Sri Lanka’s first privately owned airline Peace Air is scheduled to take-off on 4 February – the South Asian country’s Independence Day, reports claim.
The Ceylon Daily News reports the new carrier will start by operating flights from Colombo to five new destinations in China starting with Wuhan, followed by routes to Xi, An Urumqi, Chongqing and Hardin.
From March, Peace Air then plans to start services to Indonesia targeting Umrah (Muslim religious traffic) and then to Saudi Arabia targeting Haj passengers.
The new carrier will reportedly take delivery of a new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to operate Chinese flights and then take delivery of a Boeing Deamliner 787-10. It reportedly has plans for a further eight aircraft.
Peace Air is being back by an investment of $2 billion from US and Chinese investors and is also reportedly attempting the purchase of SriLankan Airlines for $5.5 billion.