Passengers purchasing items from SriLankan Airlines’ ‘Serendib Treasures’ on-board duty-free collection will from August 1 enjoy enhanced convenience and purchasing power, thanks to a new electronic credit and debit card system developed in partnership with the Bank of Ceylon to provide real-time processing of transactions.

Captain Suren Ratwatte, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, said: “At SriLankan Airlines, we take customer service very seriously indeed, and this is yet another innovation by our talented team in partnership with the country’s largest bank, to provide more value addition to our passengers, giving them a more complete journey by providing seamless card transactions for duty free purchases,” D.M. Gunasekara, General Manager of the Bank of Ceylon, said: “The In-flight online / real-time POS Transaction System, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, is being launched on  August  1, 2016, to celebrate the 77th anniversary of Bank of Ceylon, which is focusing on sophisticated technology in line with BOC’s digital transformation.”

The new system gives passengers a purchasing power that is equal to their card limit, and eliminates the possibility of fraudulent transactions. It also assures passengers that they are not vulnerable to card duplication or identity theft.