6 July, 2022

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Government Hunts For Foreign Airline To Lift SriLankan

In an effort to get the country’s national carrier, SriLankan out of it’s current financial catastrophe, the government is looking at the possibility of tying up with a foreign airline in an effort to help better manage SriLankan airlines and convert it into a profit making venture.

State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe

State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe

State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe said that drastic measures were necessary to safeguard the future of the country, and to ensure that the airline will not continue to make losses.

“SriLankan is a huge problem for us, so we are looking at collaborating with a foreign carrier, to convert the loss making carrier into a profit making enterprise,” Senasinghe said.

The minister said that the national carrier was a profit making enterprise till 2008 when it was under the Emirates management, until former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his own reasons worked in a manner which led to Emirates pulling out of the agreement with SriLankan, after which the airline took a nosedive which has led to the current crisis.

Meanwhile, Minister of Special Assignments, Dr. Sarath Amunugama categorized SriLankan airlines as one of the top 10 worst-managed state enterprises in the world. He made this statement at a seminar held on Thursday.

In March, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that SriLankan airlines had run into a huge debt amounting to US $ 1 billion and within six weeks the government will decide the future course of action to address the issue facing the national carrier. (By Munza Mushtaq © Colombo Telegraph)

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  • 18
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    I am sure there would be a queue of potential foreign investors, provided they are allowed to manage the airline as a commercial venture, but not as a private and family taxi service for government ministers and their hangers on, sundry employees, and dog pick up service for some people. Hopefully they would also ditch Himin Lanka and pass on their back to its original owner from the South, before saddling its liabilities on Public Treasury & SLKan

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      State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe

      Given what happened with Emirates, it has to be a Commercial Business , not a Political business at the expense of the People.

      Just get a partner, and make move on. Some profit is better than continuing loss.

      Learn from the previous mistakes.

    • 2
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      With the demise of the LTTE Sri Lankan Airlines is suffering.

      There are no more terrorism and as a result no more insurance claims for Sri Lankan Airlines to make profit.

      The new govt must get rid of Minhin Airways by merging with the Sri Lankan.

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        “With the demise of the LTTE Sri Lankan Airlines is suffering. There are no more terrorism and as a result no more insurance claims for Sri Lankan Airlines to make profit. “

        I understand the Sri Lankan Govt is assuring prospective international partners that LTTE will be revived and also giving an underwriting that occasional terrorist attacks to destroy planes without loss of civilian lives.

        I also understand Tamil diaspora groups are now working closely with prominent airline operator to fund them to take over Sri Lankan airlines.

        This is called a double whammy.

    • 1
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      Thrishu – You made an appropriate comment . Which ever airline, that gets the contract to run our airline, should first and foremost, get
      President’s consent in writing that they will be answerable only to the President mainly and may be to the aviation minster as well and nobody else.The President in return should assure the partner airline that there will be no interference from the Govt. regarding administ-
      ration of the airline but they should show profit or at least no loss within a reasonable time to continue with the tie up. We should take note that this is a multi million dollar undertaking and cannot afford to adopt trial & error methods. The chairman of the board of management
      should be from the assisting airline and board members should have some
      knowledge of aviation/airline industry

      AIRLANKA did well with reputation because Capt. Rakitha Wickramanayake as the Chairman was given a free hand to run the airline by President J.R.Jayawardena and Capt.was answerable only to the President. There are stories to say that Capt. Wicks threw the ‘chits’ from ministers and Govt. MPs for jobs for their ‘catchers’ into the waste paper basket
      in his office because JR stood by his word. Air Lanka chose the right people for the right jobs and won many awards, specially in inflight services, competing with major Asian airlines.
      Govt. should sort foreign expertise in selecting the airline and strongly suggest that Govt.talk to Dubai Govt. with an apology for
      the abrupt break up of contract by the former regime and get back
      to Emirates as we need an airline who is rich enough to fund the airline’s financial requirements and have the expertise to restructure it. There is a saying that known devil is better than the unknown devil.

