Air Lanka was set up by the Government of Sri Lanka in July 1979 following the closure of Air Ceylon in 1978. During the 1980s, the airline increased the number of destinations served and made additions to its fleet. Air Lanka, which was state-owned, was part-privatized to the Dubai-based Emirates Group in 1998, when Emirates and the Sri Lankan Government signed an agreement for a ten-year strategic partnership. The Government retained a majority stake in the airline, but gave full control to Emirates for investment and management decisions. In 1998, the Air Lanka brand was abandoned, and SriLankan Airlines was born. In the early 1990s the airline had its headquarters in Colombo.
SriLankan Airlines has been affected by environmental problems and acts of terrorism. This has included the SARS outbreak, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the Sri Lankan Civil War, and a terrorist attack on Bandaranaike International Airport.
Emirates sold its 43.63% stake in the airline to the Government of Sri Lanka in a deal that was finalised in 2010, thus ending any affiliations the two airlines had with each other. SriLankan Airlines is a holder of the Imperial Mark, which is valid until May 2014. The airline is also keen to join an airline alliance, either Oneworld or Star Alliance.
About the airline
SriLankan Airlines Limited (previously known as Air Lanka) is the flag carrier of Sri Lanka. It operates from its base and hub at Bandaranaike International Airport in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The airline"s head office is in the Airline Centre, on the grounds of Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka.
SriLankan Airlines serves 61 destinations in 35 countries, and remains the largest foreign carrier into the Maldives, with at least 38 weekly flights between Male and Colombo. The airline is also considering Gan as a destination whitin two months.
Its current fleet consists of 8 Airbus A320-200, 7 Airbus A330-200, 6 Airbus A340-300 and 2 DHC-6-100.
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The cheapest flights offered by SriLankan Airlines is for the route Flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Tiruchchirappalli to Bangkok which takes 20h 0m.
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