Capt. Suren Ratwatte was recently appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Mihin Lanka with effect from October 2015. Capt. Ratwatte was also appointed as the CEO of SriLankan Airlines and will take over the operational and strategic management of both airlines.
Capt. Ratwatte is a well-renowned airline pilot with over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. He began his career at Air Lanka in 1984 and thereafter joined Emirates in 1989, where he held several positions in the company. He has obtained a total of 18,000 flying hours and has operated a variety of different aircraft including the Boeing B-777 and Airbus A-380. He also has a wealth of international and local experience and is a well-known Human Factors researcher and practitioner.
Capt. Ratwatte holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, he is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the author of several published works. He has been deeply involved in airline operations for decades and has held a variety of senior instructional and management roles in multiple leading airlines.
About Mihin Lanka
Since its launch in 2007, Mihin Lanka has come a long way, becoming one of the region’s most admired travel brands. In 2015, Mihin Lanka was ranked by Skytrax as the third best low-cost airline in Central Asia and India. The Skytrax Awards programme established in 1999, surveys 18.9 million airline passengers in 110 countries and bases its rankings on product quality and staff service standards. Mihin Lanka plays a crucial role in supporting regional connectivity, and recently enhanced its offering by introducing its new Business Class service. Mihin Lanka services corporate, business, pilgrim, and leisure travellers, by providing convenient direct flights to key destinations across the Indian Subcontinent, Asia and the Middle East. These destinations include Dhaka in Bangladesh, Jakarta and Medan in Indonesia as well as Madurai, Kolkata, Gaya and Varanasi in India. The airline also flies to Bahrain and Muscat in the Middle East, as well as Lahore in Pakistan and Mahé in the Seychelles. Mihin Lanka also offers connectivity to a further 20 destinations with its code share partner Sri Lankan Airlines.