    • 1
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      My question is even if SRILANKEN s losses were noticed, why MR et al abused the airline for his foreign trips. To that time, were they not informed well or they nevertheless thought to abuse it further ?
      If the same manner was applied by current president, how would you guys act against that ? These shameless buggers should be brought before courts.
      Their all assets should be taken to state for all the high profiles losses they have deliberately done to lanka. Just to call that poor countrty hhas got another airline, they brought Mihin lanka. All what as a poor country cant afford was done by Jarapakshe for their own comfort. There the buggers never thoguth that unborn citizen would have to bear the losses .. in the future. Either the man is so stupid or he only thinks about his pocket. God save the country.

  • 21
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    68 years after independence and if Sri Lanka cannot run a airline to profitability what can sri lankans do. Before any govt looks to finding partners in joint ventures for management and profitablility the govt first needs to be able to bake a good wholesome, affordable, loaf of bread that will give all a feeling of satisfaction to their stomachs. How can you run a airline to profitability when the airline is misused and mismanaged by the govt itself.
    When persons who dont know how to brush their teeth even after being given the best toothbrush and toothpaste are put in charge of a airline then there is something radically wrong somewhere with those who govern. This trend has been taking place from 1948 with Air Ceylon, Air Lanka, and now Sri Lankan. The next new name for the national airline should be something like ” Going Nowhere Airlines ” , ” Apey Aanduwa Guvan Sevaya “, Yamu Yamu Guvan Sevaya “, Rajagedera Guwan Sevaya. “

    In reality a national airline for sri lanka is too much sophistication for its politicians and people as they would do better travelling in buggy carts. This is a sad statement to make because the country as a whole is a very beautifull piece of land, a wonderfull creation of God, a land blessed with plenty, but those unblessed who trample the soil are the undoing of its progress and the curse of its properity. Governments will come and go but prosperity and progress will not. Prosperity and progress is not Port cities, flashy cars, high rise buildings, iphones or ipads, but the satisfaction to be able to do a honest job, raise a good family, get to work and back in comfortable public transport, good public health system, wholesome affordable food, clean politicians, honest public servants, non political religious system, secure law & order, and most of all a acceptable passport that is respected all over the world by the holder.
    The list can go on and on but the above is only the basics.

    Sri lanka is very far away from the above and the majority of its citizens will never experience it other than a few who will only through corruption and dishonesty.

    Finally the govt will hunt, ultimately to become the hunted.

    Good politics is like a uncut diamond whose brilliance will only be seen after its meticulously honed and polished by a master cutter.
    Both are few in numbers and difficult to find.

    • 6
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      Well said. How much we point the fingers at bad governance and give priority to correct the errors, the politicians ask for is more allowance and other incomes. Cannot understand whether parliamentarians have formed a corrupt family among themselves.

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        The only time the politicians will understand the voters is when voters stop casting their votes as a whole, but this course of action is untrustworthy. Why ???? because politicians depend on the grass eaters to come into power. A grass eater is a person who politicians willfully and delibrately keep down by trampelling on them to prevent them from coming up in life.
        As long as persons are given grass to eat with false promises of something better they eat the grass to survive dreaming only of all those false promises. This is what SL politicians want to keep coming into power and they will stoop to any level of vulgarity to get what they want. At any given time if a grass eater is given a small sum of money, a parcel of food and a tot of intoxication he/she will sell their votes.
        This is the sad part. This has been the norm since 1948.
        Untill SL has a honest, competent political party to turn the lovely, blessed, land around life will go on.
        Grass eaters will continue to eat grass, the yakko corrupt rich will drink whisky mixed with coke ( if you go to scotland and be seen mixing good scotch whisky with coke you will be taken for a yakko ) port cities will come up, lamborghinis will ply the roads, and the land will bleed to death.
        More can be said but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • 2
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      Sad & True

      “68 years after independence and if Sri Lanka cannot run a airline to profitability what can sri lankans do?”

      According to Aristotelian Philosophy, Love of Wisdom, for every Effect, there is a cause.

      So what could be the Cause?

      a) Sinhala Buddhists

      b) Tamil Hindus

      c) Muslims

      d) Portuguese

      e) Catholics

      f) Dutch

      g) Dutch Christians

      h) Malays

      i) English

      j) Anglican Church

      i) Chinese

      j) Indians

      i) Others?

