The world’s second largest cargo aircraft, Antonov An-124-100-150 Russian Long-Range Heavy Transport Aircraft was landed at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) for the eighth time this afternoon, Airport Manager Upali Kalansuriya said.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Kalansuriya said the cargo aircraft was being refuelled and that its crew was resting.
The aircraft arrived from Karachi Airport landed at MRIA at 1.50 p.m yesterday and scheduled to leave for Jakarta, Indonesia at 3.00 a.m. today,” he said.
Mr. Kalansuriya said, there were nineteen crew members in the flight.
“The landing cost of the flight was US $ 1568, the parking cost was USD 471, the service charges were USD 3,000, 83,000 liters of jet fuel was refulled at a cost of Rs.10.17million.
The An-124 is one of the second largest aircraft in the world, specifically designed for carrying heavy and bulky loads.
It is equipped with a high volume of cargo capacity, drive-on loading ramps and a variety of built-in freight handling equipment.
The An-124 was designed for long-range delivery and air-dropping heavy or bulky cargo, including machines, equipment and troops.
Earlier, the world largest cargo aircraft Antonov An-225 Mriya landed at MRIA on April 19. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
Siripuppa Monday, 5 November 2018 22:39
Clearly this airport manager who does nothing all day, and is getting a six figure salary just to report this
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Shira Monday, 5 November 2018 22:41
However you dress it Mattala is a white elephant...
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Leel Tuesday, 6 November 2018 12:16
Since it's first visit how many aircraft has been landed up to now?
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p.nonis Tuesday, 6 November 2018 12:46
Mattala was the second Airport built for International Traffic.This is ideal for Heavy Transit flights to the East and West.This shows its capable of handling heavy cargo planes for refueling and Emergency situations.Its definitely not a white Elephant. In time to come will pick up and become the second International Airport very soon. with the changing political situation in the country
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Cynical Tuesday, 6 November 2018 15:50
sadly you are correct. I remember how majority of UL flights had to stop over at Mattala for 45-55 minutes for NO REASON AT ALL, before 2015. My bosses used to curse this delay, and generally flew another airline so they could save that extra hour. UL did this on purpose just to show that there was traffic to the Airport. *eyeroll*
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vini Tuesday, 6 November 2018 16:13
Develop Mattala as a domestic airport for local and international tourism.
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sas Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:46
When a plane lands at Mattala,it is a big story.
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REEZ Wednesday, 7 November 2018 12:17
Why don't we write this to Guinness World Record ?
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