New Bird

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New Bird
31 January 2007 12:54:52
By Gayan Ratnayake

Sri Lanka’s Daya group to start new domestic airline with 19-seater aircraft

Jan 31, 2007 (LBO) A?a??a?? A new airline has been approved to start domestic operations, using 19-seater aircraft, officials said.

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Daya Aviation is a division of the Daya group, which has interest apparel, sugar manufacture, shipping and engineering.

It’s 6-seater twin-engined Beechcraft Baron, and a single-engined Piper Cherokee for private use.

“We are hoping to bring in two 19-seater aircraft to expand,” Kingsley Bernard, Daya group’s head of corporate planning and business told LBO.

The aviation activities started in 2004 with officials using aircraft to visit factories in Ampara and the Sevenagala Sugar factory.

A?a??A?Business persons from abroad had to drive for ten hours to reach Ampara,” says Captain Muarz Izadeen of Daya Groups aviation division.

“So we thought to start corporate flights just to transport our directors and managers to the factories.A?a??A?

But other companies and organizations soon started to charter their aircraft. Relief organizations also use the aircraft.

The two aircraft flies to nine destinations in Sri Lanka including Jaffna, Trincomalee, Ampara and Weerawila.

Daya aviation was a passenger transport service till last year. They now also transport light cargo.

A?a??A?We have three pilots and we make about two to three flights per day. We average about 40 flights per month,A?a??A? says Izadeen

“We now do about 40 flights a month.”

The company is looking for two more pilots.

The company is awaiting defence ministry clearance to bring down the 19-seater aircraft to start Daya Airlines.

The Daya Group established in 1984 has over 22 subsidiary companies and had a turnover of 4 billion rupee in 2005.


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1 Response to “New Bird”

  • Trevor Van Dout

    It is a well known fact that while Mahinda Rajapakse and his brothers are in power that Daya Gamage has no chance in hell of getting down even one plane leave alone two unless Daya is willing to fall at H.E’s. feet and ask for forgiveness. I hear there are no charter flights forthcoming ever since Capt. Izadeen resigned in disgust with the management and the manner he was treated which has become a hall mark of the group.

    As for Kingsley Bernard, we at the Chamber of Commerce new how much he loved to bumsuck people for his survival.

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