OD-BWH From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 406 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4415 times:
I flew on UL's A330s first in the yr 2003, and I can tell you those were wonderful aircraft, with Emirates-like inflight entertainement system, excellent cabin, etc... I was totally impressed.
A few days back, I flew the same A330, and it was obvious UL's fleet is ageing. The aircraft interior is so ageing it's vibrating.. frankly I felt the overhead bins were going to fall down on our heads. Luckily, I was sitting on the window seat so it was less likely to happen
The inflight entertainment looks a bit dated, with a thumb-sized screen compared to EK's (I know this might be the industry standard). Seats looked dirty and cushions almost coming out. But eventhough, the flight cabin service is superior. They're professional, well groomed and give a good reputation for the carrier.
I'm not sure, but I think EK did not take good care of UL recenetly as it did back at the beginning, and I hate to see UL falling down after EK withdraws from the mgmt team.
FlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4289 times:
I think UL have tailed off course lately after Emirates walked out and they are now completely run by the Sri Lankan government who's airline management experience is obviously not too good. It's a shame as they were pretty good up until a few years ago. Now they have slipped up.
AirMale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3677 times:
How is the EK/UL split up progressing?
Will UL start a new frequent flyer program?
Will UL introduce new reservation and back office systems?
In Res they use EK Mars Reservation Sys, Finance uses EK/Mercator Comet and so on.
Cloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3456 times:
Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 1): after Emirates walked out and they are now completely run by the Sri Lankan government
The management contract expires at the end of THIS month so theoretically SriLankan is still managed by Emirates. But how true it is practically I don't know. If I was Emirates knowing the end of the contract is looming I wouldn't be too bothered.
Also of interest is that SriLankan is coming out of Skywards.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30010 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3405 times:
Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 1): I think UL have tailed off course lately after Emirates walked out and they are now completely run by the Sri Lankan government who's airline management experience is obviously not too good
Yes I think thats it. Shame to see it as all my flights with UL were very good with good service.
Zizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1536 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2559 times:
Yeah I noticed the same thing back in Jan when I flew Colombo - Singapore. I am worried to see what will happen once Emirates pull out. Its obvious Sri lankan needs some investment, though I am hearing stories that Qatar Airways are interested in coming to the party....