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Deccan Aviation partners with Colombo Fashion Week for the 2nd consecutive year
January 2010

With the 9th Colombo Fashion Week swiftly approaching, Colombo Fashion Week official domestic airline Deccan Aviation Lanka has announced special discounted helicopter charters to attendees of the show.

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Deccan Aviation partners with Galle Literary Festival 2011
November 2010

With the 5th annual Galle Literary Festival swiftly approaching, Deccan Aviation Lanka has announced special discounted helicopter charters to attendees of the festival.

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East coast becomes a hot destination for heli flights – January 2010

Against a backdrop of increasing economic activity in all parts of the country domestic airlines such as Deccan Aviation reports a significant increase in domestic flights to the north and east.

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Speech delivered by Mr Kumar Mirchandani, Immediate Past Chairman - the Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association
November 9, 2010

Today marks the end of my 2 years as Chairman and as dictated by the Constitution of our Association it is the day I hand over my official duties to our able leader Rohan Abayakoon, but first a little walk down memory lane....

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"Suppliers Count on Service, Sustainability" – Kumar Mirchandani,  MD, Apparel Sector  on  WWD
March 23, 2010

The world's manufacturers are looking to strengthen customer relationships by expanding the services they provide and moving forward with initiatives to become more sustainable enterprises...

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"Three-in-one exhibition" – Daily News
February 11, 2010

International exhibition organizer, Conference and Exhibition Management Services (CEMS) USA will launch local operations with a three-in-one expo for Sri Lanka’s textile and apparel sectors in Colombo from March 4 to 6...

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"EDB promotes ethical positioning of SL Apparel at WWD Summit" – Daily Mirror
December 2009

Kumar Mirchandani, who champions the marketing initiatives at JAAF, calls the Summit "the most important gathering in which the industry has ever participated." Sri Lanka's participation was a landmark achievement in itself, and the evident and growing global concern for ethical manufacturing practices made its involvement in the Summit even more fortuitous and timely...

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"Deccan Aviation Lanka installs state-of-the-art fleet tracking system" – Daily Mirror
September 2009

"What we hope to achieve is nothing less than ensuring that Deccan Aviation Lanka is at the forefront of investing in advanced technology and to maintain our position as the premier airline and only helicopter operator in the country", stated Mr. Mirchandani...

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"Deccan Aviation Lanka to invest $1 million on new aircraft"
– Daily News
September 2009

Deccan Aviation Lanka will invest one million US Dollars on a new aircraft to transport domestic travellers, corporate clients and foreign tourists, Managing Director, Deccan Aviation Lanka, Suren Mirchandani told Daily News Business...

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"Deccan Air ramping up investments in post - war Sri Lanka" – Sunday Times Financial
September 13, 2009

What we hope to achieve with this is to change the perception of air travel to Jaffna. Our guests have a convenient and comfortable check in location, and we take care of them from that point onwards. It's time that passengers on flights connecting our country's two biggest cities are treated to a world class flying experience," said airline Managing Director Suren Mirchandani...

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"Helicopter Flights on the Rise After War" – Sunday Times Financial
July 19, 2009

Speaking about Deccan's future plans, Mr. Mirchandani said that the company is looking at becoming a scheduled airline as apposed to being a charter airline...

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"Ready for Take Off"
Suren Mirchandani Interview – LMD magazine
July 2009

Deccan Aviation Lanka is ready to roll down the runway as Sri Lanka anticipates growing tourist numbers...

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"Restrictions on Colombo - Jaffna Air Route Eased" – Daily Mirror (Front Page)
June 19, 2009

Mr. Stubbs confirmed the new routes would shorten the travel time by about ten minutes each way resulting in a sixteen percent cost saving...

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"Favourite Group Cutting Machine Donation in Action" – Internal Release
April 2009

The Favourite Group of companies handed over two cutting machines and accessories to Sri Lanka Air Force - Seva Vanitha Unit, to be installed at the proposed Seva Vanitha Garment Factory at SLAF Sigiriya...

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"Flying High in 2009"
Mario Stubbs Interview – LMD magazine
April 2009

Deccan Aviation Lanka - the only operator of a helicopter service in Sri Lanka - discusses marketing initiatives and the outlook for 2009...

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"The Landmark marks 10years of commercial operation" – The Sunday Times
March 01, 2009

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"Beyond those turbulent skies"
Denham Schokman Interview – LMD magazine
February 2009

Despite predictions that 2009 will be the worst in 50 years, Deccan Aviation (Lanka) plans to continue with the same strategy and concentrate on its core competencies...

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"Domestic Aviation Poised for Take Off" – Daily News Business
February 23, 2009

Deccan Aviation Lanka Limited is looking at inducting a 40-50 seater aircraft to be operated in the domestic and regional markets...

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"Deccan Aviation ties up with FlySmiLes" – Daily Mirror Financial Times
February 21, 2009

Deccan Aviation Lanka recently reached a ground breaking milestone by tying up with Sri Lanka's national carrier Sri Lankan airlines and their frequent flyer programme "FlySmiLes"...

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"Garment industry would like buyers to share cost to comply with Ethics" – The Island Financial
February 18, 2009

"It is a constant battle we have with our buyers and we would certainly like to see them take an equitable share of the cost of compliance," President of Garment Exporters Association Kumar Mirchandani told the Island Financial Review...

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Favourite Holidays appointed sales agent for Jazeera Airways – Daily News Financial
December 2, 2008

Kuwait and Dubai based low-fares carrier Jazeera Airways has appointed Favourite Holidays as their sales agent in Sri Lanka...

