* SriLankan's FlySmiLes extends deadline to transfer existing points
Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 20:49 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. Aug 07, Colombo: FlySmiLes, the new frequent flyer rewards programme of SriLankan Airlines, has extended the time period for members of Skywards, the airline's previous frequent flyer programme to transfer their points, up to 15th August 2008.
SriLankan Airlines launched FlySmiLes in March as its partnership with Skywards ended. Existing Skywards Members were given a choice of transferring their points (known as Miles) in full or part to FlySmiLes.
Skywards and Sky Surfers members who wish to transfer points can forward a request to Skywards or the nearest Emirates office on or before 15th August.
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Mumbai: SriLankan Airlines has announced the launch of its 'Online Check-in' facility for passengers traveling on the airline from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi. It said New Delhi has become the first overseas station where it has introduced the facility. SriLankan said that 'Online Check-in' opens 24 hours before a flight and continues up to two hours before a flight. It is possible to check-in groups of passengers as well if the required information and reference numbers are available.
According to the airline, a passenger simply needs to visit SriLankan's website www.srilankan.aero and click on ''Online Check-in.'' The next step is to merely key in four simple entries - name, airport, flight number and booking reference number. The system will automatically assign a seat, which the passenger can change through a user-friendly chart that shows the aircraft's seating plan, identifying reserved seats in a different colour.
The boarding pass is then displayed on the screen, with all necessary details. Passengers can take a printout of their boarding pass, although it is not required since they can produce the e-ticket at the airport and receive a printout of the boarding pass from SriLankan staff. Passengers can then proceed directly to the Online Check-in counter.
Currently, passengers who require special care such as infants and wheelchair passengers will continue to be handled by SriLankan staff, and not through the on-line system.
''India is an important market for us and Online Check-in is a major initiative that is part of our ongoing plans to improve the services for everyone travelling on SriLankan Airlines,'' said Senaka Fernando, SriLankan's regional manager, Indian subcontinent and the Maldives.