Captain Suren Ratwatte (Image courtesy: LinkedIN)

SriLankan Airlines today announced the appointment of Captain Suren Ratwatte as the Airline’s new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from October 2015.

Capt. Ratwatte is an Airline Pilot with over 30 years of experience in the field whose first appointment was with SriLankan’s predecessor, Air Lanka in 1984. Thereafter, he joined Emirates in 1989, where he held several positions in the Company.  With over 18,000 flying hours in a number of different types of aircraft, including the Boeing B-777 and Airbus A380, he has been deeply immersed in airline operations for many years.

Captain Ratwatte is a holder of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the author of several published works.

He is also a well-known Human Factors researcher and practitioner, having published a number of articles and essays in the field.  His expertise includes a variety of senior instructional and management roles in Airlines, most recently was the Human Factors Manager of Emirates Airlines.