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Emirates deploys one-off A380 to Colombo


In a recent development, Emirates deployed a one-off A380 aircraft on its SriLanka route. The aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake helping Sri Lanka and the airport achieve an aviation milestone.

Sri Lanka’s minister of transport and aviation Hon Nimal Siripala de Silva M P was at the airport to greet HE Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazhim Al-Mulla, UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Emirates’ senior vice president commercial (West Asia & Indian Ocean) Ahmed Khoory.

The aircraft was deployed to celebrate BIA’s recently resurfaced and upgraded runway, the one-off A380 flight operated as EK654 from Dubai, replacing the B777 aircraft usually deployed by Emirates on flights to Sri Lanka.

The airline is the world’s largest A380 operator with 96 aircraft already in its fleet and a further 46 on order. Emirates currently operates A380 flights to 48 destinations and has flown over 80 million passengers since 2008.