Oct 07, Los Angeles: International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) announced today that it has signed a 12-year lease agreement with Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines for three A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft will support the airline's long-haul fleet renewal.
According to SriLankan Chief Executive Officer Kapila Chandrasena, the national carrier has placed direct orders for four additional A350-900 aircraft with the Airbus and ILFC is providing the first three aircraft. This is the first time the A350 family aircraft entering the SriLankan fleet.
"This would be the first time the A350 family aircraft will enter our fleet, and it marks a significant step towards the growth of the airline," Chandrasena said.
"We believe that this new generation, fuel-efficient aircraft will play a leading role in the airline's long-haul operations in time to come," he added.
The SriLankan CEO said the carrier is looking forward to building on the strong ties it has established with ILFC.
ILFC Chief Executive Officer Henri Courpron said the firm values its strong and important relationship with SriLankan.
"We look forward to contributing to SriLankan's fleet renewal and its continued success. We believe these aircraft will provide valuable flexibility and efficient performance for the airline's long-haul operations," Courpron said.
The A350-900s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 and are part of an operating lease Agreement. The firm anticipates a delivery timeline between July and September 2016.
ILFC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., currently has two A330-200s and one A340-300 on lease with SriLankan.