REVIEW: FLYING BUSINESS CLASS WITH SRI LANKAN AIRLINES | AIRLINES


 

As a lady who has professionally developed up in the air both as a Flight Attendant and a Flight Attendants’ Career Coach today, I always look forward writing an Airline Review. The airplane is like a second home to me, counting thousands of hours in the skies; this is why I understand, I know and truly appreciate the flight services.

 

After I got chosen as one of the most influential travel bloggers in the world, I recently participated in TBC Asia, the biggest Travel Blogger Conference in Asia, which has been organised by Cinnamon Hotels. Sri Lankan Airlines took care of my trip. I was really looking forward to this experience, as this time I wasn’t on duty flying to Asia on a private jet but instead I got to experience my first ever journet to this part of the world as a passenger. So there was something pretty new to explore! 
 

My flight from Doha to Colombo was a night flight, 5 hours long which followed the first sector from Athens to Doha. So, I chose to fly Business Class – and I always do in such cases – as I can’t resist to a gourmet dinner up in the air as well as a seat-bed at 40,000 feet! The AIRBUS A320/321 is one of my favorite airplanes; maybe because I haven’t been flying on it as a flight attendant and I surely consider it as the masterpiece of commercial airlines!

 

Sri Lanka is an amazingly hospitable country. The locals love their homeland and want to convey this feeling to any visitor through their excellent customer services. To be honest, this was clear to me even from the first Welcome Aboard during boarding in Doha. I do have 13 years aviation hands-on experience and I can reassure you; the flight attendants’ smile was absolutely real.

 

Sri Lankan Airlines people know how to successfully deliver a straight-from-the-heart smile to all passengers. This can be spotted in seconds, believe me! 

 

 

THE FIRST WELCOME

 

The truth is, that you never have a second chance to first impressions and Sri Lankan Airlines really had a great success on that! The flight attendants did not only warmly welcomed me but were also neat, with beautiful hair and excellent uniforms – like a piece of art – wearing wonderful, traditional Sri Lankan Sarees. 

 

A warm, scented towel and an apple juice followed this beautiful row of events to welcome me as a Royal in my flight to Sri Lankan Paradise. I didn’t go for the champagne as I knew that a delicious menu would follow together with a glass of wine / or maybe two?

 

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THE BUSINESS CLASS SEAT

I chose s single seat next to the window for an obvious reason. Maximum Privacy is the key and my choice was overall correct. During the night, the seat transformed into a comfortable bed with a cozy fluffy pillow and a suitable to size blanket –not a child blanket of 1,20m (which is the usual option in airlines).

 

Right next to my bed there I had my personal “bedside – table” which is extremely convenient especially for me that I usually curry so much stuff in my handbag (crèmes, earphones, sleeping masks, socks, chargers, tablet etc.)

 

Sri Lankan Airlines offers a useful amenity kit as well, with a sleeping mask, socks and mini products. You got me; I honoured them all!

 

 

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THE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

 

I always travel with my own tablet with me, as a Netflix fan. However, I enjoy checking what’s on board. So, I spent some time exploring the in-flight entertainment system, so I can have an opinion over here. There was a wide variety of movies and series, both from new or classic productions, lots of music choices as well as interesting documentaries. You can also use their usb outlets for charging your device which is a huge neccessity, especially during long hauls.

But I shouldn’t forget the most important: WiFi Onboard! 

 

You have the option to connect to the WiFi, where charges of courses apply. Not very cheap I must say, but knowing already that those connections are only possible via satellite, this explains a lot. I chose the smallest package in order to upload some stories on my INSTAGRAM account with photos from my delicious menu – keep reading, it’s coming – and then, disconnect to enjoy my flight!

 

 

 

 

FINE DINING ON BOARD

The menu was fantastic and full of traditional Sri Lankan and Asian meals. I chose Vegetarian, a Thai style Vegetable Curry which was a perfect match with my glass of wine. This was a good intro to all the upcoming curries I tasted throughout the week in Sri Lanka.

 

The one thing that I fell in love with though, was the traditional dessert Bibikkan. It was like a cake made out of coconut and flour and you really need to taste it if you ever travel to Sri Lanka! 

 

 

 

The customer service was really high-level, the crew was there for all my little requests  –although I don’t usually keep the flight attendants busy as I am one too and I deeply know those midnight duties. 

 

Finally, despite the fact that it was a night flight and all the passengers were actually sleeping, I experienced a very premium service. I recognize this as an advantage of the Sri Lankan Airlines; having people in your team that truly love what they are doing is the most valuable thing for a business! Well Done!

SEE YOU NEXT TIME SRI LANKAN AIRLINES!

 


Το TBC Asia was organised by Cinnamon Hotels in collaboration with Sri Lankan Airlines. All opinions are mine, as always. Because, if it’s not right for Maryhop, it doesn’t make the edit ENJOY! 

Translation: Adriana Argyropoulou

 

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