(FILES) In this picture taken 03 May 2007, A Sri Lankan airlines Airbus takes off from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Emirates Airlines announced 06 January 2008, that it will terminate its management of Sri Lanka’s national carrier in March 2008. The Dubai-based airline in a statement sent here said it will cease to run SriLankan Airlines from 01 April 2008, with the imminent ending of a 10-year contract. Talks between the Sri Lankan government and Emirates over the past two years failed to clinch a deal on the airline continuing to manage the national carrier. Emirates owns 43.6 percent of SriLankan Airlines and has the contract to manage the airline till March 31, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI/FILES (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images)
SriLankan Airlines has dismissed the assertion made by a passenger in a video on social media that meals are unavailable on flights. A video shared on social media showed a passenger raising concerns over the unavailability of a meal he had ordered on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight.
In a clarification, Sri Lankan Airlines gave out a statement and categorically denied the assertion on the unavailability of meals in the Business Class and cites this as a deliberate misrepresentation of facts to prompt public dislike towards the airline.
“Sri Lankan Airlines wishes to clarify that, on this particular flight, Business Class passengers were offered four meal choices as their main course; chicken, seafood, beef and vegetarian–and depending on the number of passengers, a selected number of each choice was uplifted.”
It added that like all other global airlines, SriLankan Airlines is mindful of minimizing wastage when it comes to uplifting a number of extra meals, as it is both economically detrimental and contradicts the sustainability ethos of the airline.
“As such, depending on the feedback and insights on meal preferences of passengers carried so far, the number of meals uplifted from each category is pre-decided, and the airline ensures that the passenger always has a choice between two or more.”
The Airlines noted that it is commonplace for one meal option to run out before the rest, and it is a standard practice among all carriers to offer passengers what is available.
“What is captured in this footage is a narration of such an incident where the choice requested by two passengers was out of stock, and therefore they were offered the alternative options.”
It is evident that the onlooker who recorded the video interpreted it, deliberately or otherwise, as non-availability of meals, which is both false and misleading, it added while rubbishing the video.
The airline’s Business Class meal service on the flight in question consisted of a Hors d’eouvre, salad, main course and a dessert with Sri Lankan tea, coffee and a range of local and foreign beverages served on request throughout the journey, concluding with a continental breakfast served before the arrival at the destination.
On a further note, SriLankan Airlines said that it is dedicated to accommodating specific meal requirements of its passengers at the time of booking and also has the option of pre-ordering meals for those with special dietary requirements.
The National Carrier strives to provide the utmost comfort and care to its passengers, and it will continue to work towards this mission, it concluded as saying.