“They even ordered eight Airbus 350 aircraft for millions of dollars without any strategic planning which destroyed your airline”… Kabir Hashim
Sri Lanka Minister Kabir Hashim blamed former President Rajapaksa regime for Sri Lankan Airlines current short falls.
In his address speech to the management of Sri Lankan Airlines, he said “national carrier have been now echoed by the current ‘yahapalanaya’ government over the last two and a half years with no action taken.”
His remarks draw lot of comments on social media some spelled their frustration, including Capt. Lalith Wijetunge, a former employee of both SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka posted on Facebook saying ” Yes but nothing seems to have happened to turn it around Mr Minister. The corrupt guys are still in whilst the rest are out! Just look at the board and some managers including HHR ! A silly joke”.
This is mainly due to the non-committal stance employed by the President Sirisena – Premier Wickremesinghe led government to date, especially after the airline was thoroughly investigated by a ‘Board of Inquiry’ led by Lawyer J.C. Weliamuna and his team in February and March of 2015.
According to colombo Telegraph;
After been taken for a joy ride in the Flight Simulator Minister Hashim then gathered the management of the airline and went on to say “I am always questioned by the opposition as to what we are going to do with the national carrier. They kept on asking if we are planning to sell it. I always said that there is nothing to sell. The only option we have is to bury it. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s have given me instructions to resurrect this airline.
He was also said “They even ordered eight Airbus 350 aircraft for millions of dollars without any strategic planning which destroyed your airline. The total loss they incurred was Rs 461 billion or US $ 3252 million. That is the cost equivalent of building five highways in the country”.
There was another issue highlighted in colombo telegraph article “However airline’s management maintained a different stance when it chose to recruit the son of a former FAU Executive Committee Member, who was below the recruitment age at the time of being interviewed and whilst following his subsequent training.”
In the mean time, there are no one showing interest in investing in Sri Lankan Airlines which is badly needed to restructure the airline.