Recruitment teams recently visited provinces in the south and central areas as well as the outreaches of the Western Province where the capital is located, an airline statement said.
SriLankan intends to carry out similar recruitment programmes in other districts.
"Thousands of young women flocked to the recruitment centres in towns such as Tissamaharama and Tangalle, hoping for a chance for an international career and lifestyle that few in Sri Lanka ever have the opportunity to achieve."
Some of the new recruits were put through a special personality development programme to groom them for work as airline stewardesses.
"Having gone through this specially designed programme, we expect them to be as good as anyone else from anywhere in this country, or even better,” SriLankan’s Head of Service Delivery G T Jeyaseelan said.
A large number of young women were selected outright for entry to the airline’s "rigorous" 65-day Cabin Crew Training Programme, the statement said.
But 27 of those who did not quite meet the required standard but nevertheless demonstrated potential were chosen for the special 'Personality Development Programme'.
In three-months a group of instructors who included the airline’s own staff and external experts in relevant fields taught the girls everything they needed to raise the level of their personalities and capabilities, the statement said.
These included English, grooming, etiquette, teambuilding, role play, customer service, and airline industry orientation.
The trainees now have an opportunity to go through the interview process for new cabin crew."If chosen, they would go into the Cabin Crew Training Programme and would need to pass several tests before qualifying," the statement said.