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.