Sri Lanka, new carrier will fly in February
The name chosen for the company is Spark Air
Another five months and Sri Lanka will be able to benefit from a new carrier. Spark Air is the name chosen for this company which is ready to become operational from February: the start will be under the banner of cargo, before focusing on passenger transport (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). Other details are also known about the airline of the Asian Nation; in particular, two A-330s will be used after having concluded a leasing contract in recent weeks and, according to local media reports, the experience of former employees of other carriers will be useful.
They are SriLankan Airlines pilots foremost, but not only, with the aim of improving Sinhalese aviation. Exact amounts of the investments are not yet known, but they should come from both local and foreign entities. Huge demand for freight was the basis for the establishment of Spark Air; in the minds of managers there are many destinations, not only in Asia, but also in Africa and the European continent. Furthermore, the Colombo government would be more than favorable to this initiative. Among other things, national carrier (the same SriLankan Airlines) is currently not considered able to manage its own fleet (26 aircraft to be precise) and its seven thousand employees.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency