SriLankan Airlines gets go-ahead to acquire A350s and A330s

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The Sri Lankan government has given approval for its state-owned carrier to acquire new Airbus aircraft, a SriLankan Airlines spokesman confirms.

The approval covers Airbus A350-900s and A330-300s, which will be inducted into the airline's fleet in phases, he adds.

He could not confirm the number of aircraft the airline is looking to order, although local media reports say it will likely be for six A330s and four A350s.

"The government will most likely extend financial assistance, but it's all still at a very early stage of discussions," says the spokesman.

He adds that the order will likely only be made next year.

SriLankan operates a fleet of 21 Airbus aircraft including eight A320s, seven A330s and six A340s. Most of its A330s and A340s were manufactured in the late 1990s and early 2000s.