As we all know, tourism in Sri Lanka is on the rise. Each year, a great number of people visit the Island to explore its beautiful tea plantations and gorgeous beaches. Just recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the country for a short 10 day vacation. I flew to Colombo using Mihin Lanka’s economy class. Here is an in-depth review of my experience in Mihin Lanka economy class.
Let’s start with the positives first. The Mihin Lanka’s staff on-board was superbly dressed and very courteous. The males wore fine dress shirts with pants while the young females were attired in sarees (local Sri Lankan dress). They were helpful and smiling throughout the flight.
The meals were another plus. They were not in any way out of this world. Keeping in mind the kind of food served on gulf airlines, the food on Mihin Lanka was way better. Good news for Muslim passengers is that the food is Halal. During traveling, one just wants something that tastes half normal. Unfortunately, so many expensive airline give out the worst food. So Kudos to Mihin Lanka for serving good enough meals. However one thing that I didn’t like is that they do not replace juice with coke. For Coca Cola, passengers have to pay 1$ which is pretty odd since all airlines serve complimentary Cola. Mihin Lanka definitely needs to look into this.
Coming to the negatives now. The seats on-board are bit of a disappointment. There was very little leg space and the seat cushioning could have been better. Also, the seat covers were not clean. I wish they would pay a little more attention to cleanliness. Being a clean freak, I had issue with the seats. Even though my flight was just around 5 hours long, much of it was spent in discomfort. In contrast, when I noticed their economy plus, the seats looked a whole lot better. Even the leg space looked good.
One really surprising element was that the plane had no television screens behind seats. Considering how widespread the use of televisions are now, this struck me as really odd. So passengers could either sleep or just stare into the space. In conclusion, flying Mihin Lanka’s economy class wasn’t the worst experience but it wasn’t the best either. The airline has a lot of room for improvement.