Aviation Sri Lanka
national carrier began as Ceylon Airways in 1947.
the name was changed to Air Ceylon and expanded itís services around the
world. Services to London using BOAC Comet 4s were begun in 1962 with DC3s being
used on internal routes.
Comet 4C ~ Katunayaka
Siddeley HS-748 turbo propellers were introduced in 1964. In 1969, Air Ceylon
bought a Trident 1E jet opening up medium-haul routes.
1E ~ France
1972 a DC8-53 was leased from UTA for the London service which was painted in a
pastel blue and orange livery. Air Ceylon bought their own DC8-43 from Air
Canada in 1977 to replace this aircraft. Air Ceylon also leased a Boeing 720b
jet at this time.
The airline ceased operations and it's business in 1978.
Air Lanka began in January 1979 to take over the routes of the old Air Ceylon. Singapore Airlines leased Air Lanka a couple of Boeing 707s which were flown in full Air Lanka colors.
Photo by Paul Robinson
the 1980s Tristars were introduced to replace the Boeing 707s with Boeing 737s
(used regionally into India). Air Lanka leased Boeing 747-200s occasionally as
needed for routes like London-Gatwick although these services were usually flown
by Tristar 500s (picture below).
the mid 1990s the older Tristars were replaced by new Airbus A340s.
Lanka fleet comprised of Airbus A340, Tristar 500, Tristar 100, Airbus A320.
Sri Lankan Airlines