Bridport staff enjoy ‘Dream Flight’ on SriLankan

Bridport Aviation celebrated its second successful year with a dream flight for all its employees - a ‘first’ in the history of Sri Lanka that a company organised an A340 charter for its employees.

On November 15th, a SriLankan Airlines A340 - the latest addition to the SriLankan fleet, was chartered by Bridport Aviation Lanka Pvt Ltd. for a flight around the island for 241 staff members as a gesture of appreciation for valuable service to the company.

Taking off from Katunayake, the aircraft full of excited, smiling employees, flew over the southern coastline at 3000 feet, enjoying a spectacular view of the island passing landmarks of Mt. Lavinia, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Adam’s Peak and Galle. Turning north at Dodanduwa light-house, the flight skimmed the eastern coastline covering Yala, Arugam Bay, Batticaloa to Trincomalee. Low cloud cover compelled the aircraft to cross the island at a higher elevation to Puttalam and turned south ending a 2 1/2 hour flight, to return to Katunayake.

Making a dream a reality, Bridport’s Sri Lanka Director Ian Kenffield commented "it was a great way to thank our staff, combining something related to our aviation industry with a fantastic reward for their hard work and commitment".

It was a memorable moment for the national carrier as it was the first A 340 charter around Sri Lanka. Captains Rory Mirando and Druvi Perera were in control of the flight, assisted by 10 in-flight crew members who were seeing to the needs of all the passengers. Bridport Aviation extended their gratitude to all the crew members and to Theruni Ratnatunga, Sales Manager Corporate and Manique Wijesurendra, Sales Coordinator for their support to organise the flight.

Bridport Aviation Lanka is located in the BOI Export Processing Zone in Wathupitiwala, Nittambuwa. Situated in a 4-acre site, Bridport employs 250 staff and is involved in the manufacture of cargo restraint equipment for use in aircraft. Bridport recently acquired the aviation focussed AS9100 standard.