SriLankan Airlines will soon equip its long-haul fleet with Flatbed Seating and the latest Audio-Video-On-Demand (AVOD) Entertainment System, providing Business Class passengers on long-haul flights with the ultimate luxuries in air travel, the airline said this week.
“SriLankan will be one of the few airlines in the world to offer Flatbed Seats in Business Class on flights to Europe and other long-haul destinations,” said Captain Milinda Ratnayake, SriLankan’s Head of Service Delivery in the airline statement.
Two of the airline’s existing fleet of four-engined Airbus A340 aircraft and four of its twin-engined A330 aircraft will be fitted with Flatbed Seating from Aviointeriors of Italy, commencing next May.
The cabin conversion will be carried out at SriLankan’s engineering facilities at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, and would be completed by September. In addition, the existing entertainment system will be replaced by AVOD from IMS of the United States, the latest in on-board entertainment.
Capt Ratnayake said the number of tourist arrivals has been skyrocketing for more than a year now, and is expected to easily set a new record in 2010, which is projected to be quickly surpassed in 2011. “With increased demand for hotel rooms, we expect Sri Lanka to attract more and more high-end tourists who will prefer to travel in luxury,” he added.
Flatbed Seating helps the occupant to become completely flat and horizontal to the floor, providing a comfortable bed to sleep on while in flight. SriLankan’s latest aircraft – an A330 which arrived last July – already has Lie-Flat Seating in Business Class, which is almost to the standard of the Flatbeds.