16 November, 2018

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Pilots Guild Wants SriLankan Airlines’ CEO Capt. Ratwatte To Go !

Members of the Airline Pilots Guild of Sri Lanka disgusted with the behavior of its CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte of SriLankan Airlines at the meeting held on the 21st April 2016, has called for an emergency meeting to discuss means of having him ousted, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

Suren RatwatteAt the concluded meeting the former Emirates Airline pilot and now CEO of SriLankan Airlines Capt. Ratwatte had openly blackmailed senior pilot Capt. Sujith Jayasekara.

This was when he wanted to keep the very senior pilot quiet and prevent him from asking persistent questions that led to his embarrassment.

“If you dont keep quiet I will have no choice but to expose an incident involving you that happened 30 years ago” CEO Capt. Ratwatte had gone on to blackmail him.

“However nobody knew what he was referring to” a pilot present at the meeting said.

The CEO had then even gone on to threaten the other pilots that he will have them ‘gutted’, a term used by gangsters to stab someone in the stomach and disembowel their internal organs. This is besides using the word ‘fuck’ at a meeting where he is reported to have gone berserk.

The pilots who were shell shocked by the CEO’s behaviour are also upset about a secret deal that has now come to light involving him, Chairman Ajith Dias, a soon to be recruited Chief Technical Officer Dinnaga Padmaperuma and former Air Lanka and Emirates Airline pilot, retired Capt.Suhail Hashim, who is now a domiciled businessman in Canada.

It has been established that the CEO in tandem with Chairman Ajith Dias is attempting to replace the Airbus A 320 aircraft with a smaller one named the Bombardier, which seats approximately 104 to a maximum of around 140 passengers.

“The CEO has under performed in his capacity in the first six months. Even his confirmation has been delayed. What he is trying to do now is make a fast buck before he gets kicked out eventually. Despite his nepotistic appointment,due to being the brother of Charitha Ratwatte who is a close friend of Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, he has under performed in his role in his first six months. Even his confirmation has been delayed due to this. Though we agreed earlier to forego our annual increments on condition, we are now contemplating in telling him in his own choicest words to rather “fuck off”, said a pilot of the guild who was threatened at the meeting.

We publish below the email sent out by the Airline Pilots Guild to its members calling for an Emergency Meeting.

EOGM NOTICE

CONDUCT OF THE CEO AT THE MEETING HELD ON 21ST OF APRIL 2016

Dear Member,

The ALPGSL Exco has decided to call for an EOGM on the 26th of April 2016 at 1000hrswith regards to the events that took place at the above meeting.

Your participation is vital for this crucial meeting as it will decide the future proceedings of the ALPGSL.

If you are on a flight please send your proxy via email/ SMS to the ALPGSL.

Thank you

Capt. Anura Abeyasekera

Secretary – ALPGSL

Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka

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  • 8
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    deejay vu ! The very same pilots did it to Emirates first CEO for AirLanka Andrew Gray when We were on the airline. They have managed to rile this CEO too. Rest of UL, wake up and fight this menace, which one I needn’t say

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      You need a competent board that can make decisions and it is not entirely the fault of Suren. Yes men and buddies should not have any place. The board is full of puppets.

      Suren is earning less than some senior pilots who are earning close to Rs 3 m per month. Senior stewards and stewardesses earn in excess of Rs 500,000 per month with allowances.

      If you speak to Renuka or Namal, current president and immediate past president of the pilots guild, they will inform you that the facts have been reported inaccurately.

      Jagath Fernando

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      Déjà vu, indeed.

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      Hey guys, what i feel it , best to give srilanken to foreigners companies, That can help srilanka how the management should go forward. Euroepans or americans very strict by their behaoviours. The kind of management is indispensible if the airline should further be maintained. As Dr. Harsha Silva made it very clear lately, even if the airline would have been sold out, the debts collected due to deliberate mismanagement by MR adminsitration, 129Billions would not be able to cover. This means, the chaos left by previous regime is no jokes, not healable easily.
      The manner, Rajakashe for his petty gains, and fertilizer to further fooling the stupid folks, release from Emirates was the biggest mistake.
      CBK adminstiration brought billions of profits to the country being joined to Emirates. Just by spreading bitter lies, Rajakashes forcefully took the srilanken shares back.
      Even Swiss and other pwoerufl airlines have joined the other negioburing ailrines as part of them today. Since that is no means easy to maintain. Us one of another hungry nations of the earth to boast to have an airline …. maintaining for no profit is no longer possible to lanken state.

