Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has marked the opening of the new runway at Velana International Airport in the Maldives by operating one of its Airbus A380 aircraft to the island nation.
new 3,400 metre-long and 60-metre-wide runway is the first in the Maldives
capable of supporting an A380. The special Etihad operation was piloted by
First Officer, Ali Ahuson, who is from The Maldives.
Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two guests in The
Residence, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart