|Founded||27 October 2006|
|Commenced operations||24 April 2007|
|Hubs||Bandaranaike International Airport|
|Secondary hubs||Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport|
|Company slogan||Yours to fly|
|Parent company||SriLankan Airlines|
|Headquarters||E.M.L Building, No/ 61 W.A.D. Ramanayake Mawatha, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka|
|Key people||Kapila Chandrasena (CEO)|
|Revenue||LKR1,700 million (FY 2010)|
|Operating income||LKR-728 million (FY 2010)|
|Net income||LKR-1,221 million (FY 2010)|
|Total assets||LKR520 million (FY 2010)|
|Total equity||LKR-5,628 million (FY 2010)|
Mihin Lanka is a low-fare leisure airline based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is owned by the Sri Lankan government. The airline operates scheduled flights from its hub at Bandaranaike International Airport to a number of cities in the Indian subcontinent, the Gulf States, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Africa. It code-shares with its partner SriLankan Airlines on several routes, as part of a consolidation exercise between the two airlines. Currently it operates three aircraft.
The airline is believed to have been named after Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current President of Sri Lanka. Kapila Chandrasena is the current Chief Executive Officer. The airline won the Bangladesh Monitor 'Best Budget Carrier' award in 2011.
Mihin Lanka was incorporated on 27 October 2006. It's three directors were Sajin Vass Gunawardena (CEO), Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (Chairman, brother of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa) and Roshan Goonatilake (Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force). It was launched without the approval of the Cabinet or the Civil Aviation Authority and its three aircraft were leased without a tender process. The airline has been plagued by financial losses, debt, waste, corruption and other irregularities since its inception in 2007.
Mihin started operating on 24 April 2007 with two wet leased Airbus A320 aircraft. It was established by the Sri Lankan government to operate services to India and the Middle East. Initially, Mihin connected Colombo with seven destinations - Tiruchirappalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Bodhgaya, Bangkok, Singapore, and Malé and Gan in the Maldives.
In December 2007 Mihin was forced to ground the A320 serving India after the aircraft's Bulgarian owners BH Air had instructed its pilots not to fly the aircraft as Mihin had not settled its lease payments. In the same month SriLankan Airlines withdrew its ground handling facilities for non-payment forcing Mihin to manually pushback its aircraft before take off and use its own staff to handle the check-in counters. In February 2008 Mihin lost of one of its aircraft, an A321, after its Turkish owners Best Air took it back for non-payment of lease. In April 2008 it lost its other aircraft after its Bulgarian owners took it back for non-payment of lease. Having lost both its aircraft the company was forced to suspend all operations in April 2008. In April 2008 it was announced that Gunawardena would resign as CEO but remain on the board. Gunawardena didn't resign but in June 2008 he was dismissed and replaced by Anura Bandara. Gunawardena went on to become a Member of Parliament for President Rajapaksa's party.
Later in 2008 Mihin leased a 19 year old A320. Kapila Chandrasena replaced Anura Bandara as CEO in November 2008. Mihin resumed operations on 1 January 2009 with a flight to Dubai. In November 2009 Mihin took over an ex Air Deccan Airbus A320. In December 2010 Mihin purchased an Airbus A321 whose maiden flight under the Mihin name was on 16 December 2010.
In September 2011, Mihin Lanka announced that it plans to serve Bangkok, Chittagong, Kozhikode, Manila and Singapore, once it takes delivery of its third aircraft. In August 2012, the airline took delivery of its third aircraft, an Airbus A321.
- Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo: The airline operates its entire route network from this airport.
- Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Hambantota: The airline operates its domestic flights to Colombo and seasonal flights to Gaya.
