SriLankan Airlines introduces 16 video games on its A330 and A340 flights
with effect from today, 1 October, 2002. This includes all sectors operated by
these aircraft, including those where inflight entertainment was not previously available.
The 16 video games have been chosen to cater to all tastes, and range from
checkers, backgammon, blackjack and poker to Galaktor, Tetrix, Magma Zone
and Busy Bee.
SriLankan's Head of Service Delivery Walter Riggans said that SriLankan
Airlines inflight entertainment has been ranked very highly among international airlines, with individual
screens available for each seat in both Business and Economy Classes.
The airline's 'ONBOARD' guide is once again one of the five finalists in
this year's AVION awards for the 'Best Inflight Entertainment Guide' conducted by
the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA). The other finalists for
this prestigious award are United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air France and Air
Canada. Prior to this, in 2000, SriLankan Airlines was second runner-up at the
Riggans said that all SriLankan Airlines flights on A330 and A340 offer, in
addition to the 16 video games, 22 radio channels, 18 video channels and in
Business Class over 30 movies in an exclusively stocked video library.
The 15 movie and TV channels offer the latest Hollywood hits, 'Gold' Movies,
the best of Bollywood, Asian, Sri Lankan & World Cinema, Sports, Comedy,
Music Videos, Drama & the Arts, Quest & Travel and a specially dedicated
children's television channel.
Catering to the wide language preferences on board, different languages can
be individually selected including English, French, Italian, German, Japanese,
Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Sinhala, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam. SriLankan
was the first airline in the world to feature Sinhala and Tamil movies.
SriLankan's Business Class passengers are pampered with a personal
in-seat video player and film library offering the best of in-flight entertainment
in 13 languages. The over 30 movies available comprise action thrillers,
comedies, dramas, romance, musicals, world cinema and Asian cinema. Eighteen
copies of each movie are stocked on board to ensure total availability.
Passengers can also chart their flight's progress with 'Airshow'. This
moving map, which reads its information directly from the aircraft's navigation
system, indicates the location, speed, altitude, and estimated time of arrival.
In addition, the forward camera, offered by only a handful of airlines worldwide, offers visitors a stunning
"pilot's eye view" of everything from take-off and landing, to the spectacular scenery en route. A downward
camera captures the sights directly below the aircraft, particularly useful
when flying over cities or mountain ranges.
The onboard radio system which is available to each passenger, caters to
the diverse nationalities of passengers flying with SriLankan. The widest choice
of music from around the world is offered, ranging from Euro charts, Golden
Era, classical and jazz, to popular selections of music from Sri Lanka, India,
Arabia and Japan. CD reviews were increased from two to six albums with effect from August 1, 2002.
Targeting the many passengers transiting through Colombo is Channel 20's
'Serendipity', a special radio programme celebrating the sights, sounds,
pleasures and infinite variety of this beautiful country to encourage them
to make a stopover on their next journey to see the country for themselves. A
newly recorded edition will be available from December 1, 2002.
On certain short sectors where headsets are not offered due to limited
flight time a selection of Charlie Chaplin silent movie classics are played and
added to this will now be the 16 video games.
The businessman has not been forgotten as SriLankan Airlines also offers
'Satcom', a satellite telephone service connecting passengers to anywhere
around the globe, at only US$ 5.00 per minute or it can be used to call family
and friends. All it takes is a swipe of the credit card.
Passengers can also send faxes from the onboard fax machine and charge
their laptop computers at one of three charging stations on board. Added to
this is also a seat-to-seat calling facility, which is totally free of charge.
SriLankan Airlines flies to Sri Lanka and beyond from Asian ports including
Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Jakarta. From Australia and New Zealand, the airline offers
connections to its own flights through scheduled services on partner carriers flying to Asia.