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ILFC and SriLankan Airlines sign 12-year lease agreement for three A350-900s

8-Oct-2013 10:00 AM

SriLankan Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) signed (07-Oct-2013) a 12-year lease agreement for three A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft will support the airline's long-haul fleet renewal. The A350-900s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 and are part of an operating lease agreement, which has an anticipated delivery timeline between Jul-2016 and Sep-2016. ILFC currently has two A330-200s and one A340-300 on lease with SriLankan. SriLankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena said, "This would be the first time the A350 family aircraft will enter our fleet, and it marks a significant step towards the growth of the airline. SriLankan has placed direct orders for four additional A350-900 aircraft with Airbus, and we believe that this new generation, fuel-efficient aircraft will play a leading role in the airline's long-haul operations in time to come. We are indeed pleased that ILFC will be providing us with the first three aircraft, and look forward to building on the strong ties we have established with ILFC." [more - original PR]