      Or, could it be that their average IQ is 79? Just curious , and looking for the Aristotelian cause.

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      Sri Lanka IQ = 79

      A picture is worth a thousand words. Are Tamils and Sri Lankans closer to the origin.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

      • 3
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        Amarasiri,
        please don’t bring caste, creed or religion into the issue. This has nothing to do with the topic. The topic is about the national airline and why it is bleeding to death.
        Aristotle has nothing to do with this.
        If you are trying to show your intelligence, then you have failed and failed badly. Love & wisdom has nothing to do with running an airline to profitability or loss.
        Its a pity that unintelligent, narrow minded, pussy brained, people like you exist in a land that is blessed with plenty.
        Most probably your eyes must be in a place where the eyes of your politicians are fixed and that must be your rear.
        From your response you look like a deeply, pussy brained, racist, ugly minded, individual who looks to caste, creed, and religion to pin the faults of your politicians and pussy brained public servants who are incompetent in the discharge of their duties.
        You too must be a very incompetent human being.

        I have travelled your national airline many times and must state that the treatment i received was beyond words. Courteous, lovely, friendly, jolly minded, staff despite their ethnic backgrounds which did not matter to me.
        Your country is a land of plenty, blessed, beautifull scenery, friendly people, good food, comfortable hotels, and what i enjoyed best was the hot cup of Ceylon Tea and the Lion Larger beer. Never was i ever questioned about my ethnic background or religion.

        Amarasiri, please come out of your dark world and mix with the good people that you meet. Learn never to be caste, creed or religion conscious. Try to contribute in your little way to make your country a better place to live in, try to upgrade your IQ from 05 to at least 60 and leave Aristotle alone. He is to sophisticated for you to understand.

        You are a far from the nice sri lankans i met and most probably you are one of the rare sri lankans who comes out from the jungle once in a while for a bit of fresh air, to see the nice people whom you dont see in your dark world.

        Anyway Amarasiri, look at yourself in the mirror and adjust your image of those around you. Look at people as to what they are and not from the caste, creed or religious background.
        I for one, dont care if a person chooses to worship the devil because thats the risk he takes as long as he does not worry about what i do, neither do i care about his colour or creed.
        As long as what he does is not detrimental to my well being that is all that matters to me. Before you try walk straight first try to crawl.
        Anyway i hope we meet by chance when i next visit your lovely country and if we do then lets exchange ideas over a nice cup of hot Ceylon Tea or a chilled bottle of Lion Larger beer.

        Till then may ” God the author of all goodness ” give you wisdom and bless your country.

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          Paul Woodhouse.

          It was related to the comment by Sad & True

          “68 years after independence and if Sri Lanka cannot run a airline to profitability what can sri lankans do?” According to Aristotelian Philosophy, Love of Wisdom, for every Effect, there is a cause.

          “Aristotle has nothing to do with this. ” He was favoring a cause for an effect… low IQ or other factors of those running it or had control.

          “Or, could it be that their average IQ is 79? Just curious , and looking for the Aristotelian cause.”

          So, if you read the whole comment, you would notice that, you can point to caste, creed and religion, but in the end it is the IQ that matters most, towards a commercially successful airline.

          That was the thrust of the comment.

          However it was not successful before die to some other factors. You can pick from those factors that are applicable.

    • 3
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      Sad & True “68 years after independence and if Sri Lanka cannot run a airline to profitability what can sri lankans do”

      not just the air line the successive Sri Lankan governments failed to simply run anything!

  • 11
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    Minister Senasinghe says: “SriLankan is a huge problem for us”
    May I re-phrase it as follows:
    “Sri Lanka is a huge problem for us”.
    OR
    “Sri Lankans are a huge problem for us”.

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      Ruvan

      “Sri Lanka is a huge problem for us”. OR “Sri Lankans are a huge problem for us”.

      Given below is support for your assertion.

