Air Ceylon was founded in December 1947 and
was based at Ratmalana Airport, Colombo.
International services commenced in 1949 and were operated in
partnership with Australian
Airways using two DC-4s, VP-CBD and VP-CBE. In 1950 these were
CY-ACA and CY-ACB
respectriely. The above photo is from the Bruce Robinson
taken when Keith Virtue, seconded from ANA, was its captain.
registration is not visible I am not sure if it was as VP-CBE or
CY-ACB at the time this
taken. I am guessing it was as CY-ACB. To prove its
identity I will append an
enlargement of the nose below with the name 'Ratmalana' clearly
visible. At the foot of the
page is a
reproduction (poor, but better than nothing, and possibly a drawing) of
in a 1949 magazine advertising Air Ceylon as 'The Trunk Route of the
were working into London Heathrow at the time and shows 'Ratmalana' in profile
VP-CBE. In December 1950 this DC-4 joined the main ANA fleet as VH-INZ.