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First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:53 am

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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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:58 am

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  
 
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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:29 pm

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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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:38 pm

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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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:08 pm

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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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:50 pm

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?
 
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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:19 pm

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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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:06 pm

Thanks for that! Great stuff. Congrats on being there to see it.
 
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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:37 am

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)
 
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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:45 am

Would have been interesting landing that thing on the narrow runway at CMB!
 
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RE: First A380 Lands In Sri Lanka

Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:39 am

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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