The airline also operates to Chittagong in the form of a luxury coach service connecting passengers to and from its flight to Dhaka, where they will board Mihin Lanka's flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
|Bahrain||Bahrain||BAH||OBBI||Bahrain International Airport|
|Colombo||Sri Lanka||CMB||VCBI||Bandaranaike International Airport[H]|
|Delhi||India||DEL||VIDP||Indira Gandhi International Airport|||
|Dhaka||Bangladesh||DAC||VGHS||Shahjalal International Airport|
|Dubai||United Arab Emirates||DXB||OMDB||Dubai International Airport|
|Hambantota||Sri Lanka||HRI||VCRI||Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport‡|
|Jakarta||Indonesia||CGK||WIII||Soekarno–Hatta International Airport|
|Mahé||Seychelles||SEZ||FSIA||Seychelles International Airport|||
|Medan||Indonesia||KNO||WIMM||Kuala Namu International Airport|
|Sharjah||United Arab Emirates||SHJ||OMSJ||Sharjah International Airport|
The current Mihin Lanka fleet consists of the following three aircraft. 1 A320 and 2 Airbus A321s. A second Airbus A320-200 (reg: 4R-MRE) was added to the fleet to replace the existing A320. The state run airline will operate two Boeing 737-800 aircraft from 2015, as of the words bychief executive officer Kapila Chandrasena said.The two aircraft is being leased from Air Lease Corporation. These two aircraft may join the fleet by June and July 2015.
|Airbus A321-200||2||0||0||210||210||4R-MRC and 4R-MRD|
|Boeing 737-800||2||0||175||175||The B737 would replace the existing A321 and A320|
The Sri Lankan government initially made an equity investment of LKR250 million in Mihin. Lanka Putra Bank, headed by Sajin Vass Gunawardena' father, also invested LKR300 million in redeemable preference shares. In 2008 the government gave Mihin LKR500 million to strengthen its financial position. In 2009 the government gave Mihin a further grant of LKR3,000 million. The government has also guaranteed two bank loans taken out by Mihin: a three year (2006–09) LKR250 million loan from the state-owned Bank of Ceylon and a three year (2009–12) LKR1,553 million loan from the Bank of Ceylon to lease an aircraft. In 2010 the government made a further equity investment of LKR2,754 million, taking its total equity in Mihin to LKR3,004 million as at 31 December 2010.
Mihin has been financially troubled since it was established. Official government figures show that between 2007 and 2010 it made losses totalling LKR5,877 million. Despite cutting its workforce from by a third and changing from wet lease to dry lease Mihin continues to make annual losses of LKR1-2 billion. It has been reported that between April 2011 and January 2012 Mihin made losses of LKR1,700 million and that the government would settle LKR2.4 billion of loans on behalf of the company. Mihin was unable to repay a LKR500 million loan it received from the state-owned Airport Aviation Services (Private) Ltd and the government had to settle the loan on behalf of Mihin. Opposition politicians have called for the closure of Mihin which they claim has lost LKR13 billion since creation.
Mihin has also been subject to financial irregularities with the financial figures it provided to Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) being contradicted by the findings of the Auditor General.
|Net Profit/(Loss) Before Tax||(195)||(3,161)||(1,300)||(1,221)|
Awards and achievements
- Low Cost Airline of the Year 2011 – The Bangladesh Monitor Awards 
- On 6 January 2008, flight MJ401 from Colombo to Dubai was forced to issue a Mayday call and perform an emergency landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai after one engine developed a severe oil leak and stopped working. Passengers were informed that the incident was due to the plane leaving Colombo without a vital component in one engine. There were no casualties.
- On 9 April 2012, flight MJ603 from Colombo to Jakarta, called an emergency landing back to Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake after about 1 hour from take off, due to a suspected fire alarm triggered on the after cargo hold. On arrival to Colombo it was found the triggered alarm was a faulty.
- On 11 November 2012, An Airbus A321-200 (reg: 4R-MRD) encountered a bird strike on the runway at Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka.
- On 30th Dec 2012, An Airbus A320-200 landed in Bahrain with a technical issues surrounded by fire brigades. After repair of flight departed next day.
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