KFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14734 times:
Making local aviation history, the an A380 touched down in Sri Lanka for the first time today (9th Jan). The unscheduled visitor was A6-EDN of EK, operating EK414/8JAN on AKL-SYD-DXB. Apparently the aircraft had to re-fuel and seems to have selected SIN first, but then switched to CMB - probably because CMB is right under the SYD-CMB track and provides the shortest delay. ETD SYD 2145L, actual 2320L. ETA CMB 0235L and actual 0433L. ETD CMB 0540L and actual 0526L.
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zkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1192 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14435 times:
That will have been a nice surprise for those working at Colombo airport at the time.
Turns out that while in Sydney on the outbound flight, the same A380 had a runway incursion. http://avherald.com/h?article=448fa01a&opt=0
Air New Zealand; first to commercially fly the Boeing 787-9. ZK-NZE, NZ103 AKL-SYD, 2014/08/09. I was 83rd to board.
haggis73 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2010, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9270 times:
Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 2): I wonder though, why did it have to stop for fuel? Didnt they get enough fuel at SYD to make the trip to DXB?
Due to over 1000 lightning strikes around the SYD area, the airport was on a ground stop. They took just enough fuel to get them to SIN & get out of SYD before curfew. Decided to go CMB instead midflight.