Lionair introduces ‘Super Class Service’ to Jaffna passengers

Lionair operating the only western aircraft to Jaffna has introduced a ‘Super Class Service’ with hot meals, refreshments and beverages.

The 48-seater British Aerospace HS 748 Rolls Royce engines, is the newest aircraft now flying to Jaffna.

The Directorate of Civil Aviation certified Lionair for domestic operations in October 1994. Since then, the airline has done over 17,000 flights to the 8 Airports in Sri Lanka and carried over 700,000 passengers to Jaffna alone.

Lionair is the third domestic airline to fly the Sri Lankan skies - the first being Air Ceylon, second Upali Aviation and then, after a gap of almost two decades Lionair pioneered scheduled domestic air travel to Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Sigiriya, Wirawila, Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa and Koggala the airline said.

Lionair operates CDE Aviation and the Asian Aviation Centre, which is the oldest flying school in Sri Lanka, operating several Cessna 152’s for Pilot training and a Piper Seneca II. Over twenty five pilots now flying for SriLankan Airlines were trained by the Lionair flying school. The Technical Training School under AVM Upali Wanasinghe, the former Commandant of the Kotelawela Defence Academy, was developed into the Academy of Aeronautical Engineering which is affiliated to the foremost aerospace, educational institution, the Kingston University of London. The Academy, in addition to the degree programme, conducts two-year diploma courses franchised by TAFFE College of Australia and conducted with the approval of the Director general of Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka. The Directorate has also approved the training of flight instructors, Lionair said.

The airline is headed by Chandran Rutman and Asoka Perera. AVM Paddy Mendis, a former SLAF commander is the Snr. Executive Director.