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    Why doesnt the Airlines Pilots Guild put their heads together and try find ways and means save Sri Lankan Airlines without picking on the CEO Ratwatte. They must be grateful that they have the services of top Emirates pilots Ratwatte and Hashim
    Such bickerings will only put Sri Lankan into further trouble and finally many pilots will be jobless. Even the exparienced pilots know that there is a glut of pilots in the local and international market and it will finally realise that many will have to go home

  • 14
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    Guys wake up the mess you all in soon everyone going home.what you mean first six months under performed.cones to reality soon after Emirates gone …the usual sri Lankan habit of performance start.

    Better work out the strategy plan and safe guard the air line once performed well.leave all your egoes differences.these Pilots can get job easily how about the hard working people on the grounds.and their families.same attitudes as doctors thank god the accountancy field as there is open maket.

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      Whoever this man is posted – can recall him and cancell his if the person is like a square in a round hole.
      However, lankens should be aware of the facts, that the kind of candidates are not much in the country today. Lanka lacks of higher officials with anticipated requirements. Put the blame on PM for everything cant bring us further.

  • 24
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    If what is written here is true, this man is an utter disgrace. He has no role to play in a modern sri lanka trying to step alongside the developed world.

    The first lesson for any aspiring CEO is the practice of courtesy and the use of good language. The word purportedly used by this man has no place in modern communication.

    Ratwatte, please resign. Any prolongation will only insult this government and its Premier in particular.

    Along with the envisaged prosperity, your airline must seek to install courtesy and kindliness as a hallmark of its service. Your behavioral manner has no place in the scheme of things. So Please go. You embarrass us all.

  • 14
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    You cannot do it. He is so and so’s so and so. What’s the difference between this government and that government! Only the name?

  • 13
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    they should have made that decision earlier since the Bombardier C Series is doing very badly in terms of sales and UL could have gotten some at a very low price.. but, the costs of sending pilots to Canada to get their type ratings will be huge since this type of aircraft is localized as of now to North America and a few European carriers.

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      The Bombardier C series jets are very limited in commercial use, to Air Canada and some of the “service airlines” who provide short haul flights for major carriers in USA. Bombardier is a manufacturer being funded and propped by the Canadian Government for nationalistic ideology – even more so now that a Tredeau is in office.

      The choice of this aircraft for UL ……. The Technical Evaluation Committee of UL is very competent and consists of very qualified persons who are capable of making sound choices for UL devoid of personal economic benefits to themselves from purchase recommendations.

      Being a successful pilot is great but having managerial expertise is another. More so being a gentlemen – well that is breed. Regrettably Ratwatte lacks class and therefore an embarrassment to UL and Sri Lanka.

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        I am pretty sure our 320’s have enough cycles remaining in them… considering major carriers like Air India and Air France have 320’s which are older than 20 years and have done several cycles per day, our 320’s should last at least another twelve years before the thought of replacing them comes into mind. The average age of the new 320 fleet is approximately 5 years and the old ones are 12 years. It’s not like there aren’t any second hand aircraft floating around in the market which even big airlines like Delta rely on.

        I don’t know why they talk about buying new aircraft all the time unless someone wants to make a quick buck. Maybe the lesor’s (8 of them) aren’t that happy with UL’s balance sheet lol

  • 19
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    Arrogance, incompetence and bad manners are hardly the qualities that one looks for in a CEO of a major (or any) organization.

    If this was another appointment by RW, one must seriously consider his suitability to make such appointments, given his initial blunder with appointing another pal of his to head the Central Bank.

    Yahapalanaya???

