SriLankan Airlines bids farewell to its last Airbus A340 after 21 years

4R-ADF operated the last A340 flight on January 7, 2016

SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) yesterday (January 7) operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight from Chennai to Colombo with the pictured A340-313 4R-ADF (msn 374). The airline issued this statement and photos of the historic event:

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SriLankan Airlines, the first Asian airline to operate the four-engine Airbus A340 aircraft, bid goodbye to the last of its A340s after more than two decades in service, with a final commercial flight on January 7, 2016.

SriLankan introduced the A340 on September 1, 1994, at the time when it was the most sophisticated aircraft manufactured by Airbus Industrie. Over this 21-year period, a total of seven A340s have served the airline, and were for many years the mainstay of its long haul fleet.

Above Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by SriLankan).

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Below Photo: 4R-ADF and the crew received the traditional water cannon salute on its return to Colombo.

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF arrives at Colombo on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

Below Photo: Final handshake recived from SriLankan’s CEO – Suren Ratwatte to Capt. Nanda Nadarajah (former Chief Pilot A340).

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF captain on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

Below Photo: The crew of the last revenue flight:

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF crew on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

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