Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Asia
Reload this Page >

Sri Lankan Airlines - business class or economy class?

Sri Lankan Airlines - business class or economy class?

Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 07:18 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sri Lankan Airlines - business class or economy class?

We are planning a trip to Sri Lanka. We will fly to Colombo from Bangkok, which is listed as a less than four-hour flight. Normally we'd buy coach for flight of this length, but have been considering business class on Sri Lankan Airlines since the price is not too, too high. Thai also flies this route, but the flight times do not work with our itinerary.

We assume the primary benefits of buying business class would be extra luggage allowance and lounge access (since what we read online indicates that many of Sri Lankan Airlines planes on these short routes do not have new equipment with an updated business class cabin). Much of what we read online seems to suggest that Sri Lankan Airlines flights are often delayed or cancelled. We are assuming that, should this happen, having business class tickets might ensure that we are re-booked first (hopefully causing the least impact to our trip).

Has anyone flown coach or business class on Sri Lankan Airlines from Bangkok to Colombo recently (or another short haul flight)? We would be grateful for advice on whether it would be worth it to pay a bit more for business over economy in this case. Thank you so much!
LosandTod is offline  
Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 11:16 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,074
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Currently, the two evening flights show 340-300 while the early morning flight is a 330-200. Both medium- to long-haul aircraft. While they may not be most updated flat beds, from the photos on airliners.net, they look quite decent. Previously generation long-haul recliners with about 55-in pitch is my guess. Much better than the typical domestic First Class in N. America or Intra-Europe business class.
rkkwan is offline  
Old Oct 24th, 2012, 04:02 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 11
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
best of luck for your trip.
myshofer is offline  
Old Oct 31st, 2012, 01:43 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thank you for your replies. If you have flown business class on Sri Lankan, could you comment on whether the lounges are worth the added cost (in case of delay especially)? Are the seats on the old aircraft (not updated) similar to Thai business class on old planes? Many thanks again.
LosandTod is offline  
Old Nov 29th, 2012, 09:54 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
My wife and I flew to the UK via Columbo on Economy which was ok as on the way out the aircraft was quite empty. I did enquire as to the cost of an upgrade which was $200 each for each leg. We could not book the UK leg and had to check when we got to Columbo. We did and they were all gone. The UK leg was not good. Very busy and cramped. It was also full on the return but we did manage to upgrade to business for $200 each from Columbo to Bangkok. It was great. The seats were comparable with Club on BA to be honest but did not lie flat. The food and service was superb. It was well worth it. We are are going home next year and I have just checked and Sri Lankan are doing a business trip to the UK from Bangkok for £1200 which is great compared to £2700 with BA. You also get use of the Business Lounge in Columbo. I would say "go for it".
robla is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
debrad149
Air Travel
11
Sep 15th, 2008 04:25 AM
RobynFrance
Europe
9
Jan 20th, 2008 09:35 PM
tinathetoad
United States
7
Oct 15th, 2005 09:52 AM
dwoodliff
Air Travel
11
May 10th, 2004 08:46 AM
Aimee
Europe
12
Sep 11th, 2002 08:44 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:08 AM.