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      In compared to foreign counterparts – be it at Srilanken or other LANKEN institutions many of the candidates in general behave arroagant -that is lanken nature. Go to a lanken hospital to see how so called specialists behave. Katussage kare raththtaran banda wage – I hate that to see again and again whenever I travel to the country. Here in Europe, guys in higher positions behave so humble. Be it with Profs at Universities or other higher health bodies with whom I have regularly been in touch are so simple. This I thought to add.

      • 6
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        Ms Maralathoni, this is common to any other developing countries too. I think they dont try to behave as professionals let alone today they have to change their attitudes. Some journalists believe there should be a significant paradigm shift in lanken attitudes if the nation to march towards progress. I believe, this is my own view, having lived on the west for that long, our people and proffesionals should be trained through workshops how the expectations of correpsonding areas should work …. these the respective authroities should focus before putting it off again anda gain. Skills and expertise can bring us forward as many other coutries have proved.

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    Hi again, two articles about the CEO of Sri Lankan seems related hence my comment here connects both. I have a challenge to Colombo Telegraph(CT), if CT wants to be an unbiased news organization why not ask for a comment from the CEO or Sri Lankan Airlines media unit. Ask them to share the speech or comments made by the CEO. This way we all can see what was said rather than electronic lynching of a CEO for perhaps stating the obvious condition of the airline. It seems that somehow the CEO has stirred the hornets nest of good life here.

    Similarly, aircraft manufacturers visit airlines to sell their product, has SLA signed an agreement to buy these Canadian aircraft? if there is a secret deal among strange persons isn’t it the duty of the editors to get comments form the ex pilot and the “soon to be CTO” and from the Chairman and CEO? before throwing sensationalized articles to the masses. Or does your source or sources have things against the “soon to be CTO” also? quick google of the CTO shows that the person has quite bit of experience in field technical matters of aircraft.

    I never thought CT would stooped to the level of The Sun, News of the World etc.

    Assume CT has moles inside the organization, wouldn’t it be prudent to also see the rationale of the moles to feed duds to CT?

    Anyway over to you Mr. Editor for your action. Let’s stay above board, please.

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      BradUL, totally agree, but the first blunder this Govt.did was to slander and criticize Sri Lankan airlines, before and after the elections just to garner votes,from there on media took over this adverse barrage against UL.I had suggested in one of my previous comments that someone from Senior management or the board to come forward to safe guard the company and its people.(not a digit knows the industry in and out) The minister says “we have to bury the air line” What more can we expect from UNP? We can only hope and pray some one with stomach or balls comes forward on behalf of the company and its people.Last regime scandalized it. current appalling and poor leadership is ruining the rest of it.Now we are waiting eagerly for an election.UL people have the resilience to withstand any storm,the company was bombed,economically drained by these cheap politicians.We will survive.Again we stress,it’s time to fish out a ruthless,sincere and devoted Leader from within.

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        Shariff,

        It’s time to fish out a ruthless,sincere and devoted Leader from within. Who do you suggest- Mohan M, Sumudu U, Saminda P, Pandula W Dimuth T ? these are the names of GMs that my current collegues mentionas the next set of leaders, they are said to have been identified in sucession plans. So who’d you suggest?

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          Well if the names are the chosen lot to take SRilankan forward say no more.Without exception all these were the creationa of former CEO kapila Chandrasena and Chief strategy officer Manik Gunasekera to whom they owed blind allegiance. If the employees are free to talk I am sure they will have many a things to say how these gentlemen manipulated their way around the company. It is no wonder the company’s Commercial area is in shambles as most of these people are from Commercial Division.

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            Come come, give the youngsters a chance, when the 55 age limit is imposed its these youngsters that will run the airline, so give them a chance. I asked from Shariff this question because he said it’s time to fish out a ruthless, sincere and devoted Leader from within. Well here is your chance. Maybe Sama, Sumane, Shariff all who I think are current airline staff can endorse my list

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              Shevan has answered your question Roshan.The likes and dislikes says it all.Some of these names are in Weliamuna report,for awarding GSAs out of tender procedure,some were like family members of MR, Some were night clubbing with former CEO Kapila..The funniest part was that they came with sob stories and sucked up to the new board and remains in those same slots.

