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SriLankan for aviation training

SriLankan Airlines is looking at more joint ventures and partnerships to establish technical expertise in the field of aviation.

SriLankan Airlines will establish Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) facilities in Sri Lanka, targeting more opportunities in the aviation training segment. SriLankan Engineering as in the recent years has been positioning itself as the ideal maintenance repair organization for the region with its superior quality of work and experienced aircraft engineers and technicians ,said Kapila Chandrasena, CEO SriLankan Airlines.

The demand for pilot training in the region is on the rise and SriLankan Airlines is planning to establish itself as a centre for excellence in technical training especially in ticketing, Cargo, Cabin crew and pilot training segments. The Aviation industry currently faces a shortage of 9,000 pilots, 15,000 maintenance personnel and 100,000 non technical airline operators. We have more demand than what we can cater and SriLankan Airlines is currently in the process of inducting right infrastructure to leverage these opportunities, said Chandrasena.

SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe said SriLankan Airlines deal with every aspects of human capital from high skilled professionals to semi skilled workers. Each of them contributes to the development of the local aviation industry as well as the local economy. SriLankan Airlines has a strong commitment to develop this rising business and is striving to become a hub for pilot training in the region.

“Katunayake International Airport is ideally positioned geographically and this unique position has given the airline the advantage of serving as an extended home base for south India, Maldives and China. The airline has great aspiration to be the leader of aviation training in the region in time to come. Currently, SriLankan Technical team provides comprehensive training for pilots and engineering staff accredited by Aviation Authority of Pakistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. In our effort to making Katunayake International Airport as a hub in the region for Pilot training, we will open our second training facility “A333 aircraft training” next year, said Wickramasinghe .

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