26 October, 2020

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Selling SriLankan Airlines In ‘Grand’ Mother Country

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

The current cause célèbre over the position of Sales Manager of SriLankan Airlines in London is a reaffirmation of the hopelessness, futility and the sheer lunacy of hoping to run an efficient, profitable state owned airline. A state owned enterprise is everybody’s business and nobody’s liability.

The United Kingdom has the largest Sri Lankan diaspora community. Sri Lankan airlines with daily flights to London is the umbilical cord that keeps all those of Sri Lankan origin in the United Kingdom in a state of perpetual patriotic pregnancy. I borrowed and amended the curiously covetous phrase ‘permanent pregnancy’ from the Indian American émigré writer Jumpha Lahiri’s novel ‘The Namesake.’

‘Ethnic traffic’ is a pivotal component in the ‘marketing mix of the National Carrier. The Foreign Service and the Aviation industry of the ‘Mathru Bhimiya ‘are the two domains over which almost every Sri Lankan in ‘Old Blighty’ will claim matchless mastery. I make these authoritative pronouncements from experience gathered during nearly eighteen months of serving as the Manager of Air Lanka in the United Kingdom under the Executive Presidency of Ranasinghe Premadasa.[A disastrous period in my professional life]. The Premadsa Presidency is important to this narrative because, it reveals certain facets of our polity that have not changed despite the emergence of the ‘Borderless flat world’ of Tom Freidman.

The Manager of Air Lanka in London at that time had to contend with a complex hierarchy. In addition to the conventional reporting structure, the Manager was in constant contact with the Chairman in Colombo. “Venerable Walpola Rahula thero is traveling to London. His Excellency wants him well looked after. The Thero is feeble. Arrange for an Ambulift”. Done. Venerable Rahula in London tells a press reporter that Minster Gamini Dissanayake gave him a plot of land near Parliament for his ‘Awasaya’. The Manager receives another call from the Chairman. “Please don’t upgrade Ven.Rahula to business class. We don’t want complications.”

In addition to the Chairman, there was the Secretary to the Treasury who was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Air Line. His movements in and out of London surpassed the dexterity and speed of a ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’. He was consigliere peerless. It was the time that Air Lanka had a General Sales Agent in Manchester. The General Sales Agency was held by a gentleman whose allegiance to the powers that be was beyond challenge. He had been guardian to the offspring of the helmsman at the wheel of the ‘Janasaviya’ ship. This fortunate General Sales Agent was arbitrarily deducting 8% commission instead of the 3% he was allowed. The Chief Financial Officer [bless his soul. He is still around advising Sri Lankan Airlines] was insisting that the manager in UK should put matters right and recover the dues. The manager was not between the devil and the deep blue sea. The Manager was in the Devils own submarine in the deep blue sea!

The scarlet pimpernel on one of his lightning visits to London solved the problem much in the fashion suggested by some who disagree with the Government’s decision to co-sponsor the Geneva resolution. Kicking the can down the lane.

“Let him be. We will settle the matter later” ruled the financial wizard who if my memory serves me right was transiting London either on his way in or out of Washington on a Concord flight.

The “later solution never materialized’. A year later the New Chairman General Atygalle under a new President asked me what happened in the presence of the wizard. I looked hopefully in his direction. I received the pensive stare of a Sri Krishna composing the first stanza of the Bhagwad Gita. Even to this day I recall fondly the adjective the old soldier later used on me with a four letter qualifying expletive.

Then there were the London based Travel Trade Oracles of Sri Lankan origin. They all had access to power corridors, bedrooms and closets including baskets of dirty linen in Colombo. The President’s son in law and a member of the Board of Directors had links with some of them. It did not matter if the Oracles demanded concessions that made no commercial sense. The Manager was expected to be flexible and accommodative to their profound suggestions which were after all for the greater good of the country and the national interest. Their credentials too were beyond challenge. These Travel Trade patriots were experts in locating exotic pups in the British canine pets industry. They were reliable logistics handlers of dog food, motor spares and cut flowers. They also doubled up as caretakers of the St Johns wood residency of the patron of arts who sold the Mulkirigala Rock painting to a London Art Dealer.

The then Manager of Air Lanka in London had his hands full dealing with two giants in the airline business totally focused on the ethnic traffic between London and Colombo and London and South India. Their rivalry and collusion if recorded in an epic deserves the title Eleanor of Aquitaine and Lion in Taprobane.

