SriLankan Airlines has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to lease up to five Airbus A330s for a six-year period.

The airline is looking at Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330-200s and -300s, with aircraft age up to 15 years at time of delivery. It expects the five aircraft to be delivered from May to November this year.

SriLankan A330-300 in 2015

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A Srilankan A330-300 takes off from Tokyo Narita in 2015

SriLankan adds that it will consider other engine configurations “only if the engines are enrolled in an OEM power-by-hour maintenance agreement – or the lessor agrees to provide substitution engines in-lieu of a shop visit event”.

According to tender documents, the leased aircraft should also be configured in two classes: business class with lie-flat or flat-bed seats, and economy class with in-seat inflight entertainment.

The Oneworld carrier in December issued a separate RFP for the lease of 10 additional aircraft – comprising five A330s and A320s each – and is currently working through the bids.

According to Cirium fleets data, SriLankan has an in-service of 19 Airbus aircraft, comprising 11 A330s, and eight A320 family aircraft.