Sri Lankan Airlines to fly to Shanghai

May 10, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines will launch a four-times a week service to Shanghai in July 2010, the third Chinese city in its global route network, the airline said in a statement. The new service will expand the airline’s cargo carrying capacity between China and Sri Lanka, with rapid connections in Colombo to Sri Lankan’s global route network, it said.

“Sri Lankan’s services to Chinese cities are tailored to pamper Chinese travelers, with flights having Chinese cuisine; Chinese movies and even Mandarin-speaking stewardesses.”

Sri Lankan Airlines’ Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said the national carrier expects the service to become popular very quickly among both tourists and business travelers of both countries.

The airline said business links between China and Sri Lanka have been growing with several Chinese firms involved in ongoing infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka, including construction of ports, airports, power stations and highways.

It said Shanghai is the world’s largest cargo port, serving China’s booming export economy and one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of 19 million.

The flights on wide-body Airbus