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First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka  
User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15060 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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User currently offlinekingfisherfly From India, joined Mar 2010, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15030 times:

That should definitely be an unexpected surprise to all the airport and ground duty people out there in CMB.
Could see the number of people surrounding the nose gear  


User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2612 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14847 times:

Great pics!

I wonder though, why did it have to stop for fuel? Didnt they get enough fuel at SYD to make the trip to DXB?



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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14761 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



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14562 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?

It is a question for me too.

Quoting zkojq (Reply 3):
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

A6-EDN appears to have been flying on EK413/4 for the past few days. http://data.flight24.com/airplanes/a6-edn/



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14105 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Thread starter):
The unscheduled visitor was A6-EDN of EK, operating EK414/8JAN on AKL-SYD-DXB.

Did they have a tow bar for it in CMB, or was there a 'fly-away' tow bar in the hold?


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14019 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 5):
Did they have a tow bar for it in CMB, or was there a 'fly-away' tow bar in the hold?

CMB is an official A380 emergency alternative for EK, so I suppose that they already have the compatible equipment.



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User currently offlinemdtrunner From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13265 times:

Thanks for that! Great stuff. Congrats on being there to see it.

User currently offlinehaggis73 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2010, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9596 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.

Also being discussed here re: SYD curfew
Did EK Bust Curfew In SYD Last Night (by industrybuff Jan 8 2012 in Civil Aviation)


User currently offlineCX Flyboy From Hong Kong, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 6642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7982 times:

Would have been interesting landing that thing on the narrow runway at CMB!

User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7529 times:

Wow, looking at these photo's I just can't believe how HUGE the A380 is! You really don't appreciate the scale of the thing from the window at the gate.


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