Now to get back to the present cause célèbre. The position of Sales Manager in London was created during the Premadasa Presidency. That position was not advertised either internally or externally. The son in law of a renowned speech and drama expert who was working in Air Lanka was appointed to the position. Whom she taught speech and drama is important but non-essential to this narrative.

A traffic offence committed by the sales manager in London was highlighted during the parliamentary debate on the purchase of the Airbuss A 340 aircraft. It resulted in the recall not of the sales manager who spent a night in the cooler but the Country Manager. His cool demeanor towards the incident provoked presidential wrath and he was immediately ordered out of London. His experience has a strange parallel to the plight of High Commissioner Nonis who was virtually relived of his assignment in the Court of St.James for his culpability in exposing his chubby cheeks to be vandalized by another courtier of the court.

London is a microcosm of the macabre morals of our land like no other. The next Sales Manager in London was selected after the vacancy was advertised internally within the airline.

I believe the last Sales Manager was a permanent resident in the UK of Sri Lankan ancestry who traces his ancestry to a Great jurist who adorned our Supreme Court in British times.

Air Lines usually recruit competent nationals of the host country as sales Mangers and sales executives. No airline can survive purely on ethnic traffic. In modern aviation Air Lines must offer its products not between its home base and a specific point but as from any place in the globe to any other place in the globe. That is modern aviation. This is a point that should be known to the new CEO of SriLankan Airlines who has had the exposure to a truly remarkable world airline. [I don’t know him and I have little patience with his opinionated brother. But I think he is adequate for the job in comparison to many of his predecessors.]

In London the capital of our Grand Mother country the conventional wisdom is to appoint a Sri Lankan to sell SriLankan Airlines. It is possible that the British are not as obliging with work visas as before under EU dictates. I may be wrong. With apologies to the author of the Mahavamsa, I end this narrative written for the vicarious joy and the emotions of the curious.

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    As highighted in the article this state of affairs has always been the case with SriLankan Airlines specially with London station.With few exceptions appointments to Managerial positions at the station was mostly political and as a result their survival at the station only depended on how servile they were to their political masters rather than their capabilities.Even of the few that were posted on Merit most did not last their full tour of duty having fallen foul of various political powers of the times.Will this situation change under “yahapalanaya” ? dont bet on it

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      Sri Lanka is back trudging the international circuit with a begging bowl while nothing is being done on vital issues on JUSTICE, CORRUPTION, and ROTTEN POLITICAL CULTURE in the country.

      All the Ministers are running behind foreign donors and govts for funds which they can pocket rather than addressing issues WITHIN the country. Justice Ministry is particularly morally and intellectually bankrupt. Not a single case has been brought against a corrupt politician by the corrupt Attorney General while the Financial Crimes Unit is busy hiding and DELAYING corruption cases and distracting the public with the Seya Murder case.
      Why do you think this murder is getting so much coverage when there are so many other important corruption cases? It is a DISTRACTION! Wele Sudha is also a distraction from the big ticket corruption that is being covered up.

      The Parliament which is full of stinking corrupt crooks thanks to Sirisena and his National List is a circus, while Ranil is holidaying in Japan for a full 5 days!

      Sisisena is running after the UN to provide drinking water to the poor since his corrupt Ministers in charge of the subject will not do it. Meanwhile Ravi K is off to Peru to beg from the IMF and World Bank, and the rotten circus of politics and cheating the people continues..

      Nava gillunath ban tune is the motto of Yahapalanaya..

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      It’s good to read all these discussions and arguments but the simple question is, do we need an airline? Why throw good money after bad? Is there a leader bold enough to swallow foolish pride, cut the losses and walk away? At the rate the airline is losing money the government can afford to buy a ticket on another airline for each and every citizen of SL to go wherever they want to go. After all it’s our money!

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    Good Lord, Sarath! You MUST write a BOOK on your experiences for the “vicarious joy and the emotions” of us fools who vote out one set of corrupt rascals only to be lumbered with another mob who has taken to plunder the country!

    Please, please do write these in a book so that future generations will know the doings of their forefathers!

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      If the events at SriLankan were to be documented it would not be “‘ A Book’ but volumes.Events relating to London may get highlighted more often because of the importance of the station to the network but if only one has to look at the records at Singapore and Tokyo as well there would be more revelations.

