Jan 10, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, in partnership with immersive entertainment specialist SkyLights, today unveiled a new Virtual Reality (VR) cinema at its Business Class lounge.
Installed in the Serendib lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport, SkyLights' Allosky and Skykids cinematic VR headsets offer passengers the unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the latest films and TV series in 2D, 3D and 360° on individual immersive headsets.
In offering this innovate new service, the leading national carrier looks to transform passenger-waiting times and set its customer journey apart. If deemed successful, SriLankan Airlines may also look to introduce the service onboard its long-haul flights.
SkyLights is an American-French company pioneering VR as passenger entertainment in-flight and in the lounge. Recognizing its expertise in the field, SriLankan Airlines selected SkyLights' Allosky and Skykids solutions to create a dedicated private cinema area as a new type of guest experience including children entertained during their stay at the lounge.
SriLankan Airlines, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunatilleka said, "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."
With the sleek and comfortable Allosky 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. Furthermore, passengers that wear reading glasses are not excluded from enjoying the service thanks to focus adjustments on the device.
For younger travelers, films such as Ferdinand (3D), Harry Potter and The Lego Batman Movie (3D) will be available on Skykids headsets, which have a fun design, are extremely easy to use and allow reading glasses to be worn inside of 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.