World’s second largest cargo aircraft at MRIA

31 July 2018 11:28 pm - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The world’s second largest cargo aircraft, Antonov An-124 Ruslan, landed at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) 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.

“It is iconic to have the world’s second-largest aircraft at MRIA and it is the first time that this type of aircraft arrived in the country. The aircraft arrived from Indonesia and had scheduled to leave for Muscat at 1.40 a.m. tomorrow,” he said.

Mr Kalansuriya said, there were nineteen crew members in the flight. The aircraft landed empty.

The An-124 is one of the 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 jet was manufactured between 1982 and 2014, and in total 55 were built. There are currently 26 civilian models in operation.

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.

That aircraft arrived from Kuala Lumpur and left for Karachi, Pakistan. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 15

  • observer Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:46 PM

    The second biggest cargo aircraft lands empty ???

    Rohantha Wednesday, 01 August 2018 06:27 AM

    For mattala , landing of an aircraft is NEWS

    Yeti Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:09 AM

    What will the real jumbos say?

    ANTON Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:23 AM


    dakune koluwa Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:29 AM

    what did the country gain from this in terms of economy

    ANTON Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:32 AM


    Dan Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:32 AM

    I was made to understand that Mattala is for Peacocks and Elephants..and to store Paddy...what the heck is this..????

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 01 August 2018 10:23 AM

    Why is the airport still bearing the name of a criminal dictator? Not a good advertisement for the country.

    Coconut Republic Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:31 PM

    It has brought in all the shopping done by the 3 musketeer, who are in Russia!

    Thusara Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:46 PM

    Definitely this is an airport which could have been developed to a high level. But current government doesn't like it, since it is a creation of RAJAPAKSHAS...

    Sofia Wednesday, 01 August 2018 04:39 PM

    You can develop an airport physically but to develop it to be a commercial success there must be reason for planes to come. This is in the wilderness and not commercially viable.

    Brainmaster Wednesday, 01 August 2018 01:36 PM

    Missed a chance. If the cargo plane was empty why didnt they pack the whole parliament in it and send it off via DM Android App

    varunadhar Wednesday, 01 August 2018 03:17 PM

    It is iconic that whenever a plane lands to Mattala airport it creates a sensation in the country. Whereas, landing and taking off of airplanes should be a normal business affair for an airport...

    Dee Wednesday, 01 August 2018 08:10 PM

    The village folk would have lit crackers and cooked milk rice(red) . They must be still partying breathing the exhaust fumes of it. Great achievement MRIA. Keep it up

    Better Idea Thursday, 02 August 2018 11:18 AM

    Choose three airlines and order them to use MRIA. Don't give permission for them to land at BIA. For example Air India, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways could be forced to use MRIA. Sri Lankan Airlines also could join them.

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