Sri Lanka Air Force takes delivery of MA 60 aircraft
The Sri Lanka Air Force took delivery of two MA 60
passenger aircraft from China today (30th September 2011).The aircraft
became part of the Air Force inventory in a simple brief ceremony held
at the SLAF Base Ratmalana presided over by Mr. Wang Jian Feng, first
Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka and the Commander of the
Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama.
The MA 60 is a twin engine turboprop aircraft which
has a seating capacity for 56 passengers. Both aircraft which have been
inducted to the SLAF are civil registered and will contribute towards
aviation growth in Sri Lanka. These aircraft will be operated by 'Helitours',
the SLAF's commercial arm, and will offer a superior service with
enhanced comfort on domestic flights.
In addition, the SLAF's Helitours is also exploring
the possibility of expanding the area of operation of these aircraft to
regional destinations as well. Being no stranger to flying overseas, the
SLAF is confident that these aircraft will be put to good use in meeting
the ever growing need for air travel in the region.
Courtesy: Air force media