Who is Suren?

Suren Ratwatte, FRAeS, is an accomplished pilot, airline executive and aviation researcher.

He became one of the world’s first Airbus A380 Captains, was previously SriLankan Airlines’ CEO and has also been featured in several books and academic publications.

Tag: airlines

  • Air Italy in controlled shutdown

    Air Italy in controlled shutdown

    Airline bankruptcies usually happen suddenly. Passengers are stranded all over the network and chaos reigns. Air Italy (formerly Meridiana) has given two weeks notice and will cease operations on February 25th 2020. This is an unusually prolonged period between announcement of a shutdown and ceasing flights. It appears that flights for the next fortnight will […]

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  • Indigo – the regional success story

    Indigo – the regional success story

    Indigo Airlines – India’s success story Indigo Airlines (ICAO:IGO IATA:6E) has emerged as the clear front-runner in a crowded airline space in India. With over 200 A320 family aircraft and 23 ATR-72s, IGO is the largest Indian carrier by any standard: aircraft employed, passengers carried, market share, revenue generated and profits declared. What terrifies the […]

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  • What is a LCC?

    What is a LCC?

    What is a LCC? Low Cost Carrier, or LCC, is a term used to describe a ‘budget airline’ or ‘low-fare carrier’ which not only emphasizes  low ticket prices but focuses on minimizing its operating costs too. The business model was invented almost accidentally by Southwest Airlines (ICAO code: SWA), when it was started by the […]

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  • China’s giants

    China’s giants

    China’s Rising Giants China’s evolution into a global powerhouse, with the world’s second largest economy, is a familiar story. Less well known though is the tremendous growth of the nation’s state-sponsored aviation sector, which now has a global reach. Serving the world’s largest domestic market and a rapidly expanding worldwide one, China’s main airlines are […]

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  • Airlines in the Maldives

    Airlines in the Maldives

    Airlines of South Asia – Part 5 The Maldives Air Maldives With the launch of scheduled flights to the Maldives (Maldive Islands) archipelago by Air Ceylon in 1967, the tourism industry to these idyllic islands was born. Realizing the vital importance of an air service to their small nation, the government of the Maldives took […]

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  • Air Ceylon

    Air Ceylon

    Airlines of South Asia – Part 4 Air Ceylon As already mentioned in this series, Colombo was the first overseas destination of Tata Air Lines in 1938. As independence from Britain approached after the Second World War, the Government of Ceylon decided to set up its own airline. Named Air Ceylon and equipped with three […]

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  • PIA and Biman

    PIA and Biman

    Airlines of South Asia – Part 3 Pakistan and Bangladesh With the creation of Pakistan in 1947 came a conundrum. The newly formed nation was physically split into two parts, the larger western portion comprising the Sindh, North West frontier province, Punjab and Baluchistan. This was separated from the eastern portion, which was primarily the […]

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  • Indian Airlines – a regional giant

    Indian Airlines – a regional giant

    Part 2 – Indian Airlines The government of India nationalised domestic airlines in 1953 to set up two state-owned carriers. This was in keeping with global trends, the British government having established two state-owned airlines to serve its transport needs, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) for international flights and British European Airways, (BEA) for regional […]

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  • Air India – the pioneer of Asian aviation

    The Birth of airlines in the South Asian region Part 1 – Air India South Asia as we know it today, is a recent invention. A hundred years ago, it was simply India, or “British India”. The subcontinent was united under British rule, with a patchwork of “princely states” enjoying nominal independence, but functioning under […]

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  • The “Ghost” column

    SARS all over again? Many readers will remember the outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2002, which affected East Asia quite significantly. Originating in southern China, the SARS scare lasted almost a year, with the virus infecting over 8,000 and resulting in 774 deaths in 17 countries. Fast forward A new mutation of […]

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