May 24, 2024
Sri Lanka

SriLankan Airlines -National flag carrier of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Airlines formerly known as Air Lanka has its headquarters at Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The airline service is the official flag carrier of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Airlines is also a member of the Oneworld airline alliance (as of May 2014).

Background

With the termination of operations of Air Ceylon(which was bankrupt at the time) the airline was launched as Air Lanka in 1979 by the government of Sri Lanka. In 1998, half of Air Lanka was privatized because of Emirates Group’s huge private investment. This was a ten year long strategic partnership. Emirates bought 40% worth of stake US$70 million and wanted to refurbish the airline’s image and fleet. Therefore Air Lanka was rebranded and established as Sri Lankan Airlines

By that time there were already many destinations served by Sri Lanka Airlines and owned several Airbuses. In 2001, the airline suffered because of a terrorist attack on Bandaranaike Airport. However, the airlines continued to recover and expand its influence and became the largest foreign air carrier flying to India.
In 2008, the government of Sri Lanka put the agreement with Emirates Group on halt. Following close to it the new management had to sell 6 aircrafts to cover the loss of Sri Lankan Airlines. Subsequently Sri Lankan Airlines also stopped being a partner of Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program. Then they introduced FlySmiles, their own frequent flyer program. Sri Lankan Airlines has continued to be the nation’s flag carrier and to fly over 100 destinations.

Fleet

Sri Lankan Airlines owns an all-Airbus fleet of 24 great aircraft which includes:

Twelve A320. A321 aircraft (medium haul)

Airbus FleetNo. of AircraftBusiness Class SeatsEconomy Class Seats
A330-343 (4R-ALL/M/N/O/P/Q/R)728269
A330 – 243 (4R-ALA/B/C)418251
A330 – 243 (4R-ALH) 18
A320 – 232 (4R-ABL)112138
A320 – 232 (4R-MRE)112150
A320 – 214 (4R-ABM/N/O)316120
A321 – 231 (4R-ABQ)116153
A320 NEO (4R-ANA/B)212138
A321 NEO (4R-ANC/D/E/F)412176

Sri Lankan Airlines fly to more than 100 destinations all week. The countries include Australia, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bangladesh, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom, Seychelles, United States & etc.

Carry on baggage permit one laptop, one handbag, one overcoat/ blanket, one umbrella and one small camera. Go to Sri Lankan Airlines to check out the latest deals, services and to find out more information about the online booking. Economy class passengers are allowed one hand baggage weighing a maximum of 7kg. Business and First class passengers are allowed two hand baggage of 7kg.


Checked baggage permitted weight for Economy class is 30kg for one item. Infants are permitted 10kg. Meanwhile, economy and First class are permitted one checked baggage of 40kg.


Excess baggage will be charged according to the route, departure time and fare type

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Online Check-in is available 24 hours prior to your flight’s departure and closes 2 hours prior to departure time.
Business, First and Economy class, all provide the best service to its passengers.


Business Class will indulge you with delicious meals coming from a variety of options. Spacious seating with comfortable legroom, privacy and bed comfort when reclined to 180 degrees. There is also personal storage space and more knew living space. If you need anything the flight attendants will help passengers readily. Business class features 15.4 inch screens with over 50 channels and a wide array of movies from Hollywood to Bollywood. Your experience begins beyond the flight, which is from Serendib Lounge to priority on check-in.

Economy class in Sri Lankan Airlines will make you feel satisfied with its comfortable flying experience. Delicious meals with upto three choices of main courses (on long haul flights), light snacks, tea, A wide range of wines, spirits and inflight entertainment with over 100 movies to choose from for all ages. It also provides spacious seating with comfortable legroom.

Achievements

“Superior Achievement in Passenger Experience from APEX Passenger Choice Awards
Future Travel Awards 2015 for “Best in The Region”.

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