  • 21
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    First need to find out the motive of the meeting with the Pilots guild.

    If they have asked for a fresh collective agreement with fresh perks at this time of the year when the Airline is going through a rough patch, then the CEO fully deserve to take the broom , these Pilots think only about them selves. They need to remember that when they joined as Cadets 10 – 15 years ago, Airline had to spent USD 50 – 75,000 to train them. Airline is not only for Pilots, there are so many people who work to run the Airline.

    On the other hand CEO fully deserved to talk like this if he could take a pay cut and lead from the front to turn around the Team. You cannot cling on to your perks and then ask the staff to sacrifice theirs.

    Hats off to the CEO to take the Guild like this , we need courageous CEO to teach a lesson to these privilege Bus drivers.

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      Chuti Son,

      Pilots don’t want any CBAs. In fact they are the only ones who have agreed to forego their increments and even considering the allowances. But I hear the waiters in suit and tie are kicking up a fuss because the current CEO and Chairman can’t be bought over with women…… That’s the story from inside atleast…..

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        Dear Loku,

        I know there are Waiters always try to do a trick or two to get what they want and throw a notorious Nangi .

        Well this is the time we need strategic planning, cost cutting and turn around strategy. This is the time to employ a professional or a consultant and pay them a 6 figure salary. or else read a Regus Doganis ‘ flying off course’ and learn from them, unfortunately currently we dont have anybody who is capable of doing that.

        Look at Malaysian Airlines, two disasters within 1 year and they employed a German Airline strategist who has turn around the plan for recovery.Ties up with Emirates on code share , increased capacity and cut jobs more than 2000 in Malaysia. How on earth we can increase capacity when Mihin gets more frequency for lucrative destinations.Every country the main airline has more capacity than the LCC and etter routes, LCC like Mihin has cheaper tickets undercutting the progress of Main Airline. When 10 more LCC comming in to Katunayake offering cheap tickets having a competitive strategy on the same routes UL fly , how on earth UL can survive. ? Why cant this simple model can be understood y these DONKEYS ?

  • 6
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    It is sad to note that CT using the “Freedom of the Press” picks on the CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines Suren Ratwatte as its famous whipping boy,and also for the reason that the poor guy happens to be Charitha Ratwatte’s brother.As Charitha and Ranil are classmates at Royal it makes the situation worse for the CEO.
    In my opinion appointing him as the CEO was a very good choice as any airline would have grabbed him due to his stint as a pilot at the world’s Number 1 airline Emirates.From day 1 when he was given this responsible task CT has been “gunning” for him which I feel is not fair. One may argue that being a top pilot at Emirates does not necessary mean he has the capacity to run an airline,but let us admit his experience in the Airline trade is definitely a plus point and it is better than bringing some incompoop.From this report bringing Capt Suhail Hashim another icon at Emirates is a move in the right direction of tapping the available talents of former Sri Lankans which have been lost to other nations fpr several years.

    As for purchasing Bombardier planes this too is a good move as Bombardier planes are the most reliable aircrafts of the smaller variety and Sri Lankan needs smaller aircrafts due to she losing out to competing airlines passenger wise.Its useless we having a massive plane flying around with half the capacity of passengers while the country has to be bled to payback the loans envisaged on its purchase. We have been using Bombardier technology from the fifties and the massive railway engines that are still running on our tracks sixty years on are the masterpieces of Bombardier capabilities they being a gift from Canada under the Colombo Plan due to the good offices of former Canadian Prime Minister Pieere Trudeau a good friend of Sri Lanka and the father of the present Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

    There is an international report today that Canadian officials are in Iran to pursue the efforts to sell Bombardier Jets to Iran and the spokesman as the report adds Iran need 300 planes.If Iran is toying with the idea why not Sri Lanka?
    As or the Airlines Guild protesting against the CEO(if the report has any credibility) they should be wary that Sri Lankan may have to join up with another airline to save it from nose diving to the ground and this Airline which maybe a top airline will have its fair share of pilots so our boys maybe left in the lurch.Pilots know that the airline pilot vocation has a surplus as many are scrambling to get a piece of the cake. So its better to watch out

