SriLankan Airlines wins award for 'Innovation in Commercial Airline Cabins'
December 2017

Senaka Bandaranayake, Senior Manager Product Development, SriLankan Airlines (left) with the award

SriLankan Airlines added to its impressive list of recent global airline industry accolades when it won the ‘Innovation in Commercial Airline Cabins' award at the In-flight Asia Pacific Awards in Singapore.

Siva Ramachandra, Chief Commercial Officer, SriLankan Airlines said: "We are delighted to win this award, which recognises excellence in innovation of passenger cabins. This award is an extremely valuable one since the highlighted cabin/seat design was developed using our in house talents."

The nominated cabin design highly impressed the panel of judges that comprised industry experts who are well versed with all of the aspects of aircraft cabins. The innovative features of SriLankan's cabins included A330-300 Business Class flat-bed seats, A330-300 Economy Class seat fabric design and bulkhead designs inspired by the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. The Sinharaja rain forest, a world heritage site in Sri Lanka, is home to endemic and endangered flora and fauna, which have inspired the 'Economy' seat fabric design in shades of blue and aquamarine.

The cabin ambience is further enhanced with the mood lighting, recreating a beautiful tropical sunrise, flowing from the back of the cabin to the front to wake up before breakfast as well as in the evening flights with a Sri Lankan "fairy sky" sunsets. This transcends to sleep with the sparkling of stars in the night sky creating a unique passenger experience.

SriLankan Airlines was also shortlisted as a finalist in two other categories - ‘In-flight airline of the year' category and ‘Airline IFEC experience' category.

The In-flight Asia Pacific Awards are presented by HMG Aerospace, a leading publisher, event organiser and intelligence provider serving the international aerospace community.

A member of the oneworld global airline alliance, SriLankan operates a route network of 106 cities from its hub in Colombo, with a fleet of modern aircraft that feature flatbeds in Business Class as well as in-flight entertainment, in addition to its world class service famed for caring and warmth.