My flight from Doha to Colombo was an overnight flight, lasting 5 hours, following the first sector from Athens to Doha. So I chose to fly Business class - and I always do in such cases - because I can't resist a gourmet dinner in the air as well as a bed seat at 40,000 feet! The AIRBUS A320 / 321 is one of my favorite planes; maybe because I didn't fly on it as a flight attendant and surely consider it to be the masterpiece of commercial airlines!
Sri Lanka is an incredibly hospitable country. Locals love their homeland and want to convey that feeling to any visitor through their excellent customer services. To be honest, this became clear to me from the first Welcome Aboard upon boarding in Doha. I have 13 years of practical experience in aviation and I can reassure you; the smile of the flight attendants was absolutely real.
THE FIRST WELCOME
The truth is, you never get a second chance to have a first impression and Sri Lankan Airlines has really had a big hit on that! The flight attendants not only greeted me warmly, but they were also groomed, with beautiful hair and excellent uniforms - like a work of art - wearing beautiful traditional Sri Lankan sarees.
I chose the single seat next to the window for an obvious reason. Maximum privacy is the key and my choice was overall correct. Overnight, the seat transformed into a comfy bed with a soft pillow and a height-appropriate blanket - not a four-foot-tall infant blanket (which is the usual airline option).
Right next to my bed I had my personal "bedside table" which is extremely convenient especially for me as I usually curry so much in my purse (creams, headphones, sleep masks, socks, chargers. , tablet, etc.)
Sri Lankan Airlines also offers a useful comfort kit, with a sleep mask, socks and mini products. You got me; I honored them all!
THE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
I always travel with my own tablet with me, as a Netflix fan. However, I like to check out what's on board. So I spent some time exploring the in-flight entertainment system so I can have an opinion here. There was a wide variety of films and series, both new and classic productions, lots of music choices as well as some interesting documentaries. You can also use their USB sockets to charge your device, which is a huge necessity, especially during long trips.
But I should not forget the most important: the WiFi on board!
The menu was fantastic and full of traditional Sri Lankan and Asian dishes. I chose Vegetarian, a Thai style vegetable curry that went perfectly with my glass of wine. It was a great intro to all the upcoming curries I have tasted throughout the week in Sri Lanka.
The only thing I've fallen in love with is the traditional dessert Bibikkan. It was like a cake made from coconut and flour and you really have to taste it if you ever travel to Sri Lanka!
The customer service was really high level, the crew were there for all my little requests - although I don't usually keep the flight attendants busy as I am too and I know these midnight duties deeply.
Finally, despite the fact that it was an overnight flight and all the passengers were actually sleeping, I experienced a very premium service. I recognize this as a benefit of Sri Lankan Airlines; having people on your team who really love what they do is the most valuable thing for a business! Good game!
SEE YOU NEXT SRI LANKAN AIRLINES!
Το TBC Asia was organized by Cinnamon Hotels in collaboration with Sri Lankan Airlines. All opinions are my own, as always. Because, if it's not good for Maryhop, it doesn't make the ENJOY fitting!
Translation: Adriana Argyropoulou
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