SriLankan Airlines plans to lease up to 11 Embraer E2 or A220 jets

Flag carrier airline issued a Request for Proposals to incorporate up to 42 new aircraft

SriLankan Airlines, the flag carrier of Sri Lanka, intends to undertake an extensive renovation and expansion of its aircraft fleet.

To that end, the carrier has issued a Request for Proposals divided into four subgroups. Among the orders are the leasing of up to 11 A320 family aircraft, both Neos or Ceos.

Another 11 single-aisle aircraft are planned between Embraer’s E2 (E190-E2 or E195-E2) and Airbus A220 (-100 or -300) models. Deliveries of leased aircraft are expected to take place between December 2022 and April 2025, with a lease term of six years. The airline currently has seven A320s and five A321s, six of them of the Neo variant.

SriLankan also aims to strengthen its long-haul fleet. The requirement provides for the leasing of up to ten A330-200s or A330-300s, provided they are less than 15 years old.

Another ten widebodies will be selected from Airbus’ A330-800, A330-900 and A350-900, or Boeing’s 787-9 and 787-10.

E190-E2 (Embraer)

Suspected corruption

SriLankan announced its fleet renewal plan amid accusations that the order for four A350-900s with Airbus involved the payment of bribes by the European planemaker.

The airline has been trying to cancel the order for several years and asked Airbus for a $1 billion refund last year.


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