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    Mr. de Alwis,
    The CEO designate has more than one brother , which is the opinionated one ‘you have little patience for ‘?
    Strange that although you admit not knowing the CEO designate, you still think him adequate!
    We have to have the patience to tolerate this kind of unfounded opinionated view!

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      “”We have to have the patience to tolerate this kind of unfounded opinionated view! “”

      similar to knickers in twist!!

      The body of the article connotes his personal experience as head of London office not his opinionated view.

      Its not a donkey’s delight so it may be unfounded.

      One sees the result of action in a global village not the individual physically to confirm the mans capability and ideas.

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    “”With apologies to the author of the Mahavamsa, I end this narrative written for the vicarious joy and the emotions of the curious.”

    Under the circumstances of the bestiality breed he was ecumenical and respected.

    Ethnic: The moment the Sinhalese learn to reason and lose their strong confidence in themselves, the Sinhalese will collapse.

    How can we remedy the situation??

    The critical mind is too thin and cold, thinking itself will help little and reason will be a small avail; only the spirit of reasonableness, a sort of warm glowing, emotional and intuitive thinking, joined with compassion, will insure us against a reversion to our ancestral type. Only the development of our life to bring it into harmony with our instincts can save us. I consider the education of our senses and our emotions rather more important than the education of ideas.

    Finally are we seeing another cow jumped over the moon at the dog and rat tavern?

    Blessed are the idiots for they are the happiest people on earth.

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      what on the earth is the relevance of this rant to the subject ? Is it possible the writer had this opinion of his formed earlier and thought to forward same to CT the relevance notwithstanding

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        “”what on the earth is the relevance of this rant to the subject ?””

        You never were self employed to understand perhaps affiliated to a trade union that is generally considered more than a rant but just poo.

        I have never been able to discover anything logical in English behaviour or Sinhala or in national history of both.

        Therefore your lunacy.

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          you certainly seem to be carrying some grudge against some.Though we are sympathetic,still your views have no relevance to the issue in question.Get some professional help

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            whats it??
            bestiality breed sinhala buddhist ex- aviation union crap, clerical boy stick your problem up.
            you were always more interested in pay cheque than getting the work.now you are trying to order the author of article what he should be doing.
            that what is known as working class barking dogs.

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    Sri Lankan has no future. We need to keep it going to ensure that the fares are kept competitive out of Colombo and that’s it.

    All airlines in SAARC countries are loss makers including Air India and PIA and Biman Bangladesh. We just cannot compete with Middle Eastern Airline such as Qatar, Emirates and Etihad.

    We have lost Rs 100 bn over the last few years and even when oil is at USD 45 we cannot make a profit. We could have built 100 hospitals at Rs 1 billion per hospital!!!

    The current board is sincere but the fact is our yields are low and network cannot generate sufficient scale to lower costs. Current board is not even taking board fees compared to MRs board which went to town with fees, women and wine.

    Best is to get into a JV with a fireign airline or ask the private sector to run it.

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      “the current board is sincere “‘

      Sincere in what ? not claiming Board Fees is only cosmetic.All of them without exception have their own professions to rely on and foregoing the said Fees does not make them poorer.Need of the hour is not sincerity as indicated but professionalism in making and taking the correct Business decisions.So far their actions do not seem to indicate such.

      Nevertheless as mentioned the only way for SriLankan to survive would be to enter into a Joint venture with a successful Airline(if you can find one who is willing)Otherwise it would simply be a case of pumping Money and more Money into a bottomless pit just to please the Ego of few morons

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    Oh Sarath, my former Boss in Air Paradise, so eloquent, so true bringing it all home, refreshing our memories rekindling the past, as we experience the present.

    I am reminded, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

    Opa to my ex-boss Sarath de Alwis.