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      Dear Readers;

      Charitha Ratwatte is not just a friend of Ranil Wickramasinghe. He is the best friend. If Charitha asks Ranil to jump; Ranil will jump without any question. Not a friend but he is “THE FRIEND”. I know both of them they are like “KIRI & PANI”. They developed this relationship to a high fiendish level in the Universitynd Law College days (1968-1974), As a result of this relationship another fiendish fellow “Suren Ratwatte” Has been appointed to Srilankan Air Lines. It is not surprising that these fellows without any decent/social background using the filthy language and threats at the Pilots’ Meeting. Do not even make a mistake assuming this Ratwatte family to be Buddhist either; They are not it is a popular myth. Both sides of the “FIENDISH COIN”. It will be somewhat difficult to boot-out Suren.By the Bombardier is a Canadian Company, now the relationship that involves Suhail Hashim who lives in Canada. The words “FUCK OFF” were always used by Charitha to dismiss his opponents view when the fellow as in the school too; St.Thomas. So Suren’s behavior and the words used are from the family traditions.These fellows must be thrown in to the garbage bin of our decent nation not in the Board rooms of National organizations.

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      THE QUESTION HERE IS BEHAVIOUR. IF WHAT IS WRITTEN OR ALLEGED IS TRUE THAT IS DESPICABLE.
      NO ONE AT THAT LEVEL OF THE FOOD CHAIN SHOULD BEHAVE IN THAT MATTER. PRIVATELY MAY BE IN PUBLIC NEVER.
      HE SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THE DECORUM EXPECTED OR PERHAPS HE IS IGNORANT OF THAT.
      I SEE MANY A PERSON AT THAT LEVEL BEHAVING AS IF THEY OWN THIS PLANET AND EVEONE ELSE SHOULD BE SUBSERVIENT TO THEM. YOU SEE THAT IN ALL POLITICIANS.
      AS FOR THE THE NEPOTISM AND CRONYISM THAT IS ANOTHER ISSUE FOR A SEPARATE.
      DEBATE.
      CT MAY BE BIASED AND PUBLISH ONLY WHAT THEY WANT TO BUT THIS IS ONE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION AND IN PUBLIC INTEREST.
      EXPOSING THIS KIND OF PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM IN MY OPINION.

  • 15
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    Good pilots does not always become good CEOs and good CEOs does not always become good pilots.

    Let pilots fly and let CEOs run businesses.

    SIMPLE, isn’t it.

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      Its not that simple my friend. The best Gynaecologists are men worldwide all though they have no experience in giving birth or the best chefs in the world are men although women spend more time in the kitchen worldwide than men.

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      [Edited out]

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    Bombardier is in a bad state.

    http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/kevin-libin-ignoring-the-alarming-signals-of-a-bombardier-bailout

    Canadians can take solace in the news today that ours aren’t the only governments that find themselves expensively on the hook for Bombardier’s management challenges. As Kristine Owram reports in Tuesday’s Financial Post, over in London, England, the city has just published its post-mortem report on the mess left behind after the London Underground hired Bombardier to upgrade its signalling. Two years into the contract, London’s transit agency pulled the plug on the arrangement. It had to pay 85 million pounds (about $160 million) to Bombardier to cancel the contract, even though that now means delaying the upgrades by five years and incurring an additional 886 million pounds ($1.7 billion) to fix the problem with a new contractor.

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    Dear Readers;

    Charitha Ratwatte is not just a friend of Ranil Wickramasinghe. He is the best friend. If Charitha asks Ranil to jump; Ranil will jump without any question. Not a friend but he is “THE FRIEND”. I know both of them they are like “KIRI & PANI”. They developed this relationship to a high fiendish level in the Universitynd Law College days (1968-1974), As a result of this relationship another fiendish fellow “Suren Ratwatte” Has been appointed to Srilankan Air Lines. It is not surprising that these fellows without any decent/social background using the filthy language and threats at the Pilots’ Meeting. Do not even make a mistake assuming this Ratwatte family to be Buddhist either; They are not it is a popular myth. Both sides of the “FIENDISH COIN”. It will be somewhat difficult to boot-out Suren.By the Bombardier is a Canadian Company, now the relationship that involves Suhail Hashim who lives in Canada. The words “FUCK OFF” were always used by Charitha to dismiss his opponents view when the fellow as in the school too; St.Thomas. So Suren’s behavior and the words used are from the family traditions.These fellows must be thrown in to the garbage bin of our decent nation not in the Board rooms of National organizations.

