SriLankan Airlines would add a second hangar to strengthen their engineering arm by the end of this year.
According to the Cabin Maintenance Manager, SriLankan Airlines Engineering Department, D. P. Tilakaratne, this would be situated near the ‘line maintenance’ office which would enable the free movement of aircraft without disturbing overall flight movements at the airport.
He said that one of the main reasons to go in for a second hangar is the high demand SriLankan Engineering is getting from third party airlines. “Our clean unblemished track record is of very high esteem and many airlines in the region including India and Pakistan send their aircraft for servicing, obtaining checks, and painting and for other maintenance work. We have already carried out over 70 third party airline ‘checks which include 56 orders from Indio in India,” he said.
He added that the current hangar could house three aircraft while the new hangar could accommodate two more. “This hangar would generate additional income to the airline,” he said.