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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.

Colombo to welcome one-off Emirates A380

The Emirates A380 aircraft will make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake on 14 August 2017 to celebrate the airport’s resurfaced runway.

The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 aircraft to disembark passengers in Sri Lanka after completing a commercial service. The one-off A380 aircraft will arrive at 16:10 hours and be on ground for more than six hours before it returns to Dubai as flight EK655 departing at 22:10 hours.

Emirates commenced operations to Sri Lanka in April 1986 and operates a total of 34 flights a week from Colombo — 27 flights westward to Malé and Dubai and seven eastward to Singapore connecting onwards to Melbourne, Australia. The airline has deployed ultra-modern Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft on scheduled flights serving Sri Lanka.