SriLankan adds A330 on lease

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SriLankan Airlines has added a sixth Airbus A330-200 aircraft to its fleet.

The A330-200 is a 2004-vintage aircraft powered by Trent 772B-60 engines. The 2004-vintage ex-Yemenia aircraft was leased from ILFC.

The carrier currently operates a fleet of six A340-300s, five A330-200s, seven A320s and two Bombardier twin otter aircraft. It recently added two new Airbus A320s on 12-year operating leases from Air Lease Corporation.

Last month SriLankan Airlines said it was looking to add six new widebodies as part of a plan to double its fleet during the next five years, and is considering the Airbus A330-300 and the Boeing 777 models.

Speaking to Flightglobal's Airline Business Daily at the World Route Development Forum in Berlin last month, SriLankan's newly-appointed chief executive Kapila Chandrasena said the carrier wants to replace its Airbus A340-300s, with deliveries beginning in 2014.

Its fleet renewal will be partly funded by a $500 million equity injection from the Sri Lankan government, which owns the airline.