Twitter/@appstequipmentAppalachian State helmets have been customized for today’s Camellia Bowl against Toledo.The Mountaineers and Rockets face off in Montgomery at 5:30 p.m. E.T., and App State is celebrating the occasion with some cool Camellia Bowl-themed helmets, featuring the camellia flower in the ‘A’ logo.Here is our new helmet decal for the #CameilaBowl!! @AppState_FB @appstatesports Thanks to @schuttsports and @Tucker_P for their help! pic.twitter.com/GfRTwGzumX— App State Equipment (@appstequipment) December 17, 2016I always love uniform flourishes and customizations for bowl games like this, and App State’s is pretty well done.Appalachian State went 9-3 this year, its third at the FBS level, and won the Sun Belt with a 7-1 record.According to OddsShark, the Rockets opened as a 2.5-point favorite, but the line has swung in favor of the Mountaineers, who now have a one-point edge at most sportsbooks.
The effect of this, coupled with the acceptance of several new (and expensive) aircraft, a depreciation of the Rupee and other currencies against the USD (the majority of airline costs are in USD) saw a weakening of the balance sheet. Contrary to reports in the press, the management of SriLankan Airlines pointed out today that since the unity Government was formed, the airline’s losses have been dramatically reduced. The airline says that Rs. 91.8 billion in losses suffered between 2011 and 2015 had reduced to a fraction of this colossal number by 2017.A statement by the airline said that a fuel price reduction of 2015 saw a drop in ticket prices that did not recover when fuel increased again. The runway re-surfacing project at Colombo Airport, which was absolutely necessary, also forced the national carrier to cancel over 600 flights, equivalent to two entire weeks of scheduled services, in the first three months of 2017. These factors combined to worsen the performance of what could have been a successful financial year in 2016/17. Further restructuring is required in order to reduce the cost base and make the company competitive in this extremely challenging market.The Directors and management team are confident that with the support of the shareholder, the recovery of the national airline will continue and the positive trend will be further improved upon. (Colombo Gazette) The airline says it continues to pay a heavy price for the extremely high lease rental agreements entered into by the previous government. The cost of terminating the leases on four A350-900 aircraft that were grossly overpriced and completely unsuitable for the national carrier, imposed a further burden on the airline. (One-off items in table above).The airline is now undergoing a modest recovery in revenues and is about to launch significant regional expansion. Three new destinations in India, direct flights to Hong Kong and Guangzhou and a long awaited non-stop service to Australia are all planned in the coming months.