Chef De Plane

SriLankan Airlines Catering will tap the market for US$ 22.5 million to fund its new in-flight catering kitchen in Katunayake. A Commercial Bank led consortium is to finalise the borrowing plan, repayable over seven years, SriLankan Catering CEO Dilip Nijhawan told Lanka Business Online
The automated kitchen will cost a total of about US$ 25 million and will be operational by September 2005, ready to prepare some 13,000 meals a day, replacing the current, over 20 years old facility. rn

rnPlans for the new kitchen also include provisions for adding capacity to cater to an additional 2000 meals a day. rn

rnAdditional capacity can be added on without disruption to normal work, catering department officials said.rn

rnBovis Lend Lease, a Malaysian company based in Australia is responsible for the design and construction of the new in- flight catering facility in close vicinity to the Bankaranaike International Airport.rn

rnNijhawan says the new kitchen has been on the drawing boards for over 6 years