      Rank
      ——– Country
      ———————– %
      ————-
      1 Singapore 108
      2 South Korea 106
      3 Japan 105

      28 Sri Lanka 79

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      he intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score

  • 17
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    South African President Jacob Zuma had been found guilty by the SouthAfrican high court for misappropriation of state funds.
    That is pure Law of a country to speak, whether a past or present Ruler should not escape judiciary.

    Shame on Srilankan Judiciary which is at the moment worse than a Jungle law.
    Shame to say I am Srilankan.

    Buddha Sasana worshippers ! Disgrace the Law , disgrace the country with lawlessness.

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      SA judiciary is a model to follow, post Madela. There’s so much SL can learn and benefit given the WILL!

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        Need not go that far. The Tamil Nadu in India has meted out better judgements than us. Mahinda Rajapakse and his family members should be charged to explain, just like Jayalalitha in India, how they amassed the fortune they now have, with only their ministerial salaries.

  • 9
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    This is what happens when Politicians Place their Convenience, before the Welfare of the Country!

  • 12
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    Srilanken should be subsidized with European or one from Middle east. Etihard works with Airberlin and several other airlines to asian destinations. The manner Meeharaka dealt with Emirates – they would never come back to lanka. Those were years, that lanken airline profited billions.

  • 13
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    Jacob Zuma the Prez of SAfrica was charged by SA high court for misappropriation of state funds. Where does SL law stands?

    In the toilet??

  • 5
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    Talk to Qatar Airways or Ethihad, and sell it off, rather than wasting people’s money. Have an open sky policy, to Bangkok, Emirates has over 35 flights per day, and various other airlines, from Bangkok to Hong Kong, have over 50 flights per day. Same to many other destinations. This would bring huge number of tourists and business persons to the the country as well .

  • 3
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    If a govt can run a profitable business, and some countries do, then its wise NOT to privatise things.

    Although time and time again the country has proven its not the case. Running a profitable business is VERY HARD. Its requires dedicated shareholders.

    Running the airline is not only costing tax payers money, it is taking away time and effort that can be employed elsewhere on more worthy causes.

    The core of govt should be left to things like making laws, ensure laws are followed promote investment etc.

    Another white elephant is the CEB. The CEB should be broken off and privatized. The electricity tariffs in Sri Lanka are more expensive than some first world countries.

    Allowing competition in this sector will bring costs down to the consumer and also make things more efficient.

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      Vibhushana,
      I agree totally with you today. All white elephants should be sold off to whoever wants them.
      I don’t see why we need a national airline in the first place. All we need is a small operation to get us to the nearest hub, from which we can go anywhere.
      Even profitable ones like Sri Lanka Insurance should be sold off. They will be even more profitable in private hands, and thereby bring in more taxes.

  • 3
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    The caption “The Government Hunts Foreign Airline to Lift SriLankan” to this “News Item” (if correct) says all what the Government intends to do. A Junior Minister Mr. Serasinghe whom I consider to be a very energetic person too believes in such a “Philosophy” while a “veteran” in the Legislature and a scholar, Dr. Sarath Amunuugama says very directly that the SriLankan is one of the “10 worst managed State manged enterprises in the world”. That is NOTHING BUT THE NAKED TRUTH, I too agree.

    If that is the “TRUTH”, and we have very correctly diagnosed the “DECEASE”, then what has to be done? We must FIND a “Industry Experienced, a TOP NOTCH DOCTOR with a PROVEN TRACK RECORD to treat this almost dying “PATIENT”. Let me tell you, this Government has failed and miserably failed to do that and that was very well proved with the appointments made to manage the affairs of this State Venture. Look at the Chairman and the Board of Director appointments. That action (Blatant Mistake) itself speaks volumes for the failure to INITIATE any concrete measures to RESURRECT this State Venture from extinction. In that FAILED INITIATIVE, it is useless to speak of the rest that followed from January 8, 2015 todate.