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    Dear Colin (and a few others), sorry guys but you sound so much like the F-ing ceo himself. By the way guys to put things in the correct perspective, flying an A380 is no magic as its much easier to fly than most other aircraft – yes I should know that as I’m also a sky-driver (to those suffering from a complex).
    UL ceo and chairman wants Bombadier aircraft ?! Are they serious ? Well UL has a competent team (still) to decide on aircraft but sadly it’s roaming chairman of the past and present who wants to decide ? Think about this guys, f-img Ratwatte’s old EK pilot buddy Sohail is domiciled in Canada where the Bombadier come from !

    Comprehende ?!

  • 6
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    Alright. let calmer heads prevail. Stand down everyone. Jeez!

    To the Pilots, keep the aircraft and passengers safe. Unknown to you, your actions are bringing UL, which you admire and protect, to utter disrepute.

    Let the folks in commercial, deal with the business decisions.If you wish to discuss the business decisions, then do it over a cup of good cheer. We have done it before, haven’t we ? Reading between the lines, your approach appears to pull a bloody fight. Come on now, no need for all that, no ?

    As a columnist opined, the technical evaluation committee are professionals. They will make the right call, Bombardier or Airbus.

    On Airbus, if it sold us aircraft at 30pct over market value, it too has collaborated to cheat the Srilankan people. If it wishes to continue to work with us, demand it returns the money overpaid. Interest included.If not, don’t deal with Airbus.

    To the employees at UL, come on you buggers, take your bloody time and hurry up, much needs to be done.

    Let this storm in a tea cup, blow over.Stand down, everyone.

    Best wishes to UL.

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      Vishvajith,

      “On Airbus, if it sold us aircraft at 30pct over market value, it too has collaborated to cheat the Srilankan people. If it wishes to continue to work with us, demand it returns the money overpaid. Interest included.If not, don’t deal with Airbus. “

      where did you get the notion that Airbus dis sell aircraft over market value ? If the buyer wants the list price to be quoted higher why should the seller refuse it ? YOU need not be a mathematician to figure out where the excess amount ended up.

      AS for your expectations for folks in Commercial to deal with Business decisions,I am afraid having been out of UL for sometime your knowledge of the caliber of people at commercial may be somewhat rusty.

      During your time ofcourse same may have been possible over a cup of Tea at the Grindlays canteen where many a interesting discussions would have taken place(good old times)

  • 6
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    How about all the Sri Lankan Airline pilots indulging I sexual fantasies in destination countries that hve brought disrepute for the airline. Most of our pilots are sex starved. Sri Lankan airlines is mostly a release for certain sick individuals.

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    You Fuckers earn the highest salaries in sri lanka while being the biggest loss making enterprise for the country. Yet you hold everyone hostage to make personal gain. afuck all of you. I hope sri Lankan is shut down. go find another job you arrogant assholes.

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    Dear Visvajith, are you just an unusual optimistic moron or purely naive ? ” Let commercial do commerce ” bla bla ? Is t that what these morons did all these years and failed miserably ?!
    Wake up and smell the SHIT man !

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      Gosh! must be both. Often, it takes someone else to say who you are. Thanks, well done.

      So, where does the carrier go from here ?

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        Oh it is just one word “OBLIVION”

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    How about all the Sri Lankan Airline pilots indulging I sexual fantasies in destination countries that hve brought disrepute for the airline. Most of our pilots are sex starved. Sri Lankan airlines is mostly a release for certain sick individuals.Such a loss maker, should be shut down like phillipineairlines.

