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Air Lanka was set up by the Government of Sri Lanka in July 1979 following the closure of Air Ceylon in 1978. Initially, the new air carrier operated two Boeing 707 jets on lease from Singapore Airlines but Air Lanka never returned the Boeing 707s, which were purchased in 1979, while a Boeing 737 was acquired for shorter routes. During the 1980s, the airline increased the number of destinations served and made additions to its fleet. By 1990, Air Lanka served 26 destinations. In December 1992, the airline purchased its first Airbus A320.


Air Lanka, which was state owned, was part-privatized in 1998 when Emirates and the Sri Lankan Government signed an agreement for a ten-year strategic partnership. This agreement included exclusive rights for all aircraft ground handling and airline catering at Colombo-Bandaranaike airport for a ten-year period. Emirates bought a 40% stake worth US$70 million (which it later increased to 43.6%) in Air Lanka, and sought to refurbish the airline's image and fleet. The Government retained a majority stake in the airline but gave full control to Emirates for investment and management decisions. In 1998, the Air Lanka brand was abandoned and SriLankan Airlines was born. The agreement was terminated in 2008 and SriLankan Airlines operates independently.

 

 

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AIR LANKA ROUTE NETWORK 1985/86

JOURNEY THROUGH THE MEMORABLE HISTORY OF AIR LANKA

AIR LANKA LTD. 1979 – 1999

එයා ලංකා ගුවන් සේවය - පාරාදීසියේ සුන්දරත්වයෙන්...

END OF AN ERA

NEW ERA IS DAWNING WITH AIRBUS

JETLINERS THAT MADE THE HISTORY OF AIR LANKA

COLOMBO AIRPORT, KATUNAYAKA - THEN & NOW

 

   

 

Air Lanka Route Network1985/86

The following is Air Lanka’s Winter 1985/86 Operation, taken from Official Airline Guide – Worldwide Edition, JAN 1986.

The airline operated a fleet of Boeing 737, Boeing 747 and Lockheed L1011 TriStar.


Route map 1985

 

Routes Eastbound Frequency Aircraft Flight Number
Colombo – Bangkok – Hong Kong 2 L1011 UL422/423
Colombo – Bombay 1 B737 UL141/142
Colombo – Bombay – Karachi 2 B737 UL181/182
Colombo – Hong Kong – Tokyo 1 L1011 UL452/453
Colombo – Kuala Lumpur 1 L1011 UL314/315
Colombo – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore 1 B747 UL312/313
Colombo – Madras 4 B737 UL121/122
Colombo – Male 4/3 L1011/B737 UL101/102
Colombo – Singapore 1 L1011 UL302/303
Colombo – Singapore – Tokyo 1 L1011 UL454/455
Colombo – Trichinapally 3 B737 UL131/132
Colombo – Trivandrum 4 B737 UL161/162
Routes Westbound Frequency Aircraft Flight Number
Colombo – Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam – Copenhagen 1 L1011 UL591/592
Colombo – Abu Dhabi – Paris CDG – Amsterdam 1 B747 UL563/564
Colombo – Bahrain – Kuwait 2 B747 UL221/222
Colombo – Dhahran 2 L1011 UL261/262
Colombo – Dubai – Zurich – London Gatwick 3 L1011 UL511/512
Colombo – Muscat – Dubai 1 L1011 UL207/208
Colombo – Rome – Frankfurt – Paris CDG 1 B747 UL537/538
Colombo – Vienna – Frankfurt – Paris CDG 1 B747 UL523/524

 


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