SriLankan Airlines installs VR cinema in Bandaranaike lounge

Uses VR headsets from SkyLights

SriLankan Airlines has installed an immersive virtual reality cinema in its Business Class lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

The airline has created a dedicated private cinema area with VR headsets at its Serendib lounge at Bandaranaike.

The cinematic VR headsets offer passengers, including children, a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the latest films and TV series in 2D, 3D and 360° on individual immersive headsets.

With the sleek and comfortable headsets and Bluetooth headphones, guests at the Serendib lounge will enjoy films such as critically acclaimed Crazy Rich Asians, and in 3D Spielberg’s Ready Player One in Full HD. Passengers that wear reading glasses can also enjoy the service thanks to focus adjustments on the device.

For younger passengers, films such as Ferdinand (3D), Harry Potter and The Lego Batman Movie (3D) will be available on their special headsets, which have a fun design, are extremely easy to use and allow reading glasses to be worn inside of the headset.

Skykids headsets, which have a fun design, are extremely easy to use and allo
Skykids headsets have a fun design and are very easy to use

If the new service is successful, SriLankan may also look to introduce the service onboard its long-haul flights.

SriLankan Airlines, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunatilleka:

“We are pleased to partner SkyLights in our endeavour to provide a memorable travel experience to our valued customers. 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 whereby to provide a unique passenger journey amidst the comforts of contemporary air travel complemented with the traditional Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality.”


The supplier of the new headsets is American-French company SkyLights, an immersive entertainment specialist.

David Dicko, SkyLights CEO:

“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.”

Etihad, Emirates and Air France and others have trialled the SkyLights headsets in some lounges.

About SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines is the national carrier for Sri Lanka. Its main hub is located at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

Routes: SriLankan Airlines has a global network (including codeshare partners) of 111 destinations in 48 countries around the world. Its direct route map covers major cities across the Europe, Australia, Middle East, India, South East Asia and the Far East.

Fleet: The Airline operates an all Airbus fleet of 26 aircraft:

  • 13 Airbus A330
  •   5 Airbus A320
  •   2 Airbus A321
  •   2 Airbus A320neo
  •   4 Airbus A321neo

Alliance: oneworld

N.B. Image credit: SriLankan Airlines

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