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    Dear Pilots Guild,

    Do you [Edited out] even pay taxes?

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      The Cabinet has approved Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal to look for a business associate for SriLankan airlines, Minister Sarath Amunugama said today. –
      The Sri Lankan Airlines Pilots Guild should realise that the Pilot profession is presently a buyers market and they should give all support to the CEO in the light of the above development/

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    What would be fair and balanced is to question the CEO before running a hot story like this. Any journalist would do back ground digging, due diligence and getting all sides of the story. I’m sure you had the ability to contact the CEO first and sau “we’re running this story, we’d like to hear your side as well “.

    Even in the US now social media blogging with agendas is replacing old fashioned print media journalism. People seek sensationalism and run to blog or post material on social media that may not stand the traditional journalistic ethics and vetting processes. Fox news is a great example of running to spew right wing propaganda as real news. I read CT and have enjoyed it. My plea, please check all sides of major stories like this. What’s the use of personal attacks on an incredibly talented senior pilot who flies the A380 and highly skilled? Issues about CEOs etc can be discussed but why personal attacks and even talking about his religion as one person did? What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?

    Thank-you.
    Respectfully
    Mano R

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    Look at the hands of the people who throw mud.
    Look at the targeted man’s background.
    It’s high time that we stop bowing down and cowing down to unions.

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    Lot of people are getting it wrong here, getting it mixed with
    Air crafts and about other things.
    The issue here is vulgar language.Here in modern world specially
    among gentlemen officially words deemed unfit are never used.

    He may be the CEO or the president, cannot use degrading language
    and threat or blackmail anyone. could be pilots,cabincrew or ground staff.

    If he’s loosing patients and ability to function under stress, might as well
    better get off.

    And it seems as there is some ulterior motives on this CEO such as pruning the
    long haul flights and trying to bring in regional operating A/C,s. The aim should be to survive and expand viably at least on known far east and west routes.

    KDC from DXB

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    Let me broaden the chat a bit for the ALPGSl & all readers in general.

    Why only the position of CEO in question?

    1/ what about the overstaffing factor? howmany old aunties and uncles are under the wings of UL? getting paid lavishly with little or no productivity to the brand/entity? Some cosmetics driven aunties cannot stand up from chair they sat to eat (with due respect to old age)… I fail to understand what value they add to company?

    2/ failed projects of Sri Lankan Air Taxi? not once but twice… did anyone utter a word?

    3/ Exorbitant ground handling charges?

    4/ Being sole ground handler at international airport (except for Fits self-handle) some staff does not know GH procedures… give a unschedule flight plan and one has to do a class for the Flt Ops/dispatchers.

    5/ How many staff around an aircraft?

    6/ Slight rain baggage delays…. behind the belt baggage is treated worse than garbage. Guess no one cares ha?

    7/ Appearance of so called ‘sobhamana guwansevika’s’….. geees…. they need a gym and a bit more to pull all that fall under the osariya.

    8/ Yes’ aircraft fleet needs serious restructuring…. be it Bombardier or ATR… who is making what decisions based on what factors on account of who’s money at what cost?

    9/ Who decides to send a 340 to on short haul? 1 hr 2 hr sectors?
    Cycles vs. Calendar life component cost factor….. responsibility taken by whom?

    10. Staff at both Ramp and terminal needs to be more responsible… appealing to passengers they need a lot of training and attitude change towards ‘airline service trade’… It is a prestige to work in an airline no doubt but from Chairman, CEO downwards to all staff at all levels should have the service delivery mentality and ‘Not to put the face of…. oh lot of lunatics have come and hence we take the burden of transporting them from A to B’.

    How many crew of air crew share a smile with by-standing passengers on their way to aircraft or coming out after flight? they walk as if they are going with tones of concentration and if looked at on ordinary person the flight path might slip through while smiling with a passenger!.

    Put very simple… will any Govt/regime allow keeping politics away and let airline professionals run a highly skilled and professional airlines on safe service delivery aspect which in return (might) deliver ROI.

    The day regimes take hands off decision making of airline and other skilled professions… Service delivery, profits/ROI will fall automatically in line.