    I strongly believe and of opinion that this SriLankan Airline must be continued to operate as THE National Carrier in the aviation industry of Sri Lanka. In that endeavor, we must NOT “Hunt” for a “Foreign Airline” to lift it from the present dying state. How can they do that, when even responsible Ministers say: “we are prepared to sell SriLankan to Mahinda Rajapkse for Rs.1.00”. This type of irresponsible statements that are perhaps appealing to equally dumb people could be appreciated among their own ranks; but not to people who would think that there is a WAY OUT to solve this problem. No doubt each person of this country has been made to bear a loss of Rs.8000.00 per month merely to pay the debts. To solve that, the Government MUST, IMMEDIATELY take action to CATCH those responsible for making that loss and RECOVER whatever possible and send behind bars for the rest of their life for that CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. That is not happening, even after spending another Rs 3 million of peoples’ money on inquiry Commission. That is very SUSPICIOUS and QUESTIONABLE.

    With the available information, we now know and the major REVELATION that anyone will understand is: SriLankan Airline is NOT Functioning like a COMMERCIAL VENTURE at all. From its very structure and functioning it has been run as an EMPIRE with a cluster of MINI ROYALTY MEMBERS. Even after, January 8th 2015, there seems to be no VISIBLE and CONSTRUCTIVE change that has taken place. That was amply proved when its HIGH COMMAND appeared before the COPE recently. They have now being told to come up with a proper PLAN of IMPLEMENTATION to manage this venture. That DIRECTIVE indicates what a bunch of INCOMPETENT people have been placed in-charge.

    Now what is the SOLUTION. As I said they must get a SPECIALIST , with a proven track record who has and capable of MANAGING an outfit in the Aviation Industry. This Industry Specialist must not be a person who has served in an airline in lower level Management positions or person who held “Designations” but did not at all make a CHANGE. In searching for that person, the main CRITERIA must be the capacity to bring about a MAJOR CHANGE. If that person is not available locally, look for someone from outside, perhaps through a properly recognized Head Hunting Firm. Get that person and hand him full “uninterrupted” Management of all aspects of the Institution with distinctive TARGETS to be achieved. This initiative correctly taken will not fail and it will bear beneficial results. This is the WAY OUT. I have seen many Commercial Ventures at this type of “EXTINCTION” or “DYING” state have been GIVEN LIFE and RESURRECTED. I have read in certain “AUTOBIOGRAPHIES” of such persons, who even had the strength to CHALLENGE the members of Board OF Directors and turn around business ventures that were on the verge of collapse.

    So Government, SEARCH and get that PERSON and hand him over the entire outfit with the specific responsibility and accountability for all of its operations, locally and world wide. Please don’t “hunt for foreign airline”. That is not going to work. Always remember, WE CAN DO IT.

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      Douglas,
      You say :”Always remember, WE CAN DO IT. “
      A very long and Churchillian post, but do you think we can do today what we failed at for almost 70 years?
      Could this “Industry Experienced, TOP NOTCH DOCTOR with a PROVEN TRACK RECORD to treat this almost dying “PATIENT” be residing in Sri Lanka unknown to us? Perhaps he was here 68 years ago, but migrated in disgust.
      SELL the thing and cut our losses.

  • 4
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    Better keep the catering ground handling and engineering or servicing or maintenance (technical sell the slots give back the planes do bicycle motorbikes boat elephant hiring etc

    There are lot of other air lines touching Colombo now

  • 4
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    Also one more suggestion make prosituation legal and put glassed show case with number badges by the arrivals charge them by minutes, hourly, weekly,monthly, yearly etc

  • 2
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    Let us extend our best wishes to all involved in the search for a brave and capable airline to take on the Herculean task of turning around the fortunes of our national airline.

    Will the President, Prime Minister, and all those charged with overseeing the new operation ensure that travel is strictly off limits to politicians, and to their attendant free-loaders who have for some time treated SriLankan as some sort of divine perk of office.

    Those in government must be made to pay upfront and obey the same strictures as other customers do. Presidential parties on jollies had better be a thing of the past.

    Good luck.

  • 2
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    Government Hunts For Foreign Airline To Lift SriLankan

    Yes tying up with a fast and growing airline would be a better idea. A member of the One World airlines would be best.

