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SriLankan looks to lease-out "unsuitable" A330-200

January 21, 2019 / AARON CHONG

SriLankan Airlines is exploring options to sub-lease an Airbus A330-200 that has been sitting idle at Colombo's Bandaranaike International airport for over three months. The Oneworld carrier states that the aircraft, registered 4R-ALS (MSN 1008), was acquired in 2017 as a condition of a settlement with AerCap over its cancellation of an agreement to lease four new A350-900s, under a deal cut by the airline's previous management team. It adds that the cabin configuration of the 2009-build aircraft "is unsuitable for the airline's present business model" and it was leased out to a European airline.