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Name: LIONAIR
7JetSet7 Code: LIO
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: ORIENT
City: RATMALANA
Country: SRI LANKA
Employees 55
Web: sooriyan.com/lionair
Email: lionair@sri.lanka.net
Telephone: +94 (1) 63 29 98
Fax: +94 (74) 61 15 40
Sita:
Background
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ESTABLISHED IN 1993 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
ASIAN AVIATION CENTRE, COLOMBO AIRPORT
RATMALANA, SRI LANKA

SRI LANKA (DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA) (SRI LANKA PRJAYANTRIKA SAMAJAWADI JANARAJAYA), ESTABLISHED IN 1948, COVERS 65,610 SQ KM. IT HAS A POPULATION OF 19M, AND ITS CAPITAL IS COLOMBO. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH, SINHALA, & TAMIL. THE CURRENT POLITICAL HEAD IS MRS CHANDRIKA KUMARATUNGA, PRESIDENT.

JULY 1997: 22 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 15 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 12 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

PARENT COMPANY METNOKAS INVESTMENTS LTD. PREVIOUSLY A GOVT APPROVED PROJECT BACKED BY LIONVERT INC, USA. LIONVERT EVENTUALLY SOLD ITS STAKE.

DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER SERVICES TO 8 DESTINATIONS FROM COLOMBO AIRPORT.

JANUARY 1998: APPLIED FOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS, INITIALLY TO MOSCOW, FOLLOWED BY AUSTRALIA AND CHINA WITH 767 LEASED IN EARLY/98.

MAY 1998: (lionair@sri.lanka.net).

OCTOBER 1998: ACCDT: AN-24 CRASHED AFTER TAKEOFF FROM JAFFNA
PENINSULAR INTO INDIAN OCEAN = ALL 7/48 FATALITIES, AFTER BEING SHOT DOWN BY REBELS.

DECEMBER 1998: 2 AN-24RV'S (17306706; 47309301), 1 GOMELAVIA LEASED.

APRIL 1999: 27 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 15 FC & 12 MT).

APRIL 2000: 105 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 8 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 4 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 15 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

MAIN BASE: COLOMBO RATMALANA.

APRIL 2001: 105 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 8 FC, 4 CA, & 15 MT).


SUSPENDED OPERATIONS.

April 2002: 80 employees (including 6 FC; 2 CA; & 12 MT).

(Telephone: +94 (1) 632 998) (FAX: +94 (1) 611 540).

July 2004: 55 employees. (lionairsales@sierra.lk).

May 2005: Lionair (LIO) is a privately-owned charter, jet airplane operator. The airline's single An-24RV is believed to be stored.

(ICAO) Code: LEO (Callsign - SRI-LION).

Owners/Shareholders: Sri Lanka Board of Investment; Asoka Perera; Chandran Rutnam; & FILM locations.

Main Base: Colombo (Ratmalana) airport (RML).

January 2011: B Ae 146-200A (E2031, RP-C5525), wet-leased to new Malaysian start-up, Heritage Air (HTG) to operate from Melaka, Malaysia.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
LIO-HS748

June 2014:

0 727 (JT8D), 2 RTND.

0 ORDER 767, LSD? 1 CANCELED.

0 B AE (HS) 748-501 SUPER 2B (DART 536-2) (288-1807, /88 4R-LPV "LANKA'S PRIDE IN THE SKY"), (EAS) LSD 2002-09. RTND 2004-10. 48Y.

1 B AE 146-200A (E2031, RP-C5525), WET-LST (HTG) 2011-01.

1 AN-24RV (17306706, GPMELAVIA LSD, 47309301) (17306706, EW-46829; RTND GOMELAVIA 2001-04).

1 AN-26.

Management:
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CHANDRAN RUTNAM, CHAIRMAN (SHAREHOLDER).

WING COMMANDER PALITHA WIJESURIYA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ASOKA PERERA, MANAGING DIRECTOR (SHAREHOLDER).

KUMUDU K B RAJAPAKSE, SENIOR MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

 
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