  • 3
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    bring Air Lanka Back

  • 5
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    Eventually China will rescue srilankan airlins with a hidden agenda which majority of Game brothers will not understand, but GLP, Namal etc. will jump and tell it as an excellent idea – but we do not have many choice at the moment – it will take many years to earn respect from Emirates or any other big country. The first step is to punish all criminals and establish independent defence and Law institutions. Allowing MR &co outside is a huge mistake, they will continuously block, reforming defence and Law institutions – a deep cleaning/full service is overdue.

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    Good luck sujeewa, I really hope you can succeed I this venture as you are a straight forward humble human being. I order to make this airline profitable and merge with a better airline, you my need to consider these facts first.

    1. Control and stop the current unwanted expenses with immediate effect. Example- foreign travels for employees, unwanted projects such as green project, business analysts who couldn’t analyse so far what has happened to the airline, internal newspaper monara, training except regulatory ones, grade ten and above transport vehicles to be taken back and give them only a fuel allowance- this will help to reduce a large amount of lease the airline pay for vehicles.

    2. Send home employees who have corrupted records such as head of hr the womanizer, favourism master, winning awards unethically and exaggerating to the world. Senior manager hrd and business partnering – good at partnering things with HSD but not with staff, overnight promotion from executive to senior manager in the wonderful organization, hr manager planning and analytics- sweetheart baby of hhr, getting things done via interns and presenting as if hers, ex flame of mo. Interns who ha become executives overnight simply because their fathers are friends of hhr! You need to start cleaning such areas first. This is where all the corruption start.

    3. Immediate stop the recruitment of management trainees. We don’t need more staff at this stage as thanks to hhr the staff strength exceeds 7000 now and managers are all over the place. Some are only ol passed ones.

    So these are very few suggestions to look into. Sujeewa look into these. The hr department is into so much of corruption and also the head of service delivery is the other rogue.

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    Interesting to note Batalanda Ranil after not being able get a single penny from the west is trying to find a partner for Sri Lankan I wish him good luck because people have found him to be the problem than the other way around. It is a shame that the proud country is in the hands of a set of poot losers.

  • 1
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    Yeow!!!!!!!

    Where were you hiding all this time Mr. Senasinghe?
    Another Minister joins the band wagon to tell us what we already know.
    What have you been doing since January 8th? Twiddling your thumbs?
    Now tell us what are you going to do about it or whom are you going to give the airline to?

    Enough of this rubbish now….you are just a good orator…that’s all!
    Dont be another ‘Baila Champion”……..

  • 0
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    We don’t seem to get anything right now, do we? Our politicians are corrupt, nepotism ends up with a bigger mess, unqualified uncles and aunts rip off the country, and the people have to suffer the consequences.

    What makes the present government think other national carriers will flock over here to “tie up” with a dysfunctional airline, knowing once again our greedy politicians could, once again, like those corrupt Rajapaksa clan, use this airline like it belongs to them? Our arrogant politicians are fully capable of taking plane loads of their kith and kin on long overseas trips, without paying a cent for those flights? Haven’t we heard the horror stories of the previous regime wanting paid passengers out of seats, so that their heavy bottomed friends can sit in business class, and go for a free ride? Didn’t the present Presidents no good son try to use government resources recently to get visas for his no good friends?

    Unfortunately people, this is our karma. We have corrupt, arrogant politicians, who act like they own this country.

  • 0
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    The Government is doing right things, but not enough. It should call for open bids from consultants to formulate short and medium term plans to cut the losses. The rationale is lower the loss, better the prospect of finding a partner by offering a controlling stake.

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    The architect of the disaster called Sri Lankan Airlines, Nishantha Wickremasinghe, has got away with his loot.
    His mentor MR told him how.

    The minster is only worried about what is left.

    No decently run airline will touch this one even with a barge pole.

    Only way is to sell all the assets after international advertisements,
    & send all staff home with compensation.

    Do we need to carry this ‘white elephant’ any more when many live below the poverty line?

    VIPs can travel by airlines running through Katunayake – so do many other world leaders.

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    This is an unavoidable situation. In Sri Lanka everyone is used to calling somebodys somebody to get a favour done. Nobody really knows how many political connections bother the airline workers on possibility to get lower priced seats etc. In fact the norm would be such individuals contacting chairman or CEO and the management receiving directive to do this or that. If an external party would handle the overall management, this reduces such off book intervention.

