Posted on: 11 January 2019 by Kimberley Young
SriLankan Airlines has unveiled a new Virtual Reality (VR) cinema at its Business Class lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport in partnership with SkyLights.
SkyLights’ Allosky and Skykids VR headsets have been installed in the Serendib lounge at the airport to offer passengers the opportunity to watch the latest films and TV series in 2D, 3D and 360° on individual immersive headsets.
By offering this new service, the airline aims to “transform” passenger waiting times and “set its customer journey apart.”
If successful, SriLankan Airlines may also look to introduce the service onboard its long-haul flights.
“We are pleased to partner SkyLights in our endeavour to provide a memorable travel experience to our valued customers,” said SriLankan Airlines, chief executive officer Vipula Gunatilleka. “Introducing this immersive cinema experience for the enjoyment of our premium passengers is a truly progressive step given that we are one of the first Airlines in the Asian region to adopt the service.
“We continue to embrace new technology and trends in all our service aspects to provide a unique passenger journey amidst the comforts of contemporary air travel complemented with the traditional Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality,” Gunatilleka added.
Focus adjustments on the device mean passengers wearing glasses can also enjoy the service.
For younger travellers, films such as Ferdinand (in 3D), Harry Potter, and The Lego Batman Movie (3D) will be available on Skykids headsets, which have a fun design, are easy to use and also allow glasses to be worn inside the headset.
“The lounge is an important part in the premium customer journey and to date there has been little in the way of passenger entertainment in this space. With SriLankan Airlines we secure our first deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. Together we are working to set a new standard in customer experience before passengers even step foot on the plane,” said David Dicko, SkyLights CEO.