    On such a day one will not see hash words at meetings… filth being spoken at meetings nor blackmailing.

    My urge to pilots as professionals flight for a independent and professional career.

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    Let me broaden the chat a bit for the ALPGSl & all readers in general.

    Why only the position of CEO in question?

    1/ what about the overstaffing factor? howmany old aunties and uncles are under the wings of UL? getting paid lavishly with little or no productivity to the brand/entity? Some cosmetics driven aunties cannot stand up from chair they sat to eat (with due respect to old age)… I fail to understand what value they add to company?

    2/ failed projects of Sri Lankan Air Taxi? not once but twice… did anyone utter a word?

    3/ Exorbitant ground handling charges?

    4/ Being sole ground handler at international airport (except for Fits self-handle) some staff does not know GH procedures… give a unschedule flight plan and one has to do a class for the Flt Ops/dispatchers.

    5/ How many staff around an aircraft?

    6/ Slight rain baggage delays…. behind the belt baggage is treated worse than garbage. Guess no one cares ha?

    7/ Appearance of so called ‘sobhamana guwansevika’s’….. geees…. they need a gym and a bit more to pull all that fall under the osariya.

    8/ Yes’ aircraft fleet needs serious restructuring…. be it Bombardier or ATR… who is making what decisions based on what factors on account of who’s money at what cost?

    9/ Who decides to send a 340 to on short haul? 1 hr 2 hr sectors?
    Cycles vs. Calendar life component cost factor….. responsibility taken by whom?

    10. Staff at both Ramp and terminal needs to be more responsible… appealing to passengers they need a lot of training and attitude change towards ‘airline service trade’… It is a prestige to work in an airline no doubt but from Chairman, CEO downwards to all staff at all levels should have the service delivery mentality and ‘Not to put the face of…. oh lot of lunatics have come and hence we take the burden of transporting them from A to B’.

    How many crew of air crew share a smile with by-standing passengers on their way to aircraft or coming out after flight? they walk as if they are going with tones of concentration and if looked at on ordinary person the flight path might slip through while smiling with a passenger!.

    Put very simple… will any Govt/regime allow keeping politics away and let airline professionals run a highly skilled and professional airlines on safe service delivery aspect which in return (might) deliver ROI.

    The day regimes take hands off decision making of airline and other skilled professions… Service delivery, profits/ROI will fall automatically in line.

    On such a day one will not see hash words at meetings… filth being spoken at meetings nor blackmailing.

    My urge to pilots as professionals fight for a independent and professional career.

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    When innocent students who have proved and joined as Cadets and their carrers were shorted by Lunetic Chief Pilots , Pilots giuld keep silent , they dont do nither interfer on these matters, but when it comes to saving their jobs they cry fould and ready to oust the CEO, what bloody double game theory, Pilots guild is a bunch of lickers trying to serve them selves,

    Certain Pilots fail 6 months the SIM assestments, route checks, line checks , but they still survive with the help of Senior pilots in the Guild, innocent Cadets go out when they do a small mistake in the SIM, or line check,

    during the line check time all these young and senior F/O are crawling to Senior Captains houses to get special advice and tutuin and favours to pass the SIm assestments or line check , Captains help each others freinds and boys ,, this whole Airline is full of shit and Pilots are the same.

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    Hand over Sri Lankan Airline to a foreign management company. Likewise, do that to Electricity Board, Police, Universities, and our Presidency too.

    If we don’t like the Foreign Management Company, kick them out.

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      Just as we did to Singapore Airlines and then Emirates. Smart people we are. very smart people.

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    Dear Editor of Colombotelegraph,

    I am still waiting for your comments to my questions about the proof of a secret deal?
    Or are we to confirm that CT is a gossip based website? like the multitude of others in the world?
    Can you also show the world that you have tried or got comments from the four individuals that you alleged has made a secret deal!

    Shame on you CT, again please stay above board we had faith in you!

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    Why not Sri Lanka become a British colony again?

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    hi,
    caught this late.
    for Sri Lankan, if you think about lower operational cost, and fit for size of business, Bombardier C series is a better choice.

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