    Similarly there are rumors that recommendations for the airline to be downsized, how does one identify who to release. Would there be influence in such procedure as well. Surely downsizing must happen, the ideal solution would be to let go of the longer service individuals as they are a higher cost to the company. These employees have high gratuity and high basic salaries due to years of employment.

    The ideal way forward would be for the management to be firm and reduce the retirement age of 60 uears down to 55. This alone would manage the staff cou t to a large extent.

    At the same time there is no sense of policy, rumours swirl that an individual due to retire upon turing 60 in few months time, an individual who is a senior manager without any qualifications or knowledge to carry out the basic of functions.

    Similarly with the fiture of the airline uncertain and potential staff reduction, there is talk of hiring external trainees. Which would be advisable if such werw genuine talented individuals. However with the changes done to selection criteria including “natiinal sports” as a selection criteria.. one wonders how on Earth such actions to be justified. Then again all this is being decided by a so called HR director

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    Airlines all over the world are presently enjoying a massive windfall because of low fuel costs. SriLankan Airlines appears to be the exception. The level of mismanagement is mind boggling and the Rajapakses had a huge hand in it. I can’t imagine the mess they must have left behind when they were deposed.

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      Within minutes of RTI Bill becoming law, the nation should obtain the Balance Sheet together with details of numbers employed, their list of duties, salaries, perks and all hidden benefits and their monetary value.

      Without any information the nation can accuse the directorate of massive over employment and unbelievable gargantuan monetary packages. The government is complicit, failing in its surveillance responsibility.

      When facts are known, the country will see the ‘Storming of the Bastille’ (Sri Lankan Airlines).

  • 1
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    Not just the SrLankan Airlines,privatize the whole country for a few years,including Parliament!

  • 0
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    1) Air hostesses mustn’t show too much back, stomach and rest of the mid-section if it not smooth, clean, and clear looking.

    2) Lankans passengers going on the airline must be requested to bathe and use deodorant, before the flight.

    3) Placid and clam look by the steward and stewardesses are imperative, with no attempting to show superiority on the faces and cut passengers out with sharp tones, of no medam and yes medam, when a simple request or question is asked.

    4) No more huge bluff smiles, to terrorize passengers – the passengers are first, and not the intimidation from the crew.

    5) When the schoolyard bully tactics rules the functioning of the crew, passengers are affected.

    6) But first and foremost, the airlines has to be carefully audited to see where Lankan profits have gone to, in the West.

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      What on earth are you rambling about Ramona?
      The airhostess are wearing sarees and if you think its too much then please do come down from your diasporic home in the USA and see the village damsels and ladies as to how much midriff is shown when wearing the sarees and its nothing wrong there at all

      I have flown many airlines and Srilankan service is one of the best

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    It takes just one smelly Lankan, who feels that his natural smell is his God-given Karmic Lankan right, to stink up the whole plane and put off other national from travelling our airlines.!

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    ramona therese…

    Your opening ball…

    Air Hostesses musnt show too much back,stomach,and rest of the Mid-section if it is not smooth,clean and clear looking…

    Even Philosophers like Plato,will duck your first ball!
    Its a Bumper no?

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      On no, Plato…..they can show all of the parts as far as Lankan traditional dress dictates, as long as it looks nice. Only the best should be up in international air-space……and that does not mean super-beautiful, but a good decent, fresh and clean look….and not only the face, but also the body parts showing. Either power it up, or cover it discreetly.

      Imagine that low backed-sari blouse, with boney and/or dark-brown oily skin of greenish hue, with blacks spots and marks on it.

      Some American airlines decided to go the equal opportunity way for their cabin crew, and most of them closed down. Oversized air-hostesses and elderly-folk mostly.

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        oh Ramona though living in the USA your talking utter bull,the reason many American Airlines went bust it because of econoic downturn,competition and changing market forces in which they operated nothing to do with the looks of their air hostess’s please stop talking like a ‘game modaya’

        On a serious note its not only discriminatory but utterly 3rd class thinking from your part

        Tell us Ramona will you be happy if your hubby left you for a nice Baywatch type babe because she is more beautiful than you?

