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Kumar heads Etihad

Etihad Airways (E.A.), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), has announced the appointment of Kumar De Silva as its country manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Based in the capital, Colombo, De Silva will re-establish the airline’s office and oversee its operations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
E.A. North Asia and the Indian Subcontinent Regional General Manager Joost den Hartog said: “Etihad is pleased to return to Sri Lanka and looks forward to the successful resumption of flights next month. We have an opportunity to make a contribution to the growth of trade and tourism as Sri Lanka re-establishes its position in the global arena.
“De Silva’s extensive experience in the airline industry and his indepth local knowledge will be invaluable in growing the operation between Abu Dhabi and Colombo.”
During his five-year association with E.A., De Silva set up three new outstation operations-in Colombo, Tehran and Kathmandu. He has a wealth of commercial airline experience in senior management positions at Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines and Thai Airways.
When it resumes operations to Colombo, Etihad will operate four weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Sri Lanka’s largest city and commercial capital, using an Airbus A320 aircraft.
The timing of the flights has been scheduled to facilitate onward connections from a number of key destinations on the airline’s network, including Moscow and North America.
Flight EY266 will depart Abu Dhabi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9.40pm and arrive at Colombo’s Bandaranaike international airport at 3.30am the following day. Return flight EY267 will depart Colombo on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4.30am, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 7.45am the same morning.
E.A. is U.A.E.’s national airline, based in U.A.E.’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Currently Etihad offers flights to more than 55 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

3 Comments for “Kumar heads Etihad”

  1. upali perera

    its great to hear a srilanken heading the ethihad operations in colombo. however the ground time taken for turnaround 1 hr is too much. A320 aircraft off / on loading of cgo/baggage should not take more than 35 minutes and the aircraft should be able to take off within 40 minutes. the less the a/c stays on ground is money for the company. i have been in aviation for the last 30 years and been head of ground handling for an intnl; airport. I would like to help you to achieve 40mnts ground time free of charge

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