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User currently offlineDINO From Belgium, joined Feb 2001, 10 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

Hello,

I would like to go to Colombo in June. My travel agency proposes me to travel with Sri Lankan Airlines. Is there anyone who has some feedback of this company? Service and safety wise?

Thank you,

Dino

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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7612 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

Well you can always check www.aviation-safety.net

However, I do think that they have had any safety related crashes since 1992. That was as Air Lanka.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

I've flown UL 6 times so far - 3x on 343, 3x on 332 - and I can say that it was, overall, very good. You should have no problems whatever. It is, without any doubt, the best or second best (after 9W) in the Indian Subcontinent. However, I believe that it has faced quite severe problems recently, for instance due to the tsunami, etc., so I hope that this hasn't adversely affected it.

[Edited 2006-01-24 14:25:58]


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User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

Quoting DINO (Thread starter):
DINO

They are owned by Emirates so I think it should be a good experience.
Have a read of some reviews:
http://www.airlinequality.com

They operate modern aircraft, A340s, A330s, A320s with PTVs in each seat:

A340:

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Economy Class:

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[Edited 2006-01-24 14:29:29]

User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5099 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
It is, without any doubt, the best or second best (after 9W) in the Indian Subcontinent.

= Right on the mark. Hands down, the second best in the Indian sub-continent after 9W. UL is a magnificient airline and much better than semi-parent EK. Trust me, their service is significantly better than almost all European carriers. Finally, any airline that puts a brave face, smiles, and does their job in an extremely difficult national and operating market wins my respect hands down.

Fly them. You won't regret.

Cheers,
A.



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 4):
UL is a magnificient airline and much better than semi-parent EK.

I wouldn't go so far as to say it's better than EK in terms of EK's new IFE and brilliant seats (unless UL has both now), although EK's older IFE and not-so-good chairs (on its 332 machines) are as good as, or worse than, UL's. I can't remember whether the IFE is the same on UL and is the old system with EK.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5099 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 5):
I wouldn't go so far as to say it's better than EK in terms of EK's new IFE and brilliant seats (unless UL has both now), although EK's older IFE and not-so-good chairs (on its 332 machines) are as good as, or worse than, UL's. I can't remember whether the IFE is the same on UL and is the old system with EK.

= Well, I would  Smile - crew on UL is better than EK. In terms of IFE and upgraded seats, I agree with you - new EK product is better than old EK. But then again, on routing to CMB, I am sure EK does not give the new product. Hence, a comparison with the old.

-A.



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User currently offlineLexer From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

Great airline, flew them many times when I lived in Colombo. I was upgraded by a purser once upon taking my assigned seat in economy class, probably in a case of 'reverse racism' - if that's the word ("sir, there is much more space for you in the front!"). Their new Airbus fleet certainly has all the modern amenities, particularly in Biz-class

User currently offlineEksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1305 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3702 times:
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Quoting DINO (Thread starter):
Hello,

I would like to go to Colombo in June. My travel agency proposes me to travel with Sri Lankan Airlines. Is there anyone who has some feedback of this company? Service and safety wise?

Thank you,

Dino

1) I have traveled the LHR-CMB,ZRH-MLE-CMB,ZRH-CMB and the reverse many times with UL. Also done it with EK however I found UL superior in service and comfort. I recommend them to everyone who asks.

2) Safety is not a concern as they fly a new Airbus fleet of A340s and A330s for long haul. They have yet to loose an aircraft in flight. The incidents listed to them were part of collateral damage due to a terrorist attack at CMB. This is obviously a freak event that can happen anywhere in the current times we live in.

3) Sri lankan is merely the new branding of an airline that is almost 50 years old. They were known as Air Ceylon, Air Lanka and now...Sri Lankan. This new identity has been very very successful

4) EK management runs the operation but does not own the majority of the airline. The Sri Lanka gov has the majority stake. The sale of 40% shares to EK was merely a financial deal in privatization of a national airline with a win-win situation for both sides.

Have a nice trip!

 Smile



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User currently offlineDINO From Belgium, joined Feb 2001, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

Thank you all for the nice replies!!!

My trip is booked with Sri Lankan Airlines!!!


Dino


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Good choice!

I would have also rather gone on UL than EK. Flew UL several times in the past and the are at least as good as EK if not better:
ZRH MLE 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALA UL546 Y
MLE CMB 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALA UL546 Y
CMB MLE 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADB UL501 Y
MLE CMB 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADB UL106 Y
CMB ZRH 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALD UL547 Y
ZRH FRA 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADF UL554 Y
FRA CMB 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADF UL554 Y
CMB MLE 320 Airbus 320-231 4R-ABD UL101 Y
MLE CMB 320 Airbus 320-231 4R-ABD UL102 C
CMB ZRH 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALC UL545 C
ZRH FRA 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADA UL554 Y
FRA CMB 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADA UL554 Y
CMB CDG 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADC UL563 Y
ZRH FRA 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADA UL554 Y
FRA CMB 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADA UL554 Y
CMB ZRH 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALC UL547 Y
ZRH CMB 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALD UL548 Y
CMB MAA 320 Airbus 320-231 4R-ABD UL123 Y
COK CMB 320 Airbus 320-231 4R-ABB UL166 Y
CMB ZRH 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALA UL547 Y
ZRH MLE 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALA UL546 C
MLE NRT 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADC UL460 Y
ZRH FRA 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALC UL548 C
FRA CMB 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALC UL548 C
CMB KUL 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALD UL312 C
KUL CMB 343 Airbus 340-311 4R-ADA UL316 C
CMB ZRH 332 Airbus 330-243 4R-ALB UL545 Y

Quoting Eksath (Reply 8):
3) Sri lankan is merely the new branding of an airline that is almost 50 years old. They were known as Air Ceylon, Air Lanka and now...Sri Lankan. This new identity has been very very successful

Air Ceylon is a different company and has absolutely nothing to do with SriLankan or AirLanka. AirLanka was founded in 1979 and SriLankan Airlines had it's 25 anniversary in 2004.

Quoting Lexer (Reply 7):
Their new Airbus fleet certainly has all the modern amenities, particularly in Biz-class

Business Class should have been upgraded already a few years ago but if not mistaken, it still contains the same seats as on EK 332. The only difference is, that with EK you have a 2-3-2 abrest and with UL it's only a 2-2-2.



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