Sri Lankan Airlines Delays/ Cancellations

Discussion in 'Airline Delays and Cancellations' started by Melburnian1, Oct 31, 2017.

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  1. Melburnian1

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    #1 Melburnian1, Oct 31, 2017
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    On only its second return trip from Australia, Sir Lankan Airlines UL605 (1655 hours afternoon MEL - CMB, A333 4R-ALQ) took off at 1737 with arrival in the Sri Lankan capital expected at about 2301 hours, 46 minutes late.

    This is a well timed flight, allowing businessmen and women to work until say 1330 (assuming they are not more than an hour from Melbourne Airport), check in and be (local time) in a Colombo hotel if all goes well by 0030 or 0100 hours the next day. UL has financial problems and has abolished some routes but chose Melbourne for its Australian foray as it has by far the largest Sri Lankan community in Australia.

    Very pleasingly, like AI it is operating daily. This may be risky during the quieter times of the year but one assumes the airline is banking on many passengers making connections in Colombo.

    One unwise timetable feature is that the aircraft has a 90 minute timetabled turnaround in Australia. This leaves little or no room for late inbound running if the aim is to get UL605 out on time, as the minimum observed turnaround for an A333 is about 75 minutes. It came in about half an hour late today.
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    I can vouch for Sri Lanka being a very pleasant place for a holiday, even if its beaches are not quite as scenic as those in say Philippines. Male Sri Lankans love to chat about cricket which many will do as soon as they realise one is not from the USA. It will be interesting to see how much passenger traffic this airline snares from SQ, QF, AI and so on, including passengers bound for or emanating from much more heavily populated India.
     
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    #2 Melburnian1, Nov 19, 2017
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    UL604 has been a good timekeeper between CMB and MEL since its recent inception, but this is untrue on Sunday 19 November.

    A332 4R-ALB is expected to arrive at 1735 hours, 130 minutes late due in part to around 1655 hours having 'enjoyed' holding southwest of Kerang, Vic. The other reason was that yesterday it went to Melbourne and back, and was similarly about two hours late arriving in CMB this morning in the small hours almost immediately after midnight.

    This will delay the returning UL605 from its normal 1655 hours departure until at least an 1850 hours pushback, again showing the inadvisability (if at all practical) of international airlines timetabling longer than minimum turnarounds at terminii.

    However apart from slot availability one further consideration for UL may have been how with a prompt scheduled turnaround at both MEL and CMB, it is possible to use the same aircraft on consecutive days for this rotation. This has already occurred a few times with 4R-ALA operating the four consecutive trips from six to three days ago, with all punctual, quite an achievement.
     
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    Thursday 30 November 2017 has UL605 (1655 hours MEL - CMB that was in the sky at 1813, A333 4R-ALP) suggested as arriving 70 late at 2325 hours.

    Since these flights commenced it has not been unusual for the same aircraft to operate two consecutive return 'Melbournes' ex Colombo but given the delay, that would mean tonight's UL604, the 2350 hours would not be off blocks until 0040 (Friday 1 December) at the absolute earliest.
     
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    One that I missed - apologies - was that on Thursday 3 May, UL604, the 0020 hours just after midnight CMB - MEL did not depart until 0800 hours with A332 4R-ALD arriving at 2151. The flight was known as UL604D.

    UL605 returning, normally a departure at this time of year at 1610 hours departed instead at 2325 with Friday 4 May CMB arrival at 0508 hours.
     
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    UL605 from MEL to CMB has had surprisingly excellent punctuality since its introduction. I say that because when I travelled on it between SIN - CMB and return, it was not timely.

    However the gusty winds and rains creating many delays out of MEL on Friday 11 May 2018 have taken their toll with the flight (aircraft A332 4R-ALC) taking off at 1847 (compared to the scheduled 1610 hours afternoon pushback) and meaning likely arrival in the Sir Lankan major centre at roughly 0045 on Saturday 12, 135 minutes late.

    Sometimes the same aircraft comes to MEL on consecutive days but given that UL604 has a timetabled departure ex CMB at 0020, that may not be the case on Saturday unless the airline lacks another A332 to operate the southbound.
     
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    UL604 Colombo to Melbourne, 14/06/2018. Was originally scheduled to leave at 00:20, delayed 1 hour by late arrival of connecting passengers from Mumbai.

    After pull back and ready to taxi, Captain informed us that there was a sick passenger that wanted to get off. Back to bridge, passenger left, baggage found very quickly and we were on the way at 02:13.

    Arrival into Melbourne at 16:45, due time was 14:40 (times taken from flightradar24)
     
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