SriLankan Airlines brings new business class to Melbourne

By Chris Chamberlin, September 14 2018

Passengers jetting between Melbourne and Colombo with SriLankan Airlines will find the carrier’s newest business class seats at the pointy end from late October, with fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every traveller.

From October 28, SriLankan’s daily Airbus A330-200 flight will switch to the Airbus A330-300, transforming the business class experience from this, with angled seats in a 2-2-2 layout…

… to this – a more favourable 1-2-1 configuration, with 180-degree lie-flat beds, based on the popular Cirrus seat as also appears on airlines like Cathay Pacific:

That’ll prove most useful on the leg from Colombo to Melbourne (UL604), which departs just after midnight to reach Melbourne mid-afternoon, but the A330-300 also brings with it inflight WiFi, likely to prove popular when travelling out of Melbourne on UL605 in the afternoons.

Jumping online costs US$25 for unlimited time and data on that flight, although if it’s just a quick email you need to send, US$4 gets you connected for 20 minutes, with other packages costing US$8 for one hour or US$15 for three hours.

While the more favourable Airbus A330-300 occasionally appears in Melbourne’s skies, this change makes that a daily occurrence, with a spokesperson for SriLankan Airlines advising Australian Business Traveller that this would continue "indefinitely" on flights to Melbourne, despite flights scheduled from March 31 2019 continuing to display the A330-200 in reservation systems.

As a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, Qantas Frequent Flyer cardholders can earn Qantas Points and status credits on eligible SriLankan Airlines fares, redeem Qantas Points on SriLankan flights and enjoy the usual benefits of their status, such as access to the Qantas First Lounge in Melbourne for Platinum-grade members and other Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers before SriLankan Airlines flights.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Emerald City

Emerald City

14 Sep 2018

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This is excellent news! This change will definitely encourage me to position to and from CMB to take advantage of lucrative ex-CMB or ex-SE Asia Biz/First return flights. It's just a shame that paid fares ex-CMB attract a measly number of QFF SCs because they are apparently in competition with QF's published CMB-MEL route (via KUL and SIN!).

Geoffair

Geoffair

04 May 2018

Total posts 45

Great,CMB is exactly half way between Australia and Europe so makes a perfect stopover or just to change'planes if the times are right.

Beach resort hotels close to the airport if you want a break and third world prices with a democratic government!

Jedinak K

Jedinak K

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Sep 2012

Total posts 213

"Democratic government"

Geoffair

Geoffair

04 May 2018

Total posts 45

Elections to get a new PM unlike some countries!

MarkivJ

MarkivJ

22 Jan 2018

Total posts 64

I love this airline, cabin crew very warm

Zapz

Zapz

11 May 2018

Total posts 13

Wow, great news Chris thanks for the update, Not to mention, lack of fuel surcharges with UL this will be a great alternative to use QF points to get away to Asia or Europe. Quick question though, Do you know how many award seats UL generally release per flight? is it too hard to redeem two business class seats as a couple? many thanks.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2950

Hi Zapz, as a Brisbane resident it's not something I've really looked into, but as SriLankan Airlines award flights can be booked via the Qantas website, you'll be able to see for yourself by searching for flights.

Zapz

Zapz

11 May 2018

Total posts 13

Thanks for the response. Yes, that's right, I was able to find a single business class availability most of the time through the Qantas website but never, two seats. Perhaps, UL only releases one award seat per flight hmm.

icie_lynx

icie_lynx

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Jun 2018

Total posts 2

I often see three reward seats on Sri Lankan airlines so they def release pairs.

Zapz

Zapz

11 May 2018

Total posts 13

thanks for the reply, would you mind asking how early do you search?

Thanks

akronflyer

akronflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 99

A favourite Airline , I always order their Sri Lankan Breakfast

Its great.You can get some great fares ex CMB .Worth taking a positioning flight to CMB and buying a single ticket from CMB back to Australia

Good Status runs as well CMB -Singapore 80 QF sc etc

mad_atta

mad_atta

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Jul 2018

Total posts 11

The older style business class on their 332s is fully flat not angled flat. That photo just shows the seats in various degrees of recline but they do go fully flat. However they are slightly odd seats (you feel quite exposed and weirdly high up when in bed mode) so the A333 product will be a very welcome upgrade.

I agree with comments about UL being a great airline - really, really lovely cabin staff, excellent service and delicious food. And yep, I'm another fan of the Sri Lankan breakfast, and the crew act almost as if it's a compliment when a Westerner selects the Sri Lankan breakfast option :)

akronflyer

akronflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 99

Sri Lankan have great fares ex CMB

Eg Colombo -Melbourne UL then QF to Syd for $1590 next March one way

New York State

New York State

06 Oct 2018

Total posts 9

I can’t purchase tickets departing from MEL but booking flights into MEL has no issues. Very odd.

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