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          Peace Lover,

          Who know….maybe that economic downturn was because they had a misguided sense of equality for all (and at the same time didn’t give health care for all)…..when countries work without clear agenda, these kind of things happen to their economic systems. People preferred to go on airlines that gave an elevated experience- they certainly didn’t want to see old Gloria who cleans the office, serving them drinks on the airlines too.

          Now Sri Lanka. I mean….the hostesses should look discrete, without all that bare back showing. That type of bare-back is for ground level where it is hot and humid. High-altitude is cool….the low-backed sari just doesn’t look official enough in international air-space.

          Wide oily-looking backs (whatever complexion) is so much unnecessary flesh in the face of a passenger. And after spending so much on air-travel, people don’t want the on-ground experience street/field, but an enhanced refined version of what the country can offer – and work functional too.

          I’m not talking about the Baywatch babe look (he, he,….my husband says I look like that). I’m talking about and elegant, cultured look, where a common uniform will fit all shapes and looks of hostesses, and look very Lankan too.

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          In USA, people go around in shorts, tank and halter tops, short skirts, etc. to be cool. Dress suits and dresses are used for formal dressing. However, in their national airlines, they use chic and elegant uniforms with scarves around the neck, and tights.

          Anyway Peace Lover, the discriminatory but utterly 3rd class thinking seems to come from you. I give reasons for why I feel Sri Lankan airlines could do better, from what I have observed. Yours on the other hand is a personal attack.

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            Sorry Ramona,its nothing personal just trying to put some sense into you for trying to say the SL airhostess are not pretty and show too much flesh and thats one of the reasons for the airlines woes

            we all know that when Emirates left due to CEO Peter Hill getting fired just because he refused to offload paid passengers so that Mahinda mamas cronies can travel on that flight Srilankan airlines had Rs 8 billion as PROFITS and now they are at a terrible loss

            If you want to look at the losses,then there are the main issues

            i)Mihin Lanka being subsidized by UL
            ii) Taking too many people on board
            iii) Nishantha the former CEO running riot and treating it like his own car to the extent of delaying /diverting flights to pick up his pals
            iv) corruption inside

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              Peace Lover ,

              guess your are right……not sure to what extent though……there are the incremental problems too that all add up; one being the wrong type uniform. Lankan hostesses are of course extremely pretty. It’s just that only a certain type of person can take that deep halter jacket and bare midriff. They look very good from the front, with the frill. Turn around and it gets spinal dorsal….

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                see at last we seem to agree on some thing :-)

                anyways dont take offence at my reply earlier I was only trying to draw a comparison but I guess my wording not good ;-(

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                  Peace Lover,

                  I have considered….Nah!, no offense.

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                    thank you

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    Shame on you junior minister, this just goes to prove if Ranils Govt cannot manage a 21 aircraft airline and its finances how the hell is he going to run a country? This last one year his board and the Chairman messed things up. Firstly throwing away Weliamuna report, then making wrong appointments to board, keeping the same MRs senior management in place, making wrong choice appointments with country managers including regional managers.Allowing favourites to be appointed as GMs to Airport (JVP MP mentioned this at a TV show last week) not moving any of the political appointees out. You lot have failed,miserably.Just palming off Sri Lankan to a foreign airline will harm the country when they take over more valuable routes and rights from us.They will also take over profit making catering, ground handling and only the pulp will be left for the nation and its people.We are capable of turning this airline to black if only you pick the right people to the right place immediately with in the company.

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    The problems with Sri Lankan airlines satretd after Emirates were kicked out by Mahinda.

    Emirates were managing the airline on a professional level as a commercial operation.

    But Mahinda and his family had other ideas, they thought they owned Sri Lankan airlines and the Emirates managers were the families servants.

    Emirates showed two fingers and pulled out in a public spat out.

    I don’t think the current regime in Sri Lanka is any different. This is attitude is in the genetics of Sri Lankan politicians of all colours.

    All international airlines are aware of this. They will only agree to take and run Sri Lankan air lines on their own terms.

    This will be a hard pill to swallow for the regime.

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