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 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.