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    As “Ex UL” said, all Managerial appointments to London outfit and most other overseas stations were political. The writer, Sarath says he too functioned in that position and does that “political” flavour applies to him too? I don’t know. He knows it best. I know in one instance during President Mr Premadasa’s time, a person came to London office “all of a sudden” from Colombo to assume duties as Sales Manager and later on we learned that appointment was “directly ordered” by a member of the Board of Directors and he was no other person than the then Secretary to the Treasury and now a “Guide of Yahapalanaya”. I make this statement with full responsibility. So from the beginning most of these “plum” positions in overseas stations were filled by political influence and that was and is a fact to “Live With”. Of course, there were some exceptions and those were the experienced well rounded personnel from the Head Quarters. They did well in their assignments. To their credit, those appointments were done as per the “Guide Lines” laid down in the selection of personnel for overseas assignments. That is how it MUST be done. In this present matter too, I commented earlier to stress this fact of “Recruiting the Most Suitable Candidate” from among a host of applicants, ignoring their “political” or “otherwise” connections; but unfortunately that was not well taken by many who put their “thumbs” down. May be they thought, I am in support of this candidate high lighted. No, not so. What I simply say is: Have a very open and impartial system adopted to recruit the “MOST SUITABLE” applicant and give the assignment to him/her to perform, ignoring their “political” or “other connections”. That must surely be aligned with this “Yahapalanaya”.

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    The best solution is to get professionals to run the show and leave them alone to come up whith results.That’s how the mideastern countries make profits when we are making losses.

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    The Airline should collaborate with hotels and tour groups and offer complete packages. Unless it does that already.

    The scale will not be there from just Non-Resident Sri Lankans. It should have been better left with Emirates. Although I do not think they will take it back now.

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    Douglas
    ” The writer, Sarath says he too functioned in that position and does that “political” flavour applies to him too? I don’t know. He knows it best.”

    Probably it does apply to Sarath. Sarath never sought the position in London. Sarath was quite content in Frankfurt but was compelled to move to London. His worst fears came to fruition in less than 18 months. He was virtually hounded out of London. He developed severe depression. He received psychiatric help. A loving family and a few good friends helped him recover. Thank you.

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      sarath de alwis

      Was it during your time in London that the military man got the Embassy to issue passports for VP’s family, (wife, daughter and son) went to one of those Scandinavian country where they were residing, flew them to Singapore, then to Colombo, put them up in one of those houses, and the next morning air lifted them to Vanni?

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    “This is a point that should be known to the new CEO of SriLankan Airlines who has had the exposure to a truly remarkable world airline. [I don’t know him and I have little patience with his opinionated brother. But I think he is adequate for the job in comparison to many of his predecessors.]”

    Well said Sarath I mentioned it earlier and I repeat that Sri Lankan Airlines should consider it a privilege of having Suern Ratwatte an experienced Emirates pilot as CEO. I too personally do not know Suren but who ever made the choice has picked correctly.
    And trying to link his pick to his brother Charitha is just another lopsided way of criticising the person who picked him. These critics are merely ranting because they have to rant with absolute no basis. Suren has been flying Emirates for several years and thousands of passengers lives and safety would have been in his hands so if he shouldered such responsibility running an airline would not be a hazardous task for him. Although the two branches maybe different his capacity as a pilot as a Captain whose task is to not only to fly as people wrongly believe but also administer the plane in flight and administer he must have done for miiions so running Sri Lankan will not be out of his scope
    Lets all wish him well and give him all cooperation for the airlines success.

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      it is quite obvious that your knowledge on Aviation Business and how to run it successfully is very limited or non existent

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      Just because one is a good pllot it does not make one a good CEO. If he has a degree in in Budiness and the relevant experience it is a great appointment. If not once again we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

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    Anyone remember a man names Sam Silva from Air Ceylon days? If we can have a reincarnation of him by some miracle, then Sri Lankan will be blazing the skies, again. If not, fat chance!

    Sam negotiated a bi-lateral agreement with UTA, which was a major operator into Colombo and onwards to Indo-China. We got training, aircraft, even uniforms through these agreements. Then, he tied in a fledgling Thai International to start the first flight kitchen at Katunayake. Prior to that Grosvenor Caterers were the official suppliers to all airlines.

    With Air Ceylon’s shutdown to facilitate a new racket, then called Air Lanka, we have been on a slippery slope. After all, the Singaporeans dumped all their aging equipment in Colombo and upgraded theirs. Our first 747 Jumbo lease jumped by a whopping 25 Million$ once the powers that were, got their hands on it. And why did we need the aircraft? Not to fly to London, but to Sydney!!

    Emirates was a nothing operation when they piggy-backed on UL for Asian traffic. Chandrika got a London property through the 25 Million$ transferred to EK in lieu of the Airbus purchase. That was money EK was going to lose because they could not afford to add those aircraft to their fleet. Yes, they could not afford it then. Today, they dominate the market place with an ultra modern fleet. That is what dedicated management does to any organization. Not likely to happen in Sri Lanka. Look at our conglomerates. How many MBA’s( not the polytechnic versions but the real 3 years of grind versions) are sitting at the top. There are tons of CIMA’s and lawyers in the middle management grades but the board rooms are shut tight. Until that changes, the rackets will continue because the racketeers are the same, no matter who the government might be.