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Deccan to meet needs of domestic tourists – Sunday Observer
August 31, 2008

Deccan Aviation Lanka is ready to enhance its fleet to meet the needs of the domestic tourism industry and assist in oil exploration projects…

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"Communications Outreach"
Mario Stubbs Interview – LMD magazine
December 2008

Deccan Aviation identifies specific target markets to raise the profile of future travel...

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The old order changeth yielding place to young and newat Apparel Exporters’ AGM - The Island, financial review
November 10, 2008

It was his pleasure to take over an honourable association founded 26 years ago. He had to do his best during his first year in office to rejuvenate and invigorate youth said Kumar Mirchandani...

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"Expanding Horizons"
Denham Schokman Interview - LMD magazine
October 2008

Denham Schokman strikes an optimistic note as Favourite Holidays spreads its wings across the seas.

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Kouni and Deccan promote Lanka by air
Daily Mirror, Financial Times
October 02, 2008

On their recent visit to Sri Lanka, 16 Kuoni agents from the United Kingdom were flown by Deccan Aviation Lanka for an aerial view of the coastal belt of Sri Lanka.

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UK travel agents See Lanka by Air
Daily News, Business Travel
October 02, 2008

On their recent visit to Sri Lanka, 16 Kuoni agents from the United Kingdom were flown by Deccan Aviation Lanka for an aerial view of the coastal belt of Sri Lanka

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"Why Productivity must improve"
Kumar Mirchandani Interview - LMD Magazine
August, 2008

Kumar Mirchandani identifies numerous reasons for Sri Lanka's abysmally low level of productivity.

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"In for the long haul"
Suren Mirchandani Interview - LMD Magazine
August, 2008

espite the prevailing country situation, Suren Mirchandani believes that opportunities for tourism's growth are considerable.

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Sri Lanka capital to get direct link to Dhaka with Best Air
Lanka Business Online
July 25, 2008


Best Air, a private Bangladeshi carrier, will start direct flights from Dhaka to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo catering to growing traffic between the two countries, an official said.

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Best Air focus on Lankan potential
Daily News
July 22, 2008


Director FG holdings and major shareholder of Deccan Aviation, Suren R. Mirchandani said that they would appoint agents and would open a separate office to handle the local operations of Best Air operations.

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Deccan Lanka bags international charter contract
Sunday Times, Financial Times
June 15, 2008


For the second consecutive year, Deccan aircraft will be utilized to transfer crew and staff of First Choice Airways between Colombo and Maldives, the local airline said.

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Deccan Lanka bags international charter contract
Daily News, Financial
June 30, 2008

Domestic airline, Deccan Aviation Lanka has been awarded the crew rotation contract for First Choice Airways, which operates flights from Europe to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

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RADE- SRI LANKA: Tea, Garments Win Buyer Approval for Labour Practices
By Feizal Samath
May 14, 2008


The ethical branding strategy would help meet consumer expectations, says Kumar Mirchandani of JAAF. "What we get is an intangible premium. We can't go to buyers and say pay more for our products because we are ethical and we don't use children, but we can make buyers feel more comfortable buying from us," he explains.

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Garment industry hangs in the balance
Financial Times
April 23, 2008

With the GSP+ hanging in the balance the industry is now looking for new locations and productions with some investors likely to move out should concessions for Sri Lanka be rejected.

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Helicopters to play major role in local oil exploration
Daily News, Financial
October 08, 2007

Deccan Aviation Lanka’s confounder and CEO Suren Mirchandani, who is closely following developments in the allocation of the 5 blocks, two of which have been promised to regional giants India and China said that his company Deccan aviation would also play a vital and leading regional role in the oil exploration game.

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The garment industry to lobby for duty free access into US
Sunday Times, Financial Times
June 10, 2007

“We will be visiting Washington from June 25 to 27 to meet US congressmen, senators, policymakers and industry, to ask for preferential access into the US for our garments on the basis of our ethical industry standards,” said Kumar Mirchandani, Chairman of the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Marketing and Image Building Committee, speaking at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and BOI, Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2007, on Friday.

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“ Deccan Aviation (Lanka) and Pakistan's JS Group sign up for "fixed wing" venture"
March 28, 2007

Colombo: In a ground breaking agreement, Indian LCC, and helicopter operator, Deccan Aviation (Lanka) and the JS Group of Pakistan have announced their intention to enter into a commercial partnership in the Sri Lanka aviation industry.

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Sri Lanka's ‘Garments without Guilt’ slogan under fire from unions
Lanka Business Online
Sep 15, 2006


“Our legal framework is really strong on labour rights,” says Kumar Mirchandani of the JAAF. “If any companies are violating standards we are willing to assist them to take action.”

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JAAF Launches Sri Lanka Apparel Image Building Campaign
BOI Sri Lanka
Aug 23, 2006

The theme of the campaign will be ‘Garments without guilt’ and Kumar Mirchandani – Chairman, Marketing and Image Building Committee stated “Our strategy is to conform to and comply with the norms of 'ethical sourcing' for its buyers”.

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Made in Sri Lanka, ethical garments
The Sunday Times, Financial Times
August 06, 2006

“What we will get, is an intangible premium. We can’t go to buyers and say pay more for our products because we are ethical and we don’t use children to make clothes, but we can make buyers feel more comfortable buying from us,” explains Kumar Mirchandani, Chairman of the Marketing and Image Building sub committee of the JAAF.

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