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Global media icon Richard Quest applauds his SriLankan experience

At the SriLankan Aviation College
At the SriLankan Aviation College

SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, welcomed aboard the global media icon Richard Quest of CNN during his journey from London to Colombo recently.

He also spent many memorable moments at the Airline’s Headquarters subsequently, exploring the operational areas and interacting with staff, thus gathering fascinating facets of the SriLankan story for his much coveted ‘CNN Business Traveller’ programme which will be premiered on January 8, 2020 at 1230 pm Eastern Time Zone .

Sharing his thoughts on the onboard experience, Quest said, “The service onboard was excellent. From the choice of meals to juices it was a very good experience. The Aircraft with 1-2-1 configuration is quite spacious. I travel a lot and the reverse herringbone formation in that particular configuration provides you ample legroom which is ideal for a long journey.”

Quest interviewing SriLankan Airlines CEO, Vipula Gunatilleka during his visit to the Airline Centre

His visit to the Airline Centre began with an interview of SriLankan Airlines CEO, Vipula Gunatilleka, followed by a session at the Airline’s Simulator Centre, where he was symbolically presented with wings after a successful simulator ride, much to the admiration of the instructors.

This was followed by a visit to SriLankan Aviation College, the training arm of the Airline, where he visited several classrooms in progress and shared his thoughts with the students and instructors.

Quest visited the Airline’s flight kitchen at SriLankan Catering which caters to all airlines that operate out of BIA with a production capacity of over 21, 000 meals a day. He was treated to a spread of Sri Lankan inspired delicacies and given a tour of the flight kitchen. At the end of the tour at Catering, he was presented with a memento, a 3D printed replica of a CFM 56-5C engine.

The afternoon session saw him taking part in a crew safety drill at the slider and the pool, followed by the day’s last segment at the Aircraft Hangar, which turned out to be his personal favourite.

A great fan of seafood, he was also fascinated by the country’s culinary experience, even though he confessed that chilli is not his most favourite spice. Watch out for the latest edition of the CNN Business Traveller to find out what he uncovered about SriLankan Airlines.


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