda maintenance facility. SriLankan is paying USD 95,000.00 per aircraft only for Labour charges, excluding material costs. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for the Airline and the Taxpayers with the current CEO and the Board and sadly due to the inaction of the Prime Minister.