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      @Upul
      “Chandrika got a London property through the 25 Million$ transferred to EK in lieu of the Airbus purchase”

      So, Victor Ivan was right after all.

      Chor Rajini and now we have an equally enterprising Chor Raja (Tsunami Hora) to make a happy couple. Way to go, Silly Lanka.

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    sarath de alwis: Thank you for your response. I really appreciate the way you explained your posting to UK. I know you were not there when that “Specially chosen” person was sent to UK as the Sales Manager. Anyway those days are gone by, but my concern is the same “Authoritative Persons” are holding “Advisory” positions in this Yahapalanaya set up too. Someone suggested, UL too should form an “Alliance” with some airline to run it smoothly and profitably. NO.We have the local talents and the “Know How” to do things; but they are not allowed a free hand and the “CORRECT” people are not placed in charge. What happened when Emirates ran the management? They were not interfered to and dictated to do things as politicians wished. They showed profits and contributed to the Public Coffers by way of taxes. Then when the “KING” took over the Presidency, for merely because he was denied a seat to travel to Colombo, he held a “Grudge” and took over the entire outfit. What did he do: HE- The King, appointed his Brother-in-Law a “STUPID” who had not even got his basic education as the Chairman and ruined it and allowed his “Prince” to make choices of people to be appointed to positions in the airline. Did not the Human Resources who received a “prestigious” award recently collaborated with such political patronage? It is detailed out in the Investigation Report of Waliammuna. Then what has this “Yahapalanaya” done? Who are the people appointed to the Board of Directors? Are they worth their salt to hold such positions? All this is stinking to the core and that is what is ailing this once well spoken Air Lanka – the National Carrier of Sri Lanka. What are we doing here? Simply discussing a selection of a person to a position of a Sales Manager in a territory. Why can’t we discuss the “Major Issues” such as the very appointments to the Board of Directors; what corrective steps are taken or are envisaged to be taken as regards a Ministerial Investigation Report that which is not even tabled in the Parliament; what this Government intend to do as regards those “Day Light Robberies” and “Mismanagement” the previous Chairman; CEO; and the rest of the Higher Management Personnel were involved in? Is it that we Sri Lankans are “Masters” in discussing and highlighting minute matters but not the glaring “Robberies” committed by the Big Wigs? Anyway, I am glad and encouraged the way these things are at least now discussed at public domain such as social media that which we would never have even “DREAMED” of during the previous regime.

    Sarath: If you agree to write a “Book” on this outfit, I certainly could provide some “JUICY” stuff from 1979 on wards. That book, I would assure you, would win a award perhaps even the Nobel Prize. I suggest this because you are a good writer. For serious consideration.

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      Douglas

      “I certainly could provide some “JUICY” stuff from 1979 on wards.”

      When did you acquire the desire for death wish?

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    Native Vedda: Thank you for cautioning me. You are correct – sometimes we get caught by this “Mirage” of freedom. Thanks again.

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      Lanka has copied it from non other than UK/USA where folk just vanish or like Assange/Snowden cannot return to normal life.
      Democracy is only for the high ups of the new world order.
      See the UN resolution by parties that have not signed the ICC India, America Russia, China.
      UN is a meeting point for milking not for any resolution and seems to be weaker than the federal EU run by the USA.
      Take care because even the occupy wall street guys have gone missing- Gota was quick to follow when he took that woman and child into custody.

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        Walt

        “Lanka has copied it from non other than UK/USA where folk just vanish or like Assange/Snowden cannot return to normal life.”

        When exactly did Lanka copy it from UK/USA?

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          “”When exactly did Lanka copy it from UK/USA? “”

          when exactly did they call it independence?? 1948!! it just gets stronger like sovereignty by the elected cajoled by stupid buddha.

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            Facebook Amazon Google are illegally allowing private data from millions of British customers to be accessed by US spies, Europe’s top court has ruled. An Austrian Mr Schrems took this matter to court as Americas national Security Agency used a program called `Prism` to spy on personal agency.
            The Indian Call centers for the American/UK companies with utilities and banking are used too and some of it like HSBC are sub contracted to Lanka. Locals have been complaining but the politicians are part of it under `terrorism` – like yesterday they showed the smuggling of nuclear material from Russia to ISIS to make dirty bombs meant for UK- they are all in it spreading the rumor so that it becomes true.
            Isn’t Microsoft taking everyone to their cloud? Who do you think creates the virus that we pay almost £80 per year to keep it clean?
            I moved to Linux and moved out of HSBC (is more of corrupt Chinese hold) which is manned by Lankan m’fu`kers who have received the sub contract from Hindian.

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    Douglas,
    Just three points.
    If Sri Lanka has the talent and the resources to operate a competitive air line the opportuday nity will not be overlooked by private capital. The Sri Lankan state priority today is to arrest the stampede of white elephants. It should fold up the two airlines. If the Swiss could do it so could we.

    Books should contain facts juicy or otherwise. I was no disciplined diarist. Mere mental recall is not enough to embark on a book. Thank you for the compliment.

    Gone are the days when a few flying machines and a flag made up a nation state. I don’t intend to make this another forum. I did persuade two or three gentlemen running their vegetable outlets in Tooting to display Air Lanka posters which they did. They were indeed really nice people.

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    Saraths narration of how UL operated is the truth and nothing but the truth.Political directives bypassing accepted norms and aviation rules were the bane of the downfall of the airline.I know of a manager who worked in Srilanka only a few years.Most of his career was spent overseas
    going down to the levels of vermin in boot licking high politicians even at the expense of dedicated staff working under him.ultimately he met his waterloo in the form of Emitates who simply rebutted his request to place hm in an overseas station resulted him in migrating to ustralia with all the loot unethically earned from UL.

    Upgradings to business class of friends and relatives of politicians directors and their own was rampant without valid reasons.Excess baggage was freely authorized loosing revenue the airline needed.

    one can go on and on but the irony is some of those very persons are continuing in senior capacities and what could you expect from them?

    The entire senior management structure should be revamped ,some relieved from their duties and more professional hands appointed in the senior ranks,

    I firmly believe that we have reached a point of no return to profitability and sincerely feel that the management should be handed over again to a renowned airline .At least the treasury will be happy with nil outgoings to maintainthe ailine.

    Let sanity prevail and the good service that we all enjoyed hopefully will return

    cheers

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    I have been living overseas for last 27 years, and 99% travel is with other air lines not Sri Lankan, not sure why we need such a lost making government enterprise, that no one benefits other than the corrupt relatives of the leading clan, do we need Sri Lnakan Air line?????

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      “”do we need Sri Lnakan Air line????? “

      that is how baggage boys/stewards etc do the smuggling for the folk with clout.

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    Sri Lankans can’t run an airline – period (or for that matter anything). No ifs and no buts. Scrap the airline. Many other countries have done so. Time for us to wake up and acknowledge that we are an easily corruptible race and our personas are ingrained with the gene of corruption. Corrupt to the core is an understatement when it comes to us Sri Lankans. Let us scrap all state run institutions, corporations and even the foreign service. And seriously let us start by outsourcing the functions of our parliament, judiaciary, schools, hospitals and the police service. I assure you we will see huge savings and real efficiency setting in.

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    A sad , bitter man who may lapse into his earlier condition of mental health if he is subjected to the full venom of internet anonymity !

    I guess opinions can only be expressed by him ?

    Much as your efforts bring some quality to CT, it may be advisable to stop on grounds of mental equilibrium.

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    there is no S sri sri sri Lankan without aelative leading clan so every sri sri srl Lankan benefits;;; is this the answer for you

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    no airline of sri lanka will survive b -cse that is the no 1 people smuggler. to evade u have to change the portfolio

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    What Mr De Alvis narrated is like a drop of water in the Ocean.
    It is time some Agency is hired to interview all country Managers( Dead are excluded) and prepare a dossier.I am sure that would give an insight to people how Srilankan Airlines ended up with Rs 130 Billion loss!

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    Australia has the largest Sri Lankan diaspora community and not England.

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      Cannot argue with that. Just to say that many of the recent arrivals will feel very much at home given the Aussie convict heritage.

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    If there’s any honesty in the government then they must sell the airlines in the stock market and let the private sector run it.

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    can he tell all how he joined then Air Lanka? Did he apply for a vacancy published in newspapers and face an interview?

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