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Sri Lankan Airlines seeking to sub-lease an Airbus A330-200 that has been sitting idle at Colombo International Airport with one engine removed.
The A330 Reg 4R ALS, was acquired in 2017 from aircraft lessor Aercap, as a settlement against the cancellation four new Airbus A350-900 aircraft on order. The aircraft was not used because, the airline says, the cabin configuration of this 2009 model is not suitable to its current business model, as it has many seats and minimum space between seats in its Business Class cabin.
Currently all other aircraft in SriLankan Airlines fleet have two-class configuration of Business and Economy classes, with a standard of comfort seating arrangement.
SriLankan has removed one of the engines from this aircraft and fitted it to another aircraft as one of its engines is undergoing some maintenance work. These parts would be replaced prior to the aircraft being leased to another airline, once such a lease